15 days in New York City, Buffalo & Rochester Itinerary

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Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City
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New York City
— 6 nights
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Buffalo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rochester
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Greenwich Village and New York Public Library. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Met Cloisters, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial.

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Washington to New York City is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington in May: highs in New York City hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) 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.
Get some cultural insight at Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls Observation Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buffalo: Jamestown (Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, National Comedy Center, &more), Niagara Power Project Visitors Center (in Lewiston) and Niagara Science Museum (in Niagara Falls). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, stroll the grounds of Forest Lawn, steep yourself in history at Richardson Olmsted Campus, and make a trip to Canalside.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Buffalo attractions planning app.

You can fly from New York City to Buffalo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Buffalo, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Corning Museum of Glass and The Wadsworth Homestead. Step off the beaten path and head to The Strong National Museum of Play and Highland Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rochester: Vitrix Hot Glass Studio (in Corning), Watkins Glen State Park (in Watkins Glen) and Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. (in Burdett). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Letchworth State Park, stroll around Manhattan Square Park and Ice Rink, see the interesting displays at George Eastman Museum, and learn about winemaking at Rock Stream Vineyards.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rochester trip itinerary website.

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 May, daytime highs in Rochester are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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