- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2008

The District gets a full 17 pages in Patricia Schultz’s “1,000 Places to See Before You Die in the USA and Canada.” That covers a lot of ground in the nation’s capital, including insider info such as “stop by the Old Ebbitt Grill” after a tour of the U.S. Capitol and mentions of off-the-beaten path museums such as the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Northwest.

That certainly is an upgrade from Ms. Schultz’s previous book, “1,000 Places to See Before you Die,” which has most of the D.C. sites lumped together in a few pages. That’s understandable, though, when the National Zoo is competing with the Taj Mahal, for instance.

Ms. Schultz will be signing books today at the Adventures in Travel Expo at the Washington Convention Center in Northwest.

She says coming up with “bucket-list” spots to see in the District wasn’t that hard. She spent five years here in the 1970s as a student at Georgetown University. Though some things obviously have changed, some — the venerable monuments, for example — remain as impressive as they were decades ago.

“I love Washington,” she says. “It offers so much. Every city offers a different host of possibilities, but great American cities like Washington, Chicago and San Francisco offer such a great variety.”

Ms. Schultz says that although she has not been to every place mentioned in her books, she has been to a lot of them. She also calls herself an “obsessive researcher” with a great network of colleagues who provide her with recommendations.

“There are very few places I have not at least breezed through,” she says. “I never rely on one source only or only by calling the board of tourism, which has its own agenda. I get a myriad of opinions.”

Venturing outside of the D.C. area? The book holds more than 1,000 pages of recommendations for the United States and Canada. Perhaps hiking the Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland is on your to-do list or attending the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., is in your travel plans for this year. Ms. Schultz has you covered — and pointed in the right direction for wherever your travel plans take you.

The Adventures in Travel Expo continues today from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Admission is $10 online or $15 at the door. Call 202/878-2577 or visit www.adventureexpo.com.

A few places to see nearby before you die

Inn at Little Washington — “Order from the 14,000-bottle wine list and prepare to be amazed.”

Historic Georgetown — “Get a taste of Georgetown history at Martin’s Tavern, a dark cozy restaurant/bar that opened in 1933 and claims to have served every president since.”

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum — “We must never forget, and we must never allow it to happen again. That is the message of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.”

International Spy Museum — “With the Pentagon closed to visitors since Sept. 11 and the headquarters of the CIA and FBI also off-limits to tourists, where is a conspiracy theorist to go?”

National Archives — “The U.S. has a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, point them to the rotunda of the National Archives.”

National Building Museum — “One of Washington’s most impressive spaces, nearly as long as a football field, with massive Corinthian columns supporting the 159-foot ceiling. No wonder it has been used as the site of 14 presidential inauguration balls.”

Source: “1,000 Place to See Before You Die in the USA and Canada,” by Patricia Schultz

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