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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and simply to use
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...
Published on 11 April 2008 by Duncan

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2.0 out of 5 stars A useful book - but double-check everything
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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and simply to use, 11 April 2008
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Duncan (Reading, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Frommer's Washington D.C. Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket) (Paperback)
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
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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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