15 days in Washington DC, Buffalo & Rochester Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 6 nights
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Buffalo
— 4 nights
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Rochester
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Washington DC — 6 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of African American History and Culture and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Get some cultural insight at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Gettysburg (Little Round Top, Gettysburg National Cemetery, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, wander the streets of Georgetown, and examine the collection at The National Archives Museum.

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Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Washington in May, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (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 Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Forest Lawn and Buffalo AKG Art Museum. Explore Buffalo's surroundings by going to Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls Observation Tower & Bridal Veil Falls), Youngstown (Niagara Jet City Cruises & Old Fort Niagara) and Niagara Power Project Visitors Center (in Lewiston). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, appreciate the history behind McKinley Monument, do a tasting at Presque Isle Wine Cellars, and walk around Panama Rocks Scenic Park.

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Getting from Washington DC to Buffalo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, Buffalo is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Strong National Museum of Play and Mount Hope Cemetery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. and George Eastman Museum. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to Seward House Museum (in Auburn), Three Brothers Wineries and Estates (in Geneva) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home (in Seneca Falls). The adventure continues: walk around Highland Park, do a tasting at Red Newt Cellars, explore the landscape on two wheels at Erie Canal Trail, and learn the secrets of beer at Crush Beer & Wine Tours.

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You can drive from Buffalo to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.
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