15 days in New York State Itinerary

15 days in New York State Itinerary

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15 days in New York State Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Buffalo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Rochester
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Niagara Falls (Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara Falls Observation Tower, & more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, admire the majestic nature at Devil's Hole State Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, and take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Buffalo trip planning tool .

Washington DC to Buffalo is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Buffalo at 62°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rochester.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
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Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

4
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to Watkins Glen State Park (in Watkins Glen), Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. (in Burdett) and Lively Run Dairy (in Interlaken). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, admire the masterpieces at Genesee Country Village & Museum, learn about winemaking at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, and have fun and explore at The Strong National Museum of Play.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rochester trip planner.

Traveling by train from Buffalo to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., Lively Run Dairy, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Keuka Spring Vineyards, 5 Arch Bridge
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Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. ©
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum ©
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

7
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, and admire the striking features of Empire State Building.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rochester to New York City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rochester in October; daily highs in New York City reach 70°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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