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 — 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of African American History and Culture and Capitol Hill. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Gettysburg (Devils Den, Dobbin House Tavern, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, contemplate the long history of Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, and admire the natural beauty at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

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Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 58°F in Washington DC. You'll set off for Buffalo on the 13th (Thu).
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Buffalo — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Forest Lawn and Buffalo AKG Art Museum. Explore Buffalo's surroundings by going to Niagara Jet City Cruises (in Youngstown), Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls Observation Tower, Bridal Veil Falls, &more) and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum (in Jamestown). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, appreciate the history behind McKinley Monument, and take in nature's colorful creations at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

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You can fly from Washington DC to Buffalo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Washington DC in May, things will get a bit cooler in Buffalo: highs are around 69°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Strong National Museum of Play and Highland Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. and George Eastman Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Rochester: Red Newt Cellars (in Hector) and Three Brothers Wineries and Estates (in Geneva). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at Crush Beer & Wine Tours, tour or see a game at Manhattan Square Park and Ice Rink, see the interesting displays at Edgerton Model Railroad Room, and learn about winemaking at Casa Larga Vineyards.

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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 your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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