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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and New York Public Library. Step off the beaten path and head to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Greenwich Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie) and Old Dutch Church (in Kingston). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, get interesting insight from Tours, and wander the streets of SoHo.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner.

Washington to New York City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. In February in New York City, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 29°F at night. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll travel 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wilderness Lodge and Holiday Valley. Get a sense of the local culture at Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and Sanborn Farm Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buffalo: Peek'n Peak Ski Area (in Clymer), St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish (in Niagara Falls) and Niagara Power Project Visitors Center (in Lewiston). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: try your luck at Hamburg Gaming, indulge in some personalized pampering at Soma Cura Wellness Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Buffalo trip itinerary maker tool.

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 March, things will get little chillier in Buffalo: highs are around 39°F and lows about 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strong National Museum of Play and George Eastman Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack and Corning Museum of Glass. Venture out of the city with trips to West End Gallery (in Corning), Destiny USA (in Syracuse) and Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron (in Port Byron). And it doesn't end there: ski along the peaceful trails at Powder Mills Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Rochester Museum & Science Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rochester tour planner.

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 in Rochester, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 24°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.
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