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

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

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

Start: San Jose
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Buffalo
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: San Jose

3
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.
Bring the kids along to National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Step out of Washington DC with an excursion to Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg--about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at National Zoological Park, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC journey maker website .

San Jose to Washington DC is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Jose to Washington DC. Traveling from San Jose in August, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gettysburg National Military Park
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

1
night
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 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Joseph's Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Niagara, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Buffalo day trip planning website .

Fly from New York City to Buffalo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Buffalo reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Niagara Falls
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Aquarium of Niagara ©
Aquarium of Niagara

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