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National Geographic Traveler: Washington, d.c.
A primer on the national capital's many facets, the fully updated and revisedNational Geographic Traveler: Washington, D.C., is a must-have for any visitor. Detailed, informative entries on the city's main sites—including the Capitol, White House, and museum-laden National Mall—provide background information on each place, along with logistics on how best to visit. Also included are lesser known sites such as Dumbarton Oaks and its gorgeous gardens; bustling Eastern Market, a popular weekend brunch stop; and Frederick Douglas's former residence, Cedar Hill. Self-guided walks help you get to know different areas, including a brick sidewalk tour of stately Georgetown and a spin around the president's neighborhood. Extensive features help explain some of the undercurrents of this fascinating place, including insights into the political machine and how Old Guard Washington works. The guide also includes the popular Insider Tips from National Geographic and local experts on favorite or little-known sights and events, as well as dozens of experiential sidebars, including participating in the kite-flying festival and reliving black history in the U Street area.
John Thompson is a regular contributor to National Geographic books and other publications. His works include National Geographic Guide to America's Outdoors: Southeast, Our National Parks, and books on the National Historic Trails and the Appalachia region of the U.S. A former resident of Washington, D.C., he now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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