Friday, 3 May 2013

Review: 'Family Guide: Washington, DC'

Family Guide: Washington, DC, 2012, DK, $25.00, softbound, 255 pages. Category/Genre: travel. Cover: makes you want to open the book. Where we got it: bought it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

If you're planning on going to Washington, DC with your kids -- or if you're looking for a research book to help you write about Washington, DC -- then this could be the right book for you. 

This guide provides practical information (such as getting round, accommodations, health, etc.) along with expert recommendations for sightseeing with kids. 

There are also some really nice colour photographs, along with interesting facts about Washington -- facts which adults will enjoy as much as their kids will. For instance, the book says that Abraham Lincoln's shoe size was a staggering 14 -- whereas the average shoe size for a man is 10 1/2.  

Each chapter has a 'best of' feature followed by key sights in the area and ideas on where to eat, drink, and have more fun. There are sections on 'Washington, DC on a budget,' 'Washington, DC by season,' 'Three days in Washington, DC,' and 'Theatrical Washington, DC.' 

There's information on getting to your destination, whether you're going by air, bus, car, or rail. 

If you like this one, try: Frommer's Washington, DC 2012 by Elise Hartman Ford; The Rough Guide to Washington, DC by Jules Brown and J.D. Dickey.  

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