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Frommer's Washington D.C. Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket) [Paperback]

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27 Oct 2009 Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket (Book 55)
These attractively priced, four–color guides offer dozens of neighborhood and thematic tours, complete with hundreds of photos and bulleted maps that lead the way from sight to sight. Day by Days are the only guides that help travelers organize their time to get the most out of a trip. Full–color package at an affordable price Star ratings for all hotels, restaurants, and attractions Foldout front covers with maps and quick–reference information A tear–resistant foldout map—enclosed in a handy plastic wallet you can also use for tickets and souvenirs Handy pocket–sized trim 22 Self–guided Tours. 34 Maps. One Great Trip. At last, a travel guide that tells you how to see the best of everything––in the smartest, most time–efficient way. Written by a D.C. local, Frommer′s Washington D.C. Day by Day offers you: The best of Washington in 1, 2, or 3 days Complete coverage of the newly reopened Smithsonian National Museum of American History Thematic tours for every interest, schedule, and taste Walking tours of the city′s best–loved neighborhoods Hundreds of evocative color photos Bulleted maps that show you how to go from place to place Hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for all budgets Outdoor activities, whether you want to ride horses, stroll along the Potomac Rover, or bike ride or kayak And plenty of kid–friendly choices throughout Frommer′s. The best trips start here. Visit us online at Frommers.com 

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (27 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470497602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470497609
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.6 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...Point–by–point walks...offer structure...while the ′best′ sections...make choosing a place to eat...far easier...original and insightful..." ( PR Week , March 2006)

"...Point–by–point walks ... offer structure ... while the ′best′ sections ... make choosing a place to eat ... far easier ... original and insightful..." ( PR Week , March 2006) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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22 Self–guided Tours. 34 Maps. One Great Trip. At last, a travel guide that tells you how to see the best of everything—in the smartest, most time–efficient way. The best of D.C. in one, two, or three days Thematic tours for every interest, schedule, and taste, whether you love art or the great outdoors Walking tours of the city′s best–loved neighborhoods and day trips to surrounding areas Hundreds of evocative color photos Bulleted maps that show you how to go from place to place Hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for all budgets A tear–resistant foldout map—enclosed in a handy plastic wallet for tickets and souvenirs

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and simply to use 11 April 2008
By Duncan
Unlike other guide books this one shows you how to visit all the sights in the most time efficient way, by showing the sites as a connected series of walks for 1, 2 or 3 day tours. The information is clearly laid out in full colour and includes plenty of photographs.

The book also includes a handy map of the central area as a fold out from the front cover and a separate foldout map including in a pocket inside the rear cover. Best of all it's pocket sized ideal for carrying around.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A useful book - but double-check everything 3 Jun 2012
By M1nd
Just back from holiday and felt the need to provide some warnings to fellow travellers. The book is a very useful guide to Washington DC, although oriented to visitors from the US. It fits in the back pocket of your jeans, has a metro map inside the front cover and comes with a street map in a resealable pocket in the back. So far so good.

Unfortunately there were problems with our copy, dated 2010. The main downsides of the book and map are that the details aren't necessarily correct. The map is possibly the worst example of cartography I have had the misfortune to come across. Streets and avenues seem to be in the right place, as do the main buildings but little else does. You'll find yourself circling blocks in search of misplaced metro stations and sights. Two examples - the map shows the White House Visitor Center on E St. It isn't, it is on Pennsylvania Avenue. Farragut North Metro station isn't on 18th st as shown, it is at the junction of Connecticut Ave and K St. And don't even think of looking for the Gallery Place/Verizon Center metro station on the map - it is missing completely.

I'm sure you can imagine our relief when we managed to make the Smithsonian Museum of American History just before the heavens opened. Unfortunately the relief was short-lived as it was 5:30 and the museum was just shutting. According to Frommer's guide it should have been open for another two hours. If you do go back, as we did, you'll find that Frommer's leading exhibit, on Abraham Lincoln, doesn't exist (although there is an interesting gallery on US Presidents). Presumably it was a time-limited exhibition.

I could go on but won't. I'll simply say one thing - caveat emptor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great weekend travel guide, but heavily outdated. 29 May 2009
By Traveller - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book recently from a B&M store when I decided at the last minute to take a trip to DC. The content and layout is quite different than other guidebooks I've had in the past. It tries to organize it's content based on "day tours" of the sites. You identify a category you're interested in (i.e. Washington D.C. with Kids), and it maps out a step-by-step procees for seeing the appropriate sites for that group, in the most efficient way possible. Many of the suggested tours overlap, and it's relatively simple to piece different sections together to create your own custom tour.

