A primer on the national capital's many facets, the fully updated and revised National Geographic Traveler: Washington, D.C., is a must-have for any visitor. Detailed, informative entries on the city's main sitesincluding the Capitol, White House, and museum-laden National Mallprovide 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.
Aimed at active travelers who want authentic, enriching, cultural experiences and expert advice from a trustworthy source, National Geographic Travelers provide ways for people to experience a place rather than just visit, and give the true feel of each destination not easily found online.
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.
Diana Parsell is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. She has written for National Geographic, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Science News, and many other publications. Parsell holds graduate degrees in journalism and nonfiction writing from the University of Missouri and Johns Hopkins University.
Jenny Rough has been published by magazines, newspapers, anthologies, e-zines, and public radio. Formerly a lawyer, she switched careers to do what she always lovedwrite. Rough is based in Alexandria, VA.
Richard Nowitz is a contributing photographer to the National Geographic Image Collection. He has been the principal photographer of more than 20 large-format photo and travel guides and was honored by the Society of American Travel Writers as Travel Photographer of the Year in 1968.