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Streetwise Washington, DC Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Washington, DC - Folding Pocket Size Travel Map With Metro (2014)

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2014 UPDATED Streetwise Washington, DC Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Washington, DC - Folding pocket size travel map with integrated mall map & metrorail map featuring lines & transfer stations

This map covers the following areas:
Main Washington DC Map 1:31,000
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Overview

2014 UPDATED Streetwise Washington, DC Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Washington, DC - Folding pocket size travel map with integrated mall map & metrorail map featuring lines & transfer stations

This map covers the following areas:
Main Washington DC Map 1:31,000
Washington DC Mall Map 1:19,000
Washington DC Area Map 1:450,000
Washington DC map Metrorail

Yes, Washington D.C. is home to streets and avenues of Greco-Roman inspired architecture, unrivaled (and free) museums and, of course, unique monuments, but it is the political presence you feel the most.

This is the Superbowl stadium for every past or present player in the game of politics. The Mall serves as center field, with Lincoln, Jefferson, the WWII and Vietnam Memorials on one end, reminding us of the past battles this city has seen, and Congress, confronting current issues, looming at the other end. In between, the White House stands ready to take the field while the Supreme Court sits back waiting to settle the inevitable skirmishes that arise. Surrounding them are the supporting players, the Treasury, The Library of Congress and all the various Departments that run every feasible aspect of public life. Meanwhile, Washington Cathedral stands ready to console the battered and bereaved.

All of this is clearly laid out for you on our STREETWISE® Washington DC Street Map. Sites, whether political or not, are listed as well as hotels, transportation and parks. A separate inset of the Mall details each site. You can find relief from the political playoffs by getting outside of the city and into the bucolic region of the Mid-Atlantic, as seen on the Washington DC Area map.

Our pocket size map of Washington D.C. is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. The STREETWISE® Washington D.C. map is one of many detailed and easy-to-read city street maps designed and published by STREETWISE®. Buy your STREETWISE® Washington D.C. map today and you too can navigate DC like a native. For a larger selection of our detailed travel maps simply type STREETWISE MAPS into the Barnes & Noble search bar.

About STREETWISE® Maps

STREETWISE® is the first map to be designed with modern graphics and is the originator of the laminated, accordion-fold map format. We've set the standard that every map company has imitated but never duplicated. Our mission is to make you feel comfortable, to make you feel safe in a place where you've never been before and to enable you to experience a familiar place more fully.

The company was founded in 1984 by Michael Brown, who had been in international publishing for many years, setting up subsidiaries for textbook publishers. In the 1970's, Brown traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brown would take a large paper map, cut out the city center, folded it up and slip it into his pocket, thus preventing him from looking like a tourist in areas where discretion is the better part of travel. This was his tool for surviving.

After many years on the road, Brown settled back in New York and decided to start his own business, based on the adaptations he had made to maps in his travels. His goal was to give someone the ability to navigate easily in unfamiliar terrain.

He started with a new map format: the accordion fold. Such a simple idea, but at the time it was revolutionary. No more struggling to fold an awkward, oversized paper map. This new format would enable the user to blend in like a native, instead of stick out like a tourist. Brown then added lamination to ensure that the map would be a lasting tool.

More important than the format was the design of the map itself. It had to be a map that not only succeeded above and beyond any map he had used, but was esthetically appealing as well. The look of it had to be as striking as the functionality. Color was introduced in a way that was never seen before in a map - vivid purple for water, soothing gray for the background of street grids, gold to highlight elements of the map. Clarity, conciseness and convenience in a very stylish package.

Building the business was a 24 hour job. Brown sold the maps during the day, zipping around Manhattan making deliveries on his Harley Davidson. At night he packed the orders and did the design work. More titles were added, each title requiring months of research and design.

Today, STREETWISE® produces over 130 titles for major destinations, regions and countries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. We have grown from the back of a motorcycle to selling millions of maps around the world.

Yet each title is still painstakingly researched and updated. STREETWISE® is one of the only, if not THE only map company that conducts research by walking or driving an area to ensure accuracy. After all, what good is the map if what you hold in your hands doesn't match what you see on the street sign? This lengthy fact checking results in superior accuracy; in effect, we've done the work, now you have the adventure.

In the end, it's not about the map, it's about getting out and finding your own authentic experience wherever you go. It's about being in a city or a region and discovering things that you never thought you would find. You can do this if you have confidence and you have confidence if you have a great map. STREETWISE® is the great map that you need.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935039061
  • Publisher: Streetwise Maps, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Series: Streetwise Series
  • Edition description: 2014
  • Edition number: 2013
  • Sales rank: 161,309
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 3.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Easy to use, good value

    Washington DC may have been laid out by a genius, but he is never around to guide me through the complexities of his patterns. I have a son going to school in DC, and in the several trips in and out of the city, I have gotton lost on a regular basis. I have gone through lots of maps, free and expensive. This is the very best map -- of the many I have tried to use -- not only because it in plastic (and therefore not crumbling in my sweaty hand or in the rain) but is clear and concise.

    It is very general outside the central core of the Capital, but very good inside of it -- and particularly helpful in the separate but attached government/monument map that is included.

    I will not say that I was not still able to get lost a few times, but I will say that I was always able to find my way back using this map.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Streetwise maps are indispensable for visiting any large city

    Best tourists maps I have ever found - plastic coated so they don't get ruined in the rain, small enough to carry with you, and they show wonderful detail on public transportation, buildings and various sites. I have used these in NYC, and Washington DC multiple times- I won't go either place without one!

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Handy Map for Getting Around DC

    This is a good overall map for Washington, DC. Not every entrance to the Metro is on the map; for example, there are 3 entrances to Farragut North on the Red Line and the map shows only one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

    Won't leave home without it.

    We have found that the Streetwise maps are extremely useful when visiting a new city or even for everyday reference. (i.e. NYC). Well worth the purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    Nice size to carry along

    This map is small enough to tuck in a purse or a jacket pocket. I used a bigger, more detailed map in the hotel room to plan out my days and used this on the street; I felt it didn't scream, "Lost Tourist!" and target me. This map had all the information I needed to navigate D.C. with confidence.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Washington,DC Laminated Map

    This is good source for touring Washington, DC. Size of map is good, and information on map was good.

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    Posted April 6, 2010

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