Overall, I really liked this format for a quick weekend trip where I wanted to see as many sights as possible without trying to figure out on my own how to most efficiently do that. But this format does have it's shortcomings. Most noticeably, since a popular sight may be part of multiple touring plans, the information about that site is spread across many different pages. For example, the paragraph about the Air and Space Museum in the "Washington DC for Kids" section only focuses on the things that kids would like in the museum. You have to locate (in the index) other entries for Air and Space Museum, and read them all in order to get the full picture of what the museum has to offer. More traditional guidebooks have one master listing for each location. This annoyance wouldn't stop me from purchasing this book again, but it's important to point out this key difference.

And finally, a few notes about the outdated nature of the content. As you can see above, print date for this book was 2007. As such, MUCH of the content is out of date. They don't mention anything about the American History museum because it was undergoing a complete remodel at the time. The fold out metro map in the front was invaluable, but several of the outlying stations are missing.

If this book was updated in a new edition, I would highly recommend it with 5 stars. It may not be your most detailed guidebook, but it doesn't try to be, and it fulfils its purposed very nicely. That's why I think it would be eligible for 5 stars.


Small, compact format. Carried in my pocket the whole trip.
Includes guidebook, Metro map, "downtown" city map, and full detached city map.
Content layout with times and suggested step-by-step guides for your visit


Grossly outdated content in some regards.
Organization of content can be confusing for those new to this kind of guide

All in all, I'd still buy this book if I were to do it over. Just know the things I mentioned above when making your decision if this is the best fit for you as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly Organized 12 Aug 2010
By A. Jonsson - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this for an upcoming DC trip and am just in the planning stages. Just trying to plan prompted me to write a review and say I hate this book. Unfortunately, it was the only one B&N had! The organization is just plain dumb. It organizes everything by type of tour: DC in one day; DC in two days; Historic DC; Architectural DC; DC with Kids, etc. but what that causes is a lot of repeat of tourist attractions. I.e. something can both be architectural and historic. You can't dog-ear effectively because of the redundancy and for eg., 'Washington National Cathedral' on one page with one description and 'National Cathedral' on another with a slightly different description (Note: the inconsistency in the name, that isn't my doing). Let me just say, I understand the appeal of a book like this if you have limited days, but I think a much better structure would be listing the monuments and attractions with descriptions at the beginning then organizing them in to tours w.o descriptions towards the end. That way you get attractions in one place and can research and then organize your tours dependent on your likes. That's this book's biggest downside - no listing of attractions in one place. What if the one day tour has you miss out on something that would be to your liking because you wrote off a tour of Architectural DC and the only place that attraction shows up is in there?? Overall, I am very disappointed with this book, it was a waste of $13, and I'm going to go get a Fodor's book today. I have read other's reviews (just now unfortunately) about it's accuracy and can't comment on this. We go to DC tomorrow night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is like a "Guidebook-Lite" 5 Aug 2008
By Mrs. Night Owl - Published on Amazon.com
Frommer's has several DC guidebooks and I own two: a heavy-duty guidebook and this "lighter" version. This "Day by Day" version is pared down and geared towards which sights to see instead of focusing on which hotels are best.

I live in St. Louis but I spend a lot of time in DC with my husband (he has an office there). Our stays range from 2 days to 3 months (so we've covered quite a bit) and this book always comes with me on the plane.

I would rate this book 5 stars except I don't think it could be used as a sole means of DC info. Imagine this book being a shopping catalog - you look at the pics, read a brief description, and based on those you know if you are interested in the product. Well, for me, when I find something interesting in this book my next step is to break out the heavy-duty Frommer's DC to get more/related info. Also, I always use my Streetwise laminated map. It is superior to any that I've used from guidebooks.

I recommend that this book be used as a "highlights" of the more in-depth Frommer's DC. These Frommer's guides will certainly steer you in the right direction and you'll be armed with the info you need to enjoy your visit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 12 Jun 2010
By Michael R. Henke - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book's first edition (blue cover) and used it when visiting DC for conferences and training. Now I moved to the District and this book is used by my visiting friends and family. I still flip through it occasionally also. Small and compact. I will pair this with A Neighborhood Guide to Washington, D.C.'s Hidden History and have a great day sight seeing.
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked the Trip Itinerary 2 Nov 2009
By vivian - Published on Amazon.com
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We were only in DC for a day and this book has really good itineraries to make sure you visit the must see attractions.
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