I’m heading off overseas with my 15 year old son. Turns out the cheapest way to get to the US, where we’re spending most of our time is via China. And, in case you’re interested and didn’t know of it, Flightfox is a great way to pay people who know what they’re doing to do lots of research for you on the best value flights.
So this is a list of places we’re going. I’m after any tips you may have on where to stay and what to see. Or useful web resources to plan the trip. Or best car hire etc.
Dec 29-30: 2 days in Beijing. I’ve been to Beijing once before and visited Beijing University, the winter palace, the Olympic village and Tiananmen Square. It’s an enormous place and I don’t really know what else I should do – though I presume the Forbidden City and the Great Wall should be high on the list.
Jan 19-20: Shanghai. This is only place I know next to nothing about so would love some advice on where to stay and what to see.
Dec 31-Jan1:Los Angeles. I don’t much like LA, but we only have two days and will choose from the two great Getty Museums, the incredible Gehry Concert Hall, and for Alex Hollywood and Disneyland and the Queen Mary, Spruce Goose etc. Any ‘must sees’ I’m missing.
From Jan 2 to 15 we’ll land in Washington, see some sights and then hire a car and make our way to Boston by around the 11th or so when we’ll head on a car trip to Maine and its yummy lobsters with a good friend for a few days before heading back to San Francisco. After a couple of days in Washington checking out the sights, we fancy checking out Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water which is in Pennsylvania and Gettysburg is on the way. So we’ll check out what might be incorporated into that trip. Any suggestions?
Then perhaps up to Niagra, or back to Philadelphia and thence onto New York for a few days where I doubt we’ll be short of things to do. Thence to Boston and San Francisco which I know pretty well and where we’re spending a couple of days and three great nights in the only ritzy place I plan to stay, the lovely Palace Hotel. Thence to Shanghai for a couple more days and then home.
So . . . please feel free to recommend any great value hotels, or cool AirBnB places to stay in any of these places or things we should see and do?