8 days in Buffalo, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in Buffalo, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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8 days in Buffalo, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
1
Buffalo
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h
2
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
End: Buffalo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get to know the resident critters at The Buffalo Zoo, then admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, then stroll the grounds of Forest Lawn, and finally don't miss a visit to Canalside.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Buffalo trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Greater Rochester International Airport and Erie International Tom Ridge Field. In October, daytime highs in Buffalo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Buffalo

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Forest Lawn ©
Forest Lawn

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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: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City tour planner .

You can fly from Buffalo to New York City in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buffalo in October: high temperatures in New York City hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at White House, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Jefferson Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC day trip app .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
United States Capitol ©
United States Capitol

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