Rochester, MN

Travel Guide
Rochester which includes a park, a coastal town and a city
Discover Rochester's more than 100 parks and gardens, its traditional Midwestern heritage, great shopping and one of the nation’s most well-respected medical facilities.

Many will know Rochester as the location of the famous Mayo Clinic, a renowned U.S. medical facility that is top ranked in multiple specialties. This northern Minnesota city also has visitor appeal with numerous outdoor spaces and great shopping.

If you are a Mayo patient, take a free tour to find out more about the clinic, learn its history and see its art collection. All city visitors can tour Mayowood Mansion, the 38-room former home of Dr. Charles Mayo.

Summers in Rochester may be hot, making them the perfect time to enjoy the city’s superb network of over 100 parks, covering an area of 3,500 acres (1,400 hectares). Try Oxbow Park and Zoo or walk the Douglas State Trail. Some parks, such as Quarry Hill Nature Center, offer skiing and other snow sports in winter.

Don’t miss the Chateau Theatre, one of the most elaborate theaters from the 1900s. It is now a retail shop, but you can still see the ornate façade and French-style interior. Discover more about the city’s past in Heritage House Victorian Museum in Central Park, where artifacts and belongings of a typical 19th-century Midwestern family are on display. Shop in quirky stores around University Square for Scandinavian goods or contemporary fashion or dine in one of the many restaurants.

You’ll need your own transportation to explore the area, since the bus service is designed mainly for the needs of locals and Mayo Clinic visitors. The town center though, is walkable. Modern city planners have provided wide pedestrianized avenues and enclosed skyways, making it easy to access the lively town center on foot and in snowy weather.

Located 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Minneapolis, Rochester has both international and domestic airports. Serving the high number of people who come to the clinic, Rochester is set up very well for visitors when compared to other cities of similar size, so you will easily find a base from which to explore this attractive Midwestern town.

Where to stay in Rochester

Kahler Inn and Suites - Mayo Clinic Area
Kahler Inn and Suites - Mayo Clinic Area
3.5 out of 5
9 3rd Ave Nw, Rochester, MN, 55901
The price is $76 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 28
$76
per night
Dec 27 - Dec 28
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Rochester. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,036 reviews)
"This is one of many excellent places to stay near Mayo. But this recently renovated Kahler is not only right across the street from the hospital but staff is experienced with guests going there. Breakfast is at Caribou, not too relaxing as it’s a line and noisy, but more quiet seating can be found ..."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Kahler Inn and Suites - Mayo Clinic Area
Hyatt House Rochester/Mayo Clinic Area
Hyatt House Rochester/Mayo Clinic Area
3.5 out of 5
110 Civic Center Drive NW, Rochester, MN, 55901
The price is $121 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$121
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Rochester. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free area shuttle. Popular attractions Shops University Square ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (260 reviews)
"Very clean hotel. Staff was so nice and welcoming to us."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Hyatt House Rochester/Mayo Clinic Area
Hampton Inn Rochester
Hampton Inn Rochester
2.5 out of 5
1755 S Broadway, Rochester, MN, 55904
The price is $87 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 26
$87
per night
Dec 25 - Dec 26
Stay at this hotel in Rochester. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (737 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Hampton Inn Rochester
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Berkman
The Berkman
3 out of 5
217 14th Ave SW, Rochester, MN, 55902
Stay at this 3-star golf aparthotel in Rochester. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Cascade Lake Beach and Plummer ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (107 reviews)
"Great place, will definitely stay again"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2022

The Berkman
Broadway Plaza, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Broadway Plaza, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
15 1st Street Southeast, Rochester, MN, 55902
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Rochester. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the pool and the ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (119 reviews)
Mayo follow-up stay.
"This was my third stay here and I have never been disappointed. When you are coming to the Mayo Clinic it’s like a home away from home. It is wonderful to have a kitchen to prepare your own meals but my favorite part is the closeness to the Mayo Clinic, shopping & nice restaurants. I wish the parking ..."

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Broadway Plaza, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
KRB Apartments Civic Center
KRB Apartments Civic Center
3 out of 5
101 Civic Center Drive NE, 317, Rochester, MN, 55906
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Rochester. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the family amenities ...
3.8/5 Good! (4 reviews)
very pleasant
"walking distance to downtown and clinic. however, not to St Mary's hospital. We had a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, full kitchen with washer and dryer and large living room. Don't know if all the apartments are that large. very clean and comfortable. A problem with one of the toilets was fixed within hours. ..."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2018

KRB Apartments Civic Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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