Appendix B Useful Toll Free Numbers Websites

& 800 247-8726 www.airtran.com American Airlines & 0345 222-111 or 0845 77-333-77 in Britain www.british-airways.com Continental Airlines & 800 525-0280 www.continental.com & 800 452-2022 www.midwestexpress.com Northwest Airlines & 800 435-9792 www.southwest.com & 800 241-6522 www.united.com US Airways & 800 428-4322 www.usairways.com Virgin Atlantic Airways & 800 862-8621 in continental U.S. & 0293 747-747 in Britain www.virgin-atlantic.com & 800 331-1212 in...

The Three Houses of Government

Three of the most visited sights in Washington have always been the buildings housing the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. All three, the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court, are stunning and offer fascinating lessons in American history and government. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have resulted in restricted public access, but it is still possible to tour all three buildings. Here is some information that will help you as you go....

The Club Music Scene

If you're looking for a more interactive, tuneful night on the town, Washington offers hip jazz clubs, lively bars, warehouse ballrooms, places where you sit back and listen, places where you can get up and dance, even a roadhouse or two. If you're looking for comic relief, Washington can take care of that, too (the pickings are few but good). Many nightspots wear multiple hats. For example, the Black Cat is a bar and a dance club, offering food and sometimes poetry readings. So I've listed...

The Performing Arts

Washington's performing arts scene has an international reputation. Almost anything on Broadway has either been previewed here or will eventually come here. Better yet, D.C. is home to truly excellent and renowned repertory theater troupes, and to fine ballet, opera, and symphony companies. Rock bands, head-liner comedians, and jazz folk gospel R& B alternative and other musical groups make Washington a must-stop on their tours. Arena Stage This outpost on the unattractive Washington...

Worth A Splurge

Bistrot D'OC jf FRENCH Spring 2003 was perhaps not the most propitious time for Bernard and Thasanee Grenier to open their French bistro, simply because 10th Street, where the new restaurant is located, was a mess of construction (let's hope everything is back to normal by the time you read this). The torn-up road, however, did not deter fans of the Grenier family, who for 20 years owned the French restaurant, La Miche, in the Maryland suburb of Bethesda. Business was brisk at Bistrot D'OC from...

Capitol Hill The Mall

Best Western Downtown Capitol Hill This chain hotel has an un-chainlike personality, partly because it's small and partly because its features don't seem cut from a mold. The lobby looks more like a comfortable living room the reception desk is tiny and staffed by one capable person rooms have some old-fashioned features, like the cabinet built into a dark-wooden frame that stretches over the top of a bed. Everything is very clean, but not antiseptic. Besides that, the rates are great and the...

Getting Here

Domestic airlines with scheduled flights into all three of Washington, D.C.'s airports, Washington Dulles International (Dulles), Ronald Reagan Washington National (National), and BaltimoreWashington International (BWI), include American ( 800 433-7300 www.aa.com), Continental (& 800 525-0280 www.continental.com), how to set up your computer for their particular system start your explorations at www.personaltelco.net index.cgi WirelessCommunities. Just because your cellphone works at home...

Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria is about 8 miles south of Washington. Founded by a group of Scottish tobacco merchants, the seaport town of Alexandria was born in 1749 when a 60-acre tract of land was auctioned off in half-acre lots. Colonists came from miles around, in ramshackle wagons and stately carriages, in sloops, brigantines, and lesser craft, to bid on land that would be commodious for trade and navigation and tend greatly to the ease and advantage of the frontier inhabitants. The auction took...

Georgetown Glover Park

Georgetown Suites This hotel was designed to meet the needs of business travelers making extended visits, but its casual atmosphere and suites with kitchens work well for families, too. It has two locations, within a block of each other. The main building, which I prefer, is the one on 30th Street, a quiet residential street that's only steps away from Georgetown's action. This building offers a large lobby for hanging out it almost feels like a student lounge, with the TV going games, books,...

Appendix A Washington DC in Depth

Two hundred and fourteen years ago, the world wondered why America had chosen this swampy locale as its capital. It took its first hundred years for Washington to evolve from bumpkin backwater status to an international hub of power, diplomacy, and beauty. Today, Washington, D.C., fully commands center stage. And people from all over the world do come to see D.C. Tourism contributes to the bustle of this city that serves as the seat of the nation's government, as well as home to more than...

Seventh Street Arts Corridor

A couple of these galleries predate the renaissance taking place in this downtown neighborhood. To get here, take the Metro to either the Archives Navy Memorial (Blue-Orange Line) or Gallery Place Chinatown MCI Center (Red-Yellow Line) stations. 406 Art Galleries Several first-rate art galleries, some of them interlopers from Dupont Circle, occupy this historic building, with its 16-foot-high ceilings and spacious rooms. Look for the David Adamson Gallery (& 202 628-0257 www....

Walking Tour Historic Homes Near the White House

7 Old Executive Office Building Weekdays, stop in for breakfast at Bread Line, 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (& 202 8228900). Just a block from the White House, and close to Stop 1, Bread Line sells individual danishes, muffins, croissants, cookies, and other baked goods, all created from scratch on-site, as well as gourmet sandwiches made with fresh-baked breads. (Owner Mark Furstenburg is generally credited with revolutionizing bread-baking in Washington.) You can sit inside or out, or carry...

Museum Exhibits Scheduled for

The following listing, though hardly comprehensive, is enough to give you an idea about upcoming or current exhibits at major Washington museums. Because schedules sometimes change, it's always a good idea to call ahead. See individual entries in this chapter for phone numbers and addresses. Anacostia Museum and Center for African-American History and Culture In Their Own Words African-American Slave Narratives (Sep 14, 2003-Mar 7, 2004) presents a slave's perspective, drawing on the narratives...

Great Shopping Areas

Union Station The only legitimate shopping area on Capitol Hill, Union Station has more than 100 specialty shops, selling jewelry, apparel, and gifts, and more than 45 eateries. Downtown The area bounded east and west by 7th and 14th streets NW, and north and south by New York and Pennsylvania avenues NW, is in a frenzy of development. In addition to the new H& M and Gallery Place stores, mentioned in the introduction, shops here include the chi-chi Chanel Boutique, located within the...

Long Term Stays

A number of the hotels listed in this chapter offer special rates for long-term stays, including the River Inn (p. 105), George Washington University Inn (p. 103), Lincoln Suites (p. 96), and the Adams Inn (p. 98). Bed-and-breakfasts often have a designated room or suite set aside for guests who need lodging for a week or longer. If you don't have the time or inclination to track down acceptable lodging at a good rate, you can have one of Washington's local reservations services, Capitol...

Fast Facts For the International Traveler

Automobile Organizations Auto clubs will supply maps, suggested routes, guidebooks, accident and bail-bond insurance, and emergency road service. The American Automobile Association AAA is the major auto club really an organization of regional auto clubs in the United States. If you belong to an auto club in your home country, inquire about AAA reciprocity before you leave. You may be able to join AAA even if you're not a member of a reciprocal club to inquire, call the MidAtlantic Region's AAA...