22 days in New York State, Washington DC & Seattle Itinerary

22 days in New York State, Washington DC & Seattle Itinerary

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22 days in New York State, Washington DC & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Buffalo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Rochester
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
On the 14th (Tue), hike along Niagara Wine Trail USA, then stroll the grounds of Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): tee off at Hyde Park Golf Course, then see the interesting displays at Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, and then learn about winemaking at A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Buffalo trip tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Buffalo is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Buffalo, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Buffalo hover around 0°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Rochester.

Things to do in Buffalo

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation ©
A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard ©
A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard

4
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
You'll explore and learn at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and Valentown Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. (in Burdett), Heron Hill Tasting Room on Seneca Lake (in Himrod) and Boundary Breaks Winery (in Lodi). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of the Genesee, and sample the fine beverages at Krooked Tusker Distillery.

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You can take a train from Buffalo to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Rochester sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Rochester

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Deer Run Winery, CJS Vineyards, Stever Hill Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. ©
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard ©
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum ©
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

6
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.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. The adventure continues: make a trip to Times Square, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, and walk around Central Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New York City online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rochester to New York City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, New York City is somewhat warmer than Rochester - with highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

4
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Washington National Cathedral and Arlington National Cemetery are in your itinerary. Let the collections at National Gallery of Art and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Sagamore Spirit Distillery (in Baltimore) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, steep yourself in history at Georgetown University, and explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Arlington, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Sagamore Spirit Distillery ©
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

4
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Tacoma to see Washington State History Museum about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Bellevue Square, pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll, and enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Seattle takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Seattle, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bellevue Square, Washington State History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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