From Rochester, Manchester is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the southwest, and Portland is approximately 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the northeast.
Don't miss the chance to see the Lilac Mall while you are in Rochester.
While it may be tempting to just chill out while holidaying in Rochester, keep in mind that the surrounding region's many natural and man-made attractions await. Head 9 miles (14 kilometers) northwest to Dover, where you can enjoy the The Children's Museum of New Hampshire and Woodman Institute.
When it's time to spread your wings, why not visit the nearest regional area. Portsmouth lays 19 miles (31 kilometers) away and features sights including Odiorne Point State Park, Music Hall and Wentworth by the Sea Golf Club. Governor John Langdon House Museum, Portsmouth Brewery and Wentworth Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses are also good places to spend time.
If you're not the kind of traveler to go on vacation simply to shuffle between the pool and the buffet, the area around Rochester offers a number of high-energy activities like horse riding and hiking.
When planning your vacation to Rochester, it's handy to remember that the most convenient major airport, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, is located in in Manchester, 35 miles (56 kilometers) away.