15 days in New York City, Buffalo & Rochester Itinerary

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New York City
— 6 nights
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Buffalo
— 4 nights
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Rochester
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New York City — 6 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and The Met Cloisters are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Greenwich Village and New York Public Library. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie) and The Fred J. Johnston Museum (in Kingston). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, and take a stroll through Dumbo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the New York City tour planner.

Washington to New York City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for little chillier days in New York City, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Buffalo.
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Buffalo — 4 nights

Queen City

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Explore hidden gems such as Niagara Falls and Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House. Get some cultural insight at National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Buffalo side-trips: Niagara Power Project Visitors Center (in Lewiston) and Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls Observation Tower & Niagara Science Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, make a trip to Canalside, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica, and take a tour of Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Buffalo online itinerary planner.

Getting from New York City to Buffalo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in May, expect little chillier with lows of 50°F in Buffalo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Rochester.
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Rochester — 4 nights

Flower City

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Corning Museum of Glass and Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Strong National Museum of Play and Highland Park. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars (in Dundee), Ravines Wine Cellars - Keuka Lake (in Hammondsport) and Watkins Glen State Park (in Watkins Glen). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Letchworth State Park, see the interesting displays at George Eastman Museum, and admire the striking features of The Wadsworth Homestead.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rochester online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buffalo to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.
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