Rochester, Minnesota, packs plenty of history into its city limits. The most famous Rochester attraction is the Mayo Clinic, which offers tours of its architecture and art holdings, many of which were donated by former patients. Mayowood Mansion, the former home of one of the clinic's co-founders, also opens its doors for guests. Additionally, visitors won't want to miss the quirky corn cob water tower, built in 1931. Any type of weather is perfect for outdoor recreation: Summer offers ideal weather for biking and running the city's 85 miles of trails, while winter brings snow for cross-country skiing at the Quarry Hill Nature Center and the chance to skate at 10 outdoor ice rinks.
Flights to Rochester touch down eight miles south of the city at Rochester International Airport.