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
The price is $90 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 18
Located in Downtown Rochester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mayo Clinic and Mayo Civic Center. Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus and Apache ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,256 reviews)
"Close to Mayo Clinic"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Kahler Inn and Suites - Mayo Clinic Area
Even Hotel Rochester - Mayo Clinic Area
Even Hotel Rochester - Mayo Clinic Area
3.5 out of 5
101 11TH AVENUE SW, SUITE A, Rochester, MN
The price is $93 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in Kutzky Park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus and Mayo Clinic. University of Minnesota-Rochester ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (28 reviews)
"Our room was very clean"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

Even Hotel Rochester - Mayo Clinic Area
Kahler Grand Hotel
Kahler Grand Hotel
3 out of 5
20 2nd Ave Sw, Rochester, MN
The price is $116 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Located in Downtown Rochester, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota-Rochester. Rochester Civic Theater and Mayo Civic ...
3.6/5 Good! (977 reviews)
"Check in was very easy, and the young lady thag helped chexk us in was very kind and incredibly helpful. Room was very large as well as the bathroom. Very clean!"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Kahler Grand Hotel
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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area
Home2 Suites by Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area
3 out of 5
831 16th Street SW, Rochester, MN
The price is $106 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Apache Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus and Mayo Clinic. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (435 reviews)
"Easy parking, fast check in and out. Very comfortable room. Great access to anything in city."

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area
The Berkman
The Berkman
3 out of 5
217 14th Ave SW, Rochester, MN
The price is $125 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Situated in Rochester, this golf aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of OMC Miracle Mile, Mayo Clinic, and Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus. Apache Mall ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
"Top notch technology."

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

The Berkman
Homewood Suites by Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area / Saint Marys
Homewood Suites by Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area / Saint Marys
3 out of 5
165 13th Avenue SW, Rochester, MN
The price is $109 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in Kutzky Park, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus and Mayo Clinic. Rochester Art Center and Rochester ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (291 reviews)
"Convenience…"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area / Saint Marys
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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