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
— 4 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of African American History and Culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Chatham Manor (in Fredericksburg) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, wander the streets of Georgetown, stop by Capitol Hill, and get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Washington DC day trip planning site.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Washington DC. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Comedy Center and Forest Lawn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buffalo: Lake View Cemetery (in Jamestown), Youngstown (Old Fort Niagara & Niagara Jet City Cruises) and Niagara Falls (Whirlpool State Park, Bridal Veil Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Buffalo AKG Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Buffalo trip planner.

Getting from Washington DC to Buffalo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: high temperatures in Buffalo hover around 69°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Strong National Museum of Play and Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Crush Beer & Wine Tours and Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rochester: Hammondsport (Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery & Heron Hill Winery), Women's Rights National Historical Park (in Seneca Falls) and Idol Ridge Winery (in Lodi). There's much more to do: stroll around Highland Park, steep yourself in history at Ganondagan State Historic Site, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rochester online trip maker.

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, daytime highs in Rochester are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.
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