15 days in Washington DC, Buffalo & Rochester Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Buffalo
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Rochester
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Washington DC — 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to National Museum of African American History and Culture and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. National Air and Space Museum and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stop by Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, and take a stroll through Georgetown.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in May since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 58°F. On the 16th (Sun), 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. Do some cultural sightseeing at Forest Lawn and Buffalo AKG Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Buffalo: Panama Rocks Scenic Park (in Panama), Niagara Falls (Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls Observation Tower, &more) and Jamestown (Celoron Lighthouse, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, race across the water with Niagara Jet City Cruises, admire the landmark architecture of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Buffalo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Washington DC to Buffalo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Buffalo at 69°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rochester.
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Rochester — 5 nights

Flower City

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strong National Museum of Play and Crush Beer & Wine Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Highland Park and Seward House Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Rochester: Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron (in Port Byron), Gallery 54 (in Skaneateles) and Women's Rights National Historical Park (in Seneca Falls). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., examine the collection at George Eastman Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery, and get some jogging in at Erie Canal Trail.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rochester day trip app.

You can 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 in Rochester, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive back home.
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