Rochester (Minnesota)

Rochester Skyline from Quarry Hill.

Rochester is a city in the state of Minnesota that is home to the world famous Mayo Clinic . It is about 80 miles (130km) SE of Minneapolis/St. Paul. It is cold in the winter and warm, and many times hot, in the summer. It has a population of 107,890 in the city limits, with more in the surrounding