Fodor’s Washington, D.C. 2011: with Mount Vernon, Alexandria & Annapolis (Full-color Travel Guide) Reviews

November 28th, 2011

Fodor’s Washington, D.C. 2011: with Mount Vernon, Alexandria & Annapolis (Full-color Travel Guide)

• Full-color guide • Make your trip to Washington, D.C., unforgettable with 30 maps, illustrated features, and 230 color photos.

• Customize your trip with simple planning tools • Top experiences and attractions • Ideas for making the most of your time • Easy-to-read color neighborhood and Metro maps

• Explore Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and beyond • Discerning Fodor’s Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more • “Word of Mouth” tips from fellow Fodor’s travelers • Illustrated features on the National Air and Space Museum, the Capitol, and D.C.’s political scandals

• Opinions from destination experts • Fodor’s D.C.-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts • Revised annually to provide the latest information

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  1. Afton Forred says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A good general guide with a touch of humor, February 19, 2011
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    Afton Forred (Harper, KS United States) –
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    This review is from: Fodor’s Washington, D.C. 2011: with Mount Vernon, Alexandria & Annapolis (Full-color Travel Guide) (Paperback)

    This book was written by DC area residents, and their knowledge of the city shows. The reviews of restaurants, hotels, and attractions give the reader a good idea of what to expect: editors’ picks, top picks, and kid friendly places are all marked with special icons. The index is exhaustive, and the table of contents clearly shows the organization of the book. I especially like the “Fodor’s Features” box, which points out the in depth sections, which are marked by an orange “In Focus” bar along the edge of the pages, and the list of maps.

    Some of the maps could be better, but overall they’re pretty good. Two of the best maps for showing the locations of hotels and restaurants are not on the list of maps, but they have their own chapter, “Dining and Lodging Atlas”. The inside front cover has a map of the Metro, and the inside back cover shows a detailed map of the Mall and where the Metro lines run there. The pull out map is a typical map of DC, meaning it doesn’t go very far north or west, but has good detail for what it shows. It has a detail view of the National Mall and Downtown on one side, with a paper surface, and the main map on the other side, with a glossy, almost laminated, surface.

    The reviews all mention Metro stops when they’re close enough to walk, and they all give a price range, from a cent sign to four dollar signs. They don’t give a dollar figure, though, like some other guides do. This book also doesn’t give as much information on the DC Circulator or public transportation options other than the Metro.

    My favorite thing about this book, though, was the unexpected humor found throughout, especially the Party Animal boxes in the nightlife section.

    Overall, a very good source of information and planning tools, as well as some culture and history.

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  2. Aderyn says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Many good ideas, but incomplete, May 4, 2009
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    Aderyn (Small-Town Michigan, USA) –
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    This review is from: Lonely Planet New York Washington DC & the Mid-Atlantic Trips (Regional Travel Guide) (Paperback)
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    This Lonely Planet guide has many good ideas for places to see and things to do, but lacks the touches that would make it a better guidebook. Despite claiming “many easy to use maps,” street-level maps are vague, at best, and often not provided at all. The highway maps also lack detail, although the routes are clearly marked.

    The authors promise you’ll travel “like a local: on the run, riding the subways…” but there are no maps or guidance about where to find subway or bus stops or which routes to choose to reach the suggested destinations (example: “Coney Island. Grab a train to the Brooklyn coast and step off into the fresh sea air.” That’s it.)

    Of course, one of the first things a local does with one of these guides is check her/his own area and see if s/he agrees with the book. I did find that many of the suggestions for the “48 Hours in Manhattan” tour (the only one with which I was already familiar) did, in fact, agree with those I’ve been given and shown by the locals, even including some of the street vendors.

    In the “sleep” suggestions for each trip, information is given for hours, telephone service, family-friendly and pet-friendly lodgings. Initially, this made me think this would be the book to have along if traveling with my dog. However, almost none of the listed hotels/motels have the pet-friendly or family-friendly icons. It would be much more helpful if at least one of each were listed for each trip, or even most of the trips, particularly for pets. At least if you show up with kids at a “non-family-friendly” hotel, they’re still going to let Junior in; the same cannot be said for Fido.

    This would be a useful guide for someone who already lives in the area, to glean suggestions for trips and activities you may not have tried, or a good companion guide, along with more thorough guides and maps, for a traveler. However, it’s really just an idea book, not a stand-alone, turn-by-turn reference for the trips it suggests.

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  3. S. D. Fischer says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Starting Point for a Trip in the Mid-Atlantic Region, May 15, 2009
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    S. D. Fischer (Washington, DC USA) –
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    This review is from: Lonely Planet New York Washington DC & the Mid-Atlantic Trips (Regional Travel Guide) (Paperback)
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    This well-organized guide provides 50 itineraries (listed by state as well as by theme) which include sites in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The index helps to find something specific (such as a certain attraction or all fairs and festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region).

    Each of the 50 itineraries include the recommended duration of the trips (number of days), distance to travel, and even the best season to go. There is a brief description of each recommended stop as well as suggested detours if you have a little extra time. Each itinerary also includes a summary of Trip Information in one to two pages which includes where to stay, where to eat, and what to do (all with addresses, phone numbers and websites). There are even several music playlists with recommended radio stations for the various regions.

    This is a good starting point if you live in the Mid-Atlantic region and are trying to get ideas for a trip relatively close to home, or if you are interested in visiting the region but aren’t sure what you might like to do once you get here.

    I highly recommend getting a travel guide on the specific cities you decide to visit (New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, etc.) as it is not possible to go into any great detail in one book that covers so many states (each with so many places to visit and so much to do).

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  4. Vesta Irene says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Going to New York — Don’t Forget Lonely Planet, August 13, 2009
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    This review is from: Lonely Planet New York Washington DC & the Mid-Atlantic Trips (Regional Travel Guide) (Paperback)
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    The Lonely Planet Trip books are excellent companions if you’re going on a driving vacation. They may not contain all the information you may want about a place, but then again, they’re not designed to do that. They are trip guides, but not quite travel guides. You won’t get a list of the finer museums along you’re route, but you will get info on the best way to get where you’re going in the book covered and you’ll get the highlights.

    Each Trip book has little side tours you can take along the way and they do give you a brief history, not too detailed, but enough so you’ll know a bit about each side trip. The maps are easy to understand and that’s good for a person like me who does not have an onboard GPS. Yes, I still travel with guide books, maps and an atlas.

    And, of course, with Lonely Planet Trip books. I have nine of them, have used seven of them and plan on using the other two, but we’ve yet to get to the area they cover in our car. However, when we do, you can bet that we won’t be forgetting them.

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