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You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go—they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

Meticulously researched, with every recommendation based on personal experience, Frommer's Washington State is the only guide you'll need to experience all the adventure and natural wonders of this amazing corner of the Pacific Northwest. In this detailed and completely up-to-date guide, you'll find great places to stay in every price range: sleek Seattle business hotels, romantic coastal inns, historic B&Bs, family-friendly motels, rustic cabins, and more.

We'll make sure that you don't miss any of Washington's top experiences: checking out Seattle's galleries and coffee bars, sampling the vintages at up-and-coming wineries, whale watching in the San Juan Islands, biking on bucolic Whidbey Island, hiking Mount Rainier, marveling at Mount St. Helens, and exploring the wondrous temperate rain forest in Olympic National Park. Whether you're looking for family fun or daredevil thrills, Frommer's Washington State will help you design the adventure that's right for you.

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Frommer's guidebooks are packed with the essentials: maps, expert advice, and recommendations for the top places to eat, sleep, shop, and simply relax. Frommer's guides offer more hotel listings than most other series and also include an excellent opening chapter that highlights the best of each destination -- those absolute don't-miss experiences that will make your trip something special. Art, music, fine dining, and much more are covered in detail, with all costs, directions, and other vital information included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470607510
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series , #825
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Samson lives in Oregon, where he spends his time juggling his obsessions with traveling, gardening, outdoor sports, and wine. Each winter, to dry out his webbed feet, he flees the soggy Northwest to update the Frommer's Arizona guide. Karl is also the author of Frommer's Seattle and Frommer's Oregon.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps viii
What's New in Washington 1
1 The Best of Washington 6
1 The Best Natural Attractions 6
Site Seeing: The Best of Washington on the Web 7
2 The Best Outdoor Activities 10
3 The Best Beaches 11
4 The Best Hikes 12
5 The Best Scenic Drives 12
6 The Best Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 13
7 The Best Mountain Lodges/Resorts/Retreats 14
8 The Best Island & Beach Resorts & Lodges 15
9 The Best Dining Experiences 16
10 The Best Brewpubs 17
11 The Best Museums 18
12 The Best Family Attractions 19
13 The Best Small Towns 19
2 Planning Your Trip to Washington 20
1 The Regions in Brief 20
2 Visitor Information & Money 22
3 What Things Cost in Seattle 23
When to Go 23
Washington Calendar of Events 25
4 The Active Vacation Planner 27
5 Educational & Volunteer Vacations 32
6 Insurance 32
7 Tips for Travelers with Special Needs 33
Fly for Less: Tips for Getting the Best Airfares 36
8 Getting There 37
What You Can Carry On--And What You Can't 38
9 Getting Around 41
10 Cruises 43
Fast Facts: Washington 43
3 For International Visitors 45
1 Preparing for Your Trip 45
2 Getting to the United States 49
3 Getting Around the United States 50
Fast Facts: For the International Traveler 51
4 Seattle 56
1 Orientation 57
Neighborhoods in Brief 59
2 Getting Around 63
Fast Facts: Seattle 66
3 Where to Stay in Seattle 68
Family-Friendly Hotels 84
4 Dining 87
Family-Friendly Restaurants 89
5 What to See & Do in Seattle 104
Good Times in Bad Taste 108
Space Needle Alternatives 111
Fish Gotta Swim 116
6 Organized Tours 118
7 Outdoor Pursuits 122
8 Spectator Sports 124
9 Shopping 125
10 Seattle After Dark 134
11 Easy Excursions: Seattle's Wine Country & an Island Getaway 143
5 The San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island & the Emerald Coast 145
1 Whidbey Island 146
2 Anacortes 154
The Name Game 154
3 The San Juan Islands 157
Did You Know? 160
The Truth About Killer Whales 165
The Lopez Wave 175
4 La Conner & the Skagit Valley 179
5 Bellingham & Environs 184
6 South Puget Sound & West Sound 191
1 Bainbridge Island 191
2 Poulsbo & the Kitsap Peninsula 195
3 Gig Harbor 199
4 Tacoma 201
Tacoma After Dark 209
5 Olympia 210
7 The Olympic Peninsula 215
1 Port Townsend: A Restored Victorian Seaport 218
2 Sequim & Dungeness Valley 227
3 Olympic National Park North & the Northern Olympic Peninsula 230
Look Out: Banana Slugs Crossing 237
4 Olympic National Park West 241
8 Southwest Washington 247
1 Grays Harbor & the Central Coast 248
2 The Long Beach Peninsula 254
3 Vancouver & Vicinity 262
9 The Cascades 266
1 Mount Baker & the North Cascades Scenic Highway 266
Natural History Seminars 270
2 Winthrop & the Methow Valley 274
3 Lake Chelan 280
4 Wenatchee: Apple Capital of the World 286
5 Leavenworth: Washington's Own Bavarian Village 288
6 The Snoqualmie Pass Route 296
7 Mount Rainier National Park & Environs 300
8 Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument 309
Bigfoot: Lost Primate or Tabloid Hoax? 312
9 The Columbia Gorge & the Mount Adams Area 315
10 Eastern Washington 321
1 Ellensburg: A Glimpse of the Wild West 321
The Gorge at George 324
2 Yakima & the Wine Country 325
Of Apples & Birdies 332
3 Walla Walla 336
4 The Palouse: A Slice of Small-Town Rural Washington 341
5 Spokane 343
6 The Grand Coulee Dam Area 351
Appendix Washington in Depth 354
1 The Natural Environment 354
2 Washington Today 357
3 Washington History 101 358
Dateline 358
Index 365
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