A Word from Pauline. 1 Washington: Symbol and City. Sights You Gotta See. Things You Gotta Do. Dining for Every Taste. Uncommon Lodgings. Finest “Other” Experiences. 2 Lay of the Land. Washington’s Logical Street Plan (and Why it Baffles Visiting Motorists). Getting Around in the City. The Liveliest Neighborhoods in the District. . . . And Two More. 3 Accommodations, Both Standard and Not. Alternative Accommodations. Washington Hotels. Low Cost Specialty Lodgings. Hostels. 4 District Dining. Dining Districts. Dining on the Mall. Capitol Hill. Downtown. Penn Quarter/Chinatown. Dupont Circle. Adams Morgan. U Street Corridor. Logan Circle/14th Street. Georgetown (and Glover Park, right next door). 5 Remarkable Sights & Attractions. Getting Organized. Washington’s 10 Iconic Sights. The Smithsonian Institution’s Museums and Zoo. More World–Class Art Museums. Four More Excellent Museums. Museums and Attractions for Visitors with Specialized Interests. Five More Memorials You’ll Want to See. Historic Houses and the Fascinating Folks Who Lived in Them. Washington’s Architectural Standouts. Especially for Kids. Washington by Escorted Tour, Including Some Offbeat Ways to Go. 6 The “Other” Washington. How We Learn. How We Work. How We Relax. 7 Outdoor Washington. Outdoor Spaces for Active People. Outdoor Spaces for the Not–So–Active. The City as Outdoor Sculpture Garden. Recreational Sports. Spectator Sports. 8 Walkabouts. Walking Tour 1: Arlington National Cemetery. Walking Tour 2: Georgetown. Walking Tour 3: Dupont Circle & Embassy Row. 9 Attention, D.C. Shoppers! Where To Spend. Washington’s Top Shopping Areas. Other Specialty Stores. 10 Washington After Dark. Live Theater, The City’s Top Entertainment Buy. Classical Music of All Stripes. More Live Diversions. Bars and Dance Clubs. Gay & Lesbian Nightlife. 11 Get Out of Town. Mount Vernon. Shenandoah National Park. Gettysburg. Annapolis: Down Colonial Lanes. 12 The Essentials of Planning. When to Visit. Washington’s Major Annual Events. Entry Requirements for Non–American Citizens. Customs Regulations for International Visitors. Finding a Good Airfare to Washington, D.C. Traveling Beyond Washington to Other American Destinations. Should You Buy Travel Insurance? Getting from the Airport. What to Wear. Money Matters. Tipping and Taxes. Is it Safe? What If I Get Sick? Staying Wired While You’re Away. Travelers with Special Needs. Washington Books for the Well–Prepared Visitor. Index. Accommodations. Restaurants.