Rochester, MN, USA

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Rochester, MN, USA

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Rochester: Home of the Mayo Clinic

It was way back in the late 1800s that the Mayo clan decided to establish their world-famous clinic in the small Minnesotan town of Rochester. In the decades since, that institution has grown to become one of the largest not-for-profit medical ventures on the planet, now drawing millions of visitors to this otherwise sleepy corner of the Midwest for treatment, medical research trials, and high-skilled jobs. Throw in a couple of top-notch craft breweries, and the wonderful rolling forests, lakes, and plains that spread away south out of Minneapolis, and it's easy to see why charming Rochester vacation rentals would be in high demand.

Parks and Minnesotan history in Rochester

There's no question that the home of the famous Mayo Clinic has plenty more up its sleeve than just hospital rooms and research laboratories. Visitors here can also spend time wandering charming nature preserves or unraveling fascinating tales of gold rush history from the 19th century. Others will look for Rochester vacation rentals close to Silver Lake, where golf courses, picnic spots, and quaint wedding venues all dot the green lands.

Hospitals and heritage homes in Rochester

Of course, a glimpse at the groundbreaking Plummer Building and the other complexes of the original Mayo Clinic is a must for visitors to Rochester. This is the most defining landmark in the city, and tells the tale of the foundation's growth into a global not-for-profit. Also in the downtown district is the acclaimed Heritage House Victorian Museum, which chronicles the life and times of 18th-century Midwesterners with its antique-heavy rooms and distinct period furnishings. Mayowood Mansion is worth a stopover too, as the former home of Charles Mayo and for its spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Choose summer over snow in Rochester

Rochester draws visitors all year round with its famous Mayo Clinic, but there's never a better time to drop into the town's sleepy streets than midsummer, sometime between late June and August. That's when the parks, creeks, golf courses, and meadows are all at their most beautiful, and when you'll be best set for seeking out the wildlife of Cascade Creek and the Carley State Park. It's all the top time for paying your respects at the Wall of Remembrance in the local Veteran's Memorial.

Rochester is a city of parks and creeks

The Rochester metro area contains a total of 100 designated recreational spots, each with its own creeks, picnic spots, playgrounds, and jogging tracks. However, for a taste of the real Minnesotan wilds, you'll need to go further afield. You could pack up the camping gear and break away to the Oxbow Park in the west, or head east to the wilder Carley State Park, where white pines and orange-breasted orioles lurk over the hiking paths.