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

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

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

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Buffalo
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip builder app .

San Francisco to Washington DC is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC is 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Washington DC reach 82°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, take a stroll through Times Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City planning site .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in New York City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Joseph's Cathedral, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Buffalo trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from New York City to Buffalo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Buffalo hover around 74°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buffalo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Niagara Falls
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
St Joseph's Cathedral ©
St Joseph's Cathedral

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