In our nation’s capital, many thrilling reminders of the American saga reside in this uniquely purposed slice of geography: with history around every corner, Washington, D.C. is a city that magically blends yesterday and today. This updated guide—often among our top 3 domestic best-sellers—lets visitors discover the myriad, ever-changing charms of the nation’s capital.
Expanded Coverage: World-class museums, shady parks, and an important arts scene make Washington, D.C. an ever-changing American showcase (more than 15 million tourists head here every year). Plus, brand new hotel, restaurant, shop, and bar reviews in this annual update offer fresh tips for staying, and playing, in such top hotspots as Dupont Circle and Georgetown.
Illustrated Features: Thanks to hundreds of vibrant photos, the guide is a virtual magic- carpet ride to Washington’s most exciting attractions. Features in glowing color propel visitors to the awe-inspiring Capitol Building, the eye-popping sights of the National Air and Space Museum, and the nation’s most revered resting-place, Arlington Cemetery. Restaurant thumbnail sketches highlight the most delicious options in each neighborhood. These special sections create a sense of intimacy with and appreciation for what Washington, D.C. is all about.
Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: The “Experience” chapter includes a variety of super-useful sections, such as D.C With Kids, Free in D.C., and Top Attractions, and the “Neighborhoods” chapter describes fascinating walks to key off-the-beaten-path sights. Each of these eight chapters opens with a "Top Reasons to Go" map, supported by other essential information designed to help in planning and scheduling visits to attractions. For those with a taste for the more serious goings-on that drive the city’s pulse, we’ve added special features such as “Scandalous Washington” and “How Laws are Made.” All this, plus exhaustively detailed chapters on Nightlife, the Performing Arts, Sports, Shopping, and Side Trips makes it easy for readers to custom-plan an exciting vacation.
Discerning Recommendations: Fodor’s Washington D.C. offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
TripAdvisor Reviews: Our experts’ hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their Washington D.C. stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut.