The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C

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9780028620367: The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C

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"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
Chicago Sun-Times

"Indispensable"
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Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide:

  1. Details on the best guided tours on foot and by boat, bus, horse carriage, Segway, bicycle, and trolley
  2. A complete guide to Washington's cultural and historic sights—with helpful hints for making the most of your time
  3. Hotels reviewed and ranked for value and quality—plus secrets for getting the lowest rate possible
  4. Proven strategies for enjoying Washington with your kids
  5. Everything you need to know to get around quickly and easily—including complete details on the Metro

Sample Rating

Washington National Cathedral *Five Stars

Location Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW; # 202-537-6200 or 202-537-5596 for tour information; www.cathedral.org/cathedral

Nearest Metro station The Woodley Park/National Zoo station is about a half-hour walk; drive or take a cab.

Type of attraction The sixth-largest cathedral in the world (guided and self-guided tours).

Admission Free; suggested donations are $3 adults, $2 seniors, and $1 children.

Special comments A Gothic masterpiece; take the optional 30- to 45-minute, docent-led tour.

How much time to allow 1 hour.

About the Author:

Eve Zibart, AUTHOR OF SEVERAL BOOKS, INCLUDING The Unofficial Guide to New Orleans, The Unofficial Guide to New York, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World for Grown-ups, and The Ethnic Food Lover’s Companion, is a feature writer and restaurant critic for the “Weekend” section of the Washington Post; as the former nightlife columnist, she drew on her intimate knowledge of D.C.’s diverse after-hours scene as well as the area’s vast array of dining spots when writing our entertainment and restaurant sections. Eve also scoped out where to find the best deals for our chapter on shopping and gently reminded Joe that biking is only one form of exercise.

THE CONTRIBUTOR OF MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL WORK on this guide, Joe Surkiewicz has coauthored five titles in the Unofficial Guides series and written two guides to the best places to ride a mountain bike in the Mid-Atlantic states. Joe is communications director at the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland. He lives in Baltimore with his best friend and counselor, Ann Lembo. When not traveling or bicycling, they enjoy evenings curled up on the sofa with their black-and-white feline companions, Molly and Trixie, to watch blackand-white movies starring 1930s film divas Kay Francis, Norma Shearer, and Miriam Hopkins.

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