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

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

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

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

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 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Joseph's Cathedral, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buffalo online driving holiday planner .

San Francisco to Buffalo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Buffalo to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Buffalo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

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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

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, get great views at Top of the Rock, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New York City vacation planning site .

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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buffalo in September; daily highs in New York City reach 80°F and lows reach 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

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 ©

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Tidal Basin. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, and appreciate the history behind National World War II Memorial.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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

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