15 days in New York City, Buffalo & Rochester Itinerary

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

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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 The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Met Cloisters. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip maker website.

Washington to New York City is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for slightly colder days in New York City, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to 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 Cave of the Winds. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica. Get out of town with these interesting Buffalo side-trips: Niagara Falls Observation Tower (in Niagara Falls), Niagara Power Project Visitors Center (in Lewiston) and Sanborn Farm Museum (in Sanborn). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Comedy Center, visit a coastal fixture at Celoron Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at The Buffalo History Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Forest Lawn.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Buffalo online trip itinerary planner.

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, Buffalo is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Corning Museum of Glass and The Strong National Museum of Play. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Watkins Glen State Park and Letchworth State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Rochester: Abbey of the Genesee (in Piffard), Weis Vineyards (in Hammondsport) and Rock Stream Vineyards (in Rock Stream). The adventure continues: walk around Highland Park, do a tasting at Idol Ridge Winery, and take an in-depth tour of George Eastman Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rochester tour itinerary 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 May, daytime highs in Rochester are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.
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