15 days in New York City, Buffalo & Rochester Itinerary

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New York City
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Buffalo
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Rochester
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New York City — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie) and Historic Huguenot Street (in New Paltz). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at The Met Cloisters.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New York City itinerary builder app.

Washington DC to New York City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly 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.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and Medina Railroad Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Cave of the Winds and Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica. Explore Buffalo's surroundings by going to Niagara Falls (Maid Of The Mist & Niagara Falls Observation Tower), Niagara Power Project Visitors Center (in Lewiston) and Black Willow Winery (in Burt). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Dunkirk Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum, do a tasting at Woodbury Winery & Vineyards, steep yourself in history at Richardson Olmsted Campus, and stroll the grounds of Elmlawn Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buffalo holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Buffalo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in October, expect Buffalo to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rochester.
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Rochester — 6 nights

Flower City

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Corning Museum of Glass and Starkey's Lookout. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Watkins Glen State Park and George Eastman Museum. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to Hosmer Winery (in Ovid), Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. (in Burdett) and Taughannock Falls State Park (in Trumansburg). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Letchworth State Park, learn about winemaking at Idol Ridge Winery, admire the striking features of The Wadsworth Homestead, and experience rural life at Sunset View Creamery.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rochester sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Buffalo to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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