Rochester Travel Guide

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Rochester Overview

Rochester is Minnesota's third largest city, and at just over 100,000 inhabitants, is the largest city outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Located in the southeast corner of the state, Rochester serves as a hub to the many smaller communities in south central and southeast Minnesota.

If you're looking for a town and country vacation, Rochester may be your destination. It is located an hour away from the Twin Cities, making all that they offer well within reach, as well as being located in the middle of farm country and small-town charm. It's an hour away from the Mississippi River and Wisconsin, and an hour away from Iowa. It is also close to the scenic beauty and rolling hills of the driftless area (unglaciated area). One doesn't have to drive far to find local Wisconsin creameries or various vineyards that abound in the local radius.

Rochester's claim to fame, however, is that it's home to the world reknowned Mayo Clinic, which is striving to make Rochester a medical destination of choice.