8 days in Washington DC, Buffalo & Niagara Falls Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC, Buffalo & Niagara Falls Itinerary

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8 days in Washington DC, Buffalo & Niagara Falls Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Buffalo
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Marine Corps, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of African American History and Culture. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, admire the natural beauty at U.S. National Arboretum, and then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Washington DC. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Museum of the Marine Corps, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): learn about all things military at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, contemplate the long history of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, and finally admire the majestic nature at Woodlawn Beach State Park. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, stroll the grounds of Forest Lawn, then explore the world behind art at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buffalo travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Buffalo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, Buffalo is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 55°F and lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Buffalo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Woodlawn Beach State Park
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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strong National Museum of Play and Zippo / Case Museum. Family-friendly places like Panama Rocks Scenic Park and Hamlin Beach State Park will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Niagara Falls side-trips: Lake View Cemetery (in Jamestown) and Holiday Valley (in Ellicottville). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Niagara Jet Adventures and take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls trip maker tool .

Niagara Falls is just a short distance from Buffalo. In April, daily temperatures in Niagara Falls can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Zippo / Case Museum, Hamlin Beach State Park, The Strong National Museum of Play, Panama Rocks Scenic Park, Niagara Jet Adventures
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The Strong National Museum of Play ©
Panama Rocks Scenic Park ©
Panama Rocks Scenic Park
Niagara Jet Adventures ©
Niagara Jet Adventures

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