15 days in Washington DC, Buffalo & Rochester Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 5 nights
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Buffalo
— 3 nights
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Rochester
— 6 nights
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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.
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 The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, explore the world behind art at Smithsonian American Art Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Smithsonian Institution Building.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Washington to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 58°F. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Buffalo.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park and Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Forest Lawn and Buffalo AKG Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buffalo: Youngstown (Niagara Jet City Cruises & Old Fort Niagara) and Three Sisters Island (in Niagara Falls). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, appreciate the history behind McKinley Monument, don't miss a visit to McKinley Death Rock, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Buffalo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Buffalo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Buffalo at 69°F and lows at 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rochester.
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Rochester — 6 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 Mount Hope Cemetery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Highland Park and Three Brothers Wineries and Estates. Change things up with these side-trips from Rochester: Auburn (Schweinfurth Art Center & Seward House Museum), Seneca Falls (Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home & Women's Rights National Historical Park) and Geneva (Billsboro Winery & Geneva History Museum). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., sample some tasty brews at Crush Beer & Wine Tours, examine the collection at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, and grab your bike and head to Erie Canal Trail.

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Traveling by car from Buffalo to Rochester takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.
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