The Everything Family Guide To Washington D.C.: All the Best Hotels, Restaurants, Sites, and Attractions

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The Everything[Registered] Family Guide to Washington D.C., 3rd Edition includes all the most interesting and popular D.C. destinations. This fun and informative guide takes you from the White House and the monuments to the expansive Smithsonian and other museums, with important travel information such as: Famous landmarks and points of interest, The best hotels for your money, Activities for kids of all ages, Where to dine-with and without the kids.

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Overview

The Everything[Registered] Family Guide to Washington D.C., 3rd Edition includes all the most interesting and popular D.C. destinations. This fun and informative guide takes you from the White House and the monuments to the expansive Smithsonian and other museums, with important travel information such as: Famous landmarks and points of interest, The best hotels for your money, Activities for kids of all ages, Where to dine-with and without the kids.

This completely revised and updated edition features an expanded section on special interest attractions like the African American Civil War Memorial, the National Japanese American Memorial, the National Museum of the American Indian, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The Everything[Registered] Family Guide to Washington D.C., 3rd Edition offers all that your family needs to plan a trip and get the most out of it.

About the Author:
Jesse Leaf worked as U.S. correspondent for SeaTrade

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598692877
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Series: Everything Family Guides Ser.
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 495,625
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Jesse Leaf has been a travel and food writer for forty years. He has written articles regularly for the New York Post; authored a syndicated travel column that appeared in more than sixty newspapers; worked as U.S. correspondent for SeaTrade, the cruise industry's trade organization; and was a contributing editor for Yachting magazine. A resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he is the author of eight books.
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Table of Contents


Top Ten Things to Do in D.C.     xii
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xiv
Welcome to Washington D.C.     1
A City Is Born     1
A Turbulent Beginning     2
Washington During the Civil War     2
D.C. Today     4
Best Times to Visit D.C.     4
What to Pack     7
Plan Ahead     7
Must-See Attractions     11
The Smithsonian Institution     11
The White House     14
The International Spy Museum     15
The Washington Monument     16
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial     16
The Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials     17
The National Zoo     17
Getting There     19
Take an Airplane     19
In and Out of the Airport     25
Getting to D.C. by Train     27
Make It a Road Trip     28
Renting a Car     29
Parking in D.C.     30
Discover the City     31
The D.C. Street System     31
Overview of the Neighborhoods     32
Getting Around Town     40
Guided Tours     44
Water Tours     52
Bicycle Tours     54
Introduction to the Smithsonian     57
The History of the Smithsonian Institution     57
The Smithsonian Today     58
The Castle     59
The Freer Gallery of Art     61
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery     63
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden     65
The National Museum of African Art     67
The National Postal Museum     68
The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum     69
The National Zoological Park     71
Other Galleries and Museums     74
The Top Three Smithsonian Museums     77
The National Air and Space Museum     77
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center     82
The National Museum of Natural History     82
The National Museum of American History     89
Visitors' Information     96
Memorials and Monuments     99
The Washington Monument     99
The Lincoln Memorial     101
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial     103
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial     105
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial     107
The Korean War Veterans Memorial     109
The U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center     110
Arlington National Cemetery and Arlington House     111
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum     117
The National World War II Memorial     119
Government Buildings     121
The White House     121
The United States Capitol     128
The Supreme Court     132
The Library of Congress     134
The National Archives     137
The Mint     138
The U.S. Department of Treasury     141
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)     142
Other Museums     145
The National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden     145
The Corcoran Gallery of Art     150
The Phillips Collection     152
The Kreeger Museum     154
The National Museum of Women in the Arts     157
The National Museum of Health and Medicine     159
The U.S. Navy Museum     160
The International Spy Museum     161
The Newseum     163
More Museums     164
Sites of Historical and Special Interest     169
Ford's Theatre     169
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library     171
The Charles Sumner School     172
The African-American Civil War Memorial     172
Howard University     173
Georgetown University     174
Historic Houses     178
Houses of Worship     189
Other Attractions     193
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts     193
The Folger Shakespeare Library     196
Union Station     198
The Washington National Cathedral     200
The Pentagon     201
The National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall     204
The National Aquarium     205
The National Academy of Sciences     206
The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center     207
Freedom Park     208
The Reagan Trade Building     209
The Old Post Office Pavilion     210
The Washington Post Newsroom     210
Gardens, Parks, and Recreation     213
The National Mall     213
The U.S. Botanic Garden     215
The U.S. National Arboretum     217
Other Gardens and Botanical Exhibits     218
D.C.'s Parks     223
Sports and Recreation      228
Professional Sports     230
Shopping in D.C.     233
Markets and Fairs     233
Shopping for Souvenirs     235
Museum Shops     236
Malls and Department Stores     240
Outlet Shopping     242
Bookstores     244
Consignment Shops and Thrift Stores     246
Toy Stores     247
Other Specialty Shops     249
Family Dining     251
Downtown D.C.     251
Capitol Hill     264
Adams Morgan/Woodley Park     265
Georgetown     267
Dupont Circle     269
Foggy Bottom/West End     272
Cheap and Exotic Eats     277
Eating on the Cheap     277
Downtown D.C.     278
Capitol Hill     285
Adams Morgan/Woodley Park     288
Georgetown     289
Dupont Circle     292
Foggy Bottom/West End     297
U Street Corridor     300
Brunches and Afternoon Teas     301
Where to Stay under {dollar}100     303
How to Save     303
Downtown D.C.      307
Capitol Hill     310
Adams Morgan/Woodley Park     311
Dupont Circle     313
Foggy Bottom/West End     315
Georgetown     315
Moderately Priced Hotels ({dollar}100-{dollar}150)     317
Downtown D.C.     317
Capitol Hill     323
Dupont Circle     324
Foggy Bottom/West End     326
Georgetown     329
In Style-Luxury Hotels     331
Downtown D.C.     331
Capitol Hill     342
Adams Morgan/Woodley Park     344
Dupont Circle     345
Foggy Bottom/West End     349
Georgetown     353
Day Trips from D.C.     355
Mount Vernon     355
Woodlawn Plantation     360
Alexandria, Virginia     362
The Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site     365
The College Park Aviation Museum     366
The NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center     367
Amusement Parks     368
Suggested Itineraries     371
If You Have Only One Day     371
A Weekend in D.C.     372
A Three-Day Weekend in the Capital     374
A Five-Day Getaway     376
Make It a Full Week     378
Washington's Annual Events     381
Additional Resources     397
Maps     400
Index     406
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