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CHAPTER 1

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T H E B E S T O F W A S H I N G T O N , D. C . , O N A B U D G E T

Site Seeing: The Best Washington Websites

  • www.washingtonpost.com: This is the Washington Post’s site, a most helpful source for up-to-date information on restaurants, attractions, and nightlife (as well as world news).

  • www.washington.org: The Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation operates this site. It gives a broad overview of what to see and do in D.C. and provides travel updates on security issues. Click on “Visitor Information” for tips on where to stay, dine, shop, and sightsee.

  • www.washingtonian.com: Sure, you’ll find some nice articles from the print magazine of the same name, but there’s much more here. “What’s Happening” is a monthly guide to what’s on at museums, theaters, and other cultural showplaces around town. The magazine really wants you to buy the print edition, though—for sale at book- stores, drugstores, and grocery stores throughout the area.

  • www.fly2dc.com: In addition to its extensive information about air- line travel in and out of Washington (and ground transportation from each airport), this site also offers fun articles about restaurants and things to do in D.C.

  • www.opentable.com: This site allows you to make reservations at some of the capital’s finest restaurants.

  • www.dcaccommodations.com: This nicely designed site recommends hotels suited for families, women, sightseers, or business travelers.

  • www.hotelsdc.com: Capitol Reservations, a 20-year-old company, represents more than 100 hotels in the Washington area, each of which has been screened for cleanliness, safety, and other factors. You can book your room online.

  • www.bnbaccom.com: For those who prefer to stay in a private home, guesthouse, inn, or furnished apartment, this service offers more than 80 options for you to consider.

  • www.si.edu: This is the Smithsonian Institution’s home page, which provides information about visiting Washington and leads you to the individual websites for each Smithsonian museum.

  • www.kennedy-center.org: Find out what’s playing at the Kennedy Center and listen to live broadcasts through the Net.

campus of Washington National Cathedral, 3510 Woodley Rd.

NW (& 202/537-6383; www. pecf.org). See p. 107.

3 Frommer’s Best Dining Bets on a Budget

See chapter 6 for complete reviews of all the restaurants mentioned below.

  • Best Spot for a Celebration: Café Atlantico, 405 8th St. NW (& 202/393-0812), will give you reason to celebrate even if you

didn’t arrive with one. The restau- rant is pure fun, with charming waiters, seating on three levels, col- orful wall-size paintings by Latin and Caribbean artists, fantastic cocktails, and unusual but not

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