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.
Get some cultural insight at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and New York Public Library. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie), Philadelphia (City Hall Visitor Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, &more) and Mid Hudson Bridge (in Highland). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take a stroll through Times Square, examine the collection at The Morgan Library & Museum, and settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip maker tool.

Washington to New York City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. In February, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. You'll set off for Buffalo on the 4th (Thu).
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wilderness Lodge and Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House. Do some cultural sightseeing at Niagara Power Project Visitors Center and Sanborn Farm Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Buffalo side-trips: HoliMont (in Ellicottville), Cockaigne (in Cherry Creek) and Niagara Science Museum (in Niagara Falls). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Hamburg Gaming, stroll around Patriots and Heroes Park, relax and rejuvenate at Soma Cura Wellness Center, and pause for some photo ops at McKinley Monument.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Buffalo holiday website.

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 March, things will get little chillier in Buffalo: highs are around 39°F and lows about 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Get some cultural insight at The Strong National Museum of Play and Corning Museum of Glass. Explore hidden gems such as George Eastman Museum and Rochester Museum & Science Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center (in Montour Falls) and Swain Resort (in Swain). There's much more to do: try to win big at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, do a tasting at Casa Larga Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, and ski along the peaceful trails at Powder Mills Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rochester online trip builder.

You can drive from Buffalo to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.
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