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I have a large number of these travel guides. What I like about them is their format - each book gives an overview (rather than lots of detail). It provides a summary of what is on offer. Inside is not just the obvious i.e. the Top 10 sights to see. Also you get things like the Top 10 museums & galleries, Top 10 markets, Top 10 Arts & Crafts, Top 10 events etc. - even the Top 10 things to avoid. That makes them very useful, and a unique approach to travel guides. I use them to decide what to do, and then use another book (or a website) to give me more detail if I need that.

This book covers, for example:
 Washington DC's Highlights
 U S Capitol
 The White House
 National Air & Space Museum
 National Gallery of Art
 Library of Congress
 Washington National Cathedral
 National Zoological Park
 Arlington National Cemetery
 Mount Vernon
 Top 10 Moments in History
 Top 10 US Presidents
 Top 10 Art Galleries
 Top 10 Museums
 Top 10 Historic Homes & Buildings
 Top 10 Places of African-American History
 Top 10 Memorials & Monuments
 Top 10 Green Spaces
 Top 10 Children's Attractions
 Top 10 Places of Politics & Intrigue
 Top 10 Restaurants
(This is some, not all)

The book in its physical format is small - just small enough to fit inside a DL envelope (i.e. the standard white envelope, designed to accept a sheet of A4 paper folded twice). It is actually a few centimetres shorter than a DL envelope. This compact size makes it easy to fit into your pocket.

This book can't provide detail - it can provide `the big picture'. I now normally take two travel guides with me - a DK Top 10 one like this and a detailed travel guide, to get the best of both worlds. If you just have a detailed travel guide, you can miss out on things that you wish you had visited.

On a separate issue, I originally bought my Top 10 books in the Kindle format (because I am a Kindle lover) and to my surprise found the Kindle format terribly irritating. It taught me that when using a travel guide, you want to be able to flick quickly through it and jump around easily - that's SO much easier with a physical book. In addition, you want it to be in colour - you can cure that by taking your iPad with you but an iPad is bigger and heavier than this book in its paperback version. You can get round that if you have an iPad mini or a large screen smartphone (neither of which I had when I bought this) but you are still left with the problem of being unable to flick around the book quickly. Travel guides just don't work well in the Kindle format, in my opinion.

You may feel otherwise but that is how I feel. I found the relative awkwardness in flicking around the Kindle book a major handicap. And this is despite the fact that I buy most of my books in Kindle format.

The beauty of these books is that they give you an overview, which means that you end up doing things that you would not have done otherwise.
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on 15 August 2014
It is an excellent tourist guide! I would highly recommend it to anyone sightseeing Washington DC. I found it very useful when visiting DC. The map at the back is excellent with all the major streets, monuments and museums you want to see. Additional it 's got great metro map which I found very useful when going around the city. The book has got much more then TOP 10! Good small size fitted in my backpack and was just perfect to carry around.
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on 4 July 2014
I am planning a trip to Virginia and wanted to look up things to do near by, well Washington DC stood out and this book has enough information to get you looking up more. the detail is fantastic, and don't be put off by it only being the top ten, there isn't much missing. small and not to heavy to be packed to go with you, or as it says in the book, photocopy the pages you need and then dispose of them after to save on weight.
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This 144-page book - the 11th (PRINT) edition of March 2014 - is a colourful and informative guide to the attractions of the capital city of the USA; for real visitors and armchair travellers alike. It has all the usual features, including excellent maps and articles. There are excellent colour photos breaking up the text columns, so you can see what you are looking for. It is a handy up-to-date guidebook, with all the usual topics a tourist guide provides, as well as chapters on the top ten sites (US Capitol; The White House; National Air and Space Museum; National Museum of American History; National Gallery of Art; Library of Congress; National Cathedral; National Zoo; Arlington Cemetery; Mount Vernon).

Please note that this is a POCKET guide to the HIGHLIGHTS of the area, and not an in-depth study of everything to be found there. For that, you need a full-sized guide.

The Contents include -
P007: Washington’s Top 10 (and other touristy stuff to see and do)
P069: Around Town (with sub-sections on 6 districts)

P115: Streetsmart (practical touristy information); including -
P126: Places to Stay
P134: General Index
P144: Street Index
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on 12 October 2014
Highly informative, maps very helpful. Particularly liked the lists. It is compact and fits easily into handbag or pocket. It really helped us make best use of time in our recent visit.
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on 2 August 2014
Loved the hard copy from the Library and so added the Kindle version so I could access the information while in Washington. Only missed the pull out maps
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on 24 October 2014
Really useful guide with information and map. Pocket sized or handbag sized. Don't leave home without it!!
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on 5 August 2014
Delivered and as described excellent
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on 17 November 2014
Very good information of all the tourist attractions in Washington DC. Like other Eyewitness guides.
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on 10 November 2014
Great Product - Fantastic Price and Wonderful Service and Delivery. Keep up the Good Work
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