the Official Blog of the Unofficial Guides

  • UG_banner_Washington2016

    Museum Shops in Washington, D.C.

    To find the sort of souvenirs you take home for the family, you can combine your sightseeing with your shopping. Some of Washington’s greatest finds are in its museum gift shops. A museum’s orientation is a good guide to its shop’s merchandise: prints, art-design ties, and art books fill the National Gallery of Art shop; model airplanes and other toys of flight are on sale at

  • UG_banner_WDWKids2016

    Arrival Day at Walt Disney World

    Arrival Day at Walt Disney World Tips by Liliane Opsomer, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids You reach Walt Disney World after a long day of travel and lots of anticipation. There is plenty to do on arrival day at Walt Disney World, but using a pricey park ticket right away is not the best idea. Most families have

  • UG_banner_LasVegas2016

    Aria Resort and Casino Las Vegas

    Aria Resort and Casino — The showpiece of CityCenter! Just as Aria ascends to its placement in the Las Vegas skyline, the name derives from an elaborate melody for a single voice rising musically. The 61-story imposing and graceful curved-glass hotel includes 4,004 rooms, an 1,800-seat showroom, 9 bars and lounges, 16 restaurants, a spa and salon, shopping arcade, pool deck,

  • White House Banner

    White House Tour with Renee Sklarew

    Join Renee Sklarew, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Washington D.C., as she takes us on a White House Tour. When working on the guidebook she wanted to see for herself and explain the experience of the current White House tour so others would know what to expect.

  • UG_LasVegas2015_banner

    Caesars Palace – A Must-See, Even if You Don’t Stay There

    Caesars Palace—A Roman theme executed with astounding artistry and attention to detail Fifty years old in 2016, Caesars Palace was the first of the themed hotels and casinos to fully realize its potential, and it is among the foremost at staying fresh through constant updating and remodeling. The perennial classic that reinvents itself, Caesars is a must-see, even if you don’t stay