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Hi everyone, I'm travelling over from Australia this July to take my 16 yo daughter to a week long teenage summit at Harvard university and somehow wrangled a holiday as well! :)

Itinery is as follows;
From here to Los Angeles where we will be staying at magic castle hotel for 3 nights.
No real plans for there yet, not really interested in Disney land but would love to do a couple of tours and hopefully do a bit of horse riding if possible?

Los Angeles to New York City where we have 7nights. After much searching and many hours on net I have booked an apartment near Empire State Building, I booked this through smartstaynyc aka city lights rentals. It was a bit scary booking from here when we really are newbies! It seemed really good value and close enough to central areas and public transport.. Has anyone had dealings with this company or stayed in that area?
We will probably purchase a New York City pass or similar and do all of the naff tourist things but would also love to do some local markets and outer suburb journeys. We will be there on the 4th July and would love suggestions on places to celebrate!

THEN Boston! :) thinking that catching a train or bus is best, as long as I'm at logan airport by 8pm where I will picking up another 16 year old local friend whom is also attending Harvard. I have then booked us into a lovely Fenway trilogy apartment for 4 nights. I want to take the girls on some American history excursions, of course the history trail and maybe go to Plymouth for a day trip.. After 4 nights I have rented a apartment through airbnb close to Davis square. The girls will then be boarding at Harvard and I have 7 nights ALONE! :) I love a good game of poker and would love to find some local games and perhaps even go down to Connecticut for a night at casino? I would also like do some horse riding or quite happy to just hang out.. The girls will then return to me for a further 2 nights before we return home..

We are all so VERY excited so please excuse my rambling!
ANY suggestions on ANY of these subjects would be fabulous!
We are on a pretty tight budget but with all of the shopping around I have done for accommodation etc we are doing pretty good so don't mind spending on a few really special things.. She just wants to eat at lady gagas dads restaurant and wear heels all day!?! :)

THANKYOU all in advance, even just for getting through this post!!!
Regards, Rebecca x

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