Welcome to Rochester

The third largest city in Minnesota, Rochester is a vibrant community that draws visitors from across the country. Rochester is home to the famous Mayo Clinic, the city's largest employer and a major tourist attraction. The IBM Company has a major manufacturing operation in the area, and the University of Minnesota maintains a large campus in Rochester. Visitors to the city will find a convenient public transportation system, numerous historical sites, and plenty of entertainment for both young and old.

Getting Around
Rochester International Airport is located about seven miles south of the downtown business core and is linked to the center of town by freeway. Interstate 90 traverses the southern edge of the city and links with several U.S. highways that head directly into the central business district.

Rochester is one of the few cities in the United States with two different public transportation systems. Both Rochester City Lines and Rochester Public Transit operate in and around the metro area, each with dozens of routes serving all major neighborhoods, sports venues, shopping malls and transportation terminals.

Things To See And Do
The Mayo Clinic is the top visitor attraction in the city and occupies a large portion of the downtown area. In addition to the medical facilities, visitors will find numerous restaurants, gift shops and boutiques, hotels and specialty retailers located on and around the campus. Tours of the Mayo Clinic can be arranged through a travel agency or directly with the clinic visitor agency. Rochester is known for the diverse cuisine offered at the more than 150 restaurants in and around the city. Greek, Italian and Continental entrees as well as American and Mexican favorites can be found at many of the locally owned establishments in the downtown areas and neighboring suburbs.

Rochester is home to a number of fine museums, theater and choir groups, and music societies. The Minnesota Children's Museum is a favorite destination for local families and visitors, and the Rochester Art Center on Civic Center Drive houses a large collection of contemporary art focusing on cultural diversity.

The Mayowood Mansion was the home of the first three generations of the Mayo family, the founders of the famous clinic. This 100-room stone structure sits in a wooded property several miles from downtown and offers complete tours for most of the calendar year. The Amish Tours of Harmony conducts tours of the southern Amish communities located about 45 miles from Rochester.

The Rochester Trolley and Tour Company operates authentic trolley cars throughout the city. These are extremely popular with visitors, with most tours beginning and ending at the Rochester Marriott Hotel.