7 days in Buffalo & Rochester Itinerary

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Joseph's Cathedral and Niagara Power Project Visitors Center. Explore hidden gems such as Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica and Burchfield Penney Art Center. Get out of town with these interesting Buffalo side-trips: Bridal Veil Falls (in Niagara Falls), Lawson Center (in Bemus Point) and Jamestown (National Comedy Center & Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Richardson Olmsted Campus, see the interesting displays at Pierce-Arrow Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Buffalo History Museum, and stroll around Larkin Square.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Buffalo visit planner.

Washington to Buffalo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for little chillier days in Buffalo, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for Rochester.
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Rochester — 2 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 Memorial Art Gallery and Jell-O Gallery Museum. Get some cultural insight at National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House and Deer Run Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Rochester: The Wadsworth Homestead (in Geneseo) and Smith Family Farm (in Palmyra). There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at The Strong National Museum of Play, examine the collection at Edgerton Model Railroad Room, grab your bike and head to Erie Canal Trail, and stroll around Highland Park.

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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. May in Rochester sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.
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