Native Washingtonians Judy Colbert and Denis Collins have grown up
and lived amid some of the most exciting sightseeing in the
country--in their own grand urban backyard. They share this
knowledge in "Peaceful Places: Washington, DC." Now readers can
enjoy the sights without being elbow-to-elbow with visitors from
around the country and the world. Their diverse peaceful finds
unfold in 12 categories of tranquil spots: Day Trips &
Overnights, Enchanting Walks, Historic Sites, Museums &
Galleries, Outdoor Habitats, Parks and Gardens, Quiet Tables,
Reading Rooms, Scenic Vistas, Shops & Services, Spiritual
Enclaves, and Urban Surprises. Readers will find places that please
the senses of smell, touch, hearing, sight, and taste.
In addition to the beautifully written site descriptions, the
concise entries also include vital information such as locations
for the nearest Metro stations or local parking facilities,
admission charges (and any free times), and operating hours. Plus,
the authors provide a ?peacefulness ratingOCO based on three
criteria: always peaceful, usually quite tranquil, or peaceful
during the times or seasons specified in the peaceful place entry
The entries are arranged three ways: alphabetically by name; by
category (see all 12 listed above); and by area (keyed to the
guidebook's maps). That is so readers can pick a quiet spot
according to interest, mood, and location. Although most of the
attractions are in the downtown, National Mall, and northwest
sections of Washington, many escapes are located beyond those
perimeters and on into Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland.
"Peaceful Places: Washington, DC" is not a coffee-table book.
ItOCOs one to keep in the car, the briefcase, the backpack, or the
purse. Whether the reader is a native, who has lived in D.C. long
enough to be considered a native, or is a visitor with only a few
hours between business meetings or a hectic tourist schedule, this
book will be a treasured asset."
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