Top 5 Washington, DC Guidebooks (Travel Guides)

While so much travel information is now available online, there are still times that it is nice to have a guidebook to bring along and browse through to get insight on your destination. Here is a selection of the best guidebooks for Washington, DC. Find information on attractions, restaurants, lodging, shopping and much more.

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    Frommers Easy Guide
    ••• Frommers Easy Guide. Photo courtesy of Amazon

    Explore Washington, DC with this popular travel guidebook featuring all the sights on Capitol Hill, the National Mall, the White House, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and Maryland and Virginia neighborhoods just beyond the city. The book offers travel tips for adults and for families, including information on places to stay and where to dine. Frommer's is a travel guidebook series founded by Arthur Frommer in 1957 and includes more than 350 guidebooks.

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    Beaten Path
    ••• Beaten Path. Photo courtesy of Amazon

    This popular travel series helps you discover the hidden attractions and unusual places that you won't find in other guidebooks. The book includes insider tips to sightseeing, dining and entertainment in Washington, DC. Off the Beaten Path guidebooks spotlight the most overlooked destinations in the United States, with budget-friendly attractions in mind.

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    Newcomer's Handbook
    ••• Newcomer's Handbook. Photo courtesy of Amazon

    This guidebook provides all kinds of information about living in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland and is a great resource for new residents. Read suggestions about finding a place to live, education, childcare, sports and recreation, transportation and much more. The Newcomer's Handbooks over relocation information for several major cities in the United States.

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    ••• Fodor's Travel. Photo courtesy of Amazon

    This guidebook provides information on the best of Washington, DC including advice on sightseeing, dining, accommodations, entertainment and more. This version of the book includes highlights in Mount Vernon, Alexandria and Annapolis. Fodor's Travel is a division of Penguin Random House and is the world's largest publisher of English language travel and tourism guidebooks.

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    Smithsonian Guidebook
    ••• Smithsonian Guidebook. Photo courtesy of Amazon

    Find everything you want to know about the Smithsonian Institution. This official guide provides a tour of the museums in Washington, DC, the National Zoo and the two museums in New York City. Learn about the history of the museums and see a gallery-by-gallery tour plus practical information such as hours of operation, tour details, dining suggestions, gift shop information and more.

While these guidebooks may be helpful, you can find more immediate and up-to-date information and travel planning advice by exploring my homepage at Take some time and read through my Washington DC Travel Planner and feel free to email me at if you have any specific questions about your trip. I enjoy helping visitors get the most out of their visit and am happy to help. Don't miss our free email newsletter, About Washington, DC, which keeps you up to date on what's happening in the region. Subscribe today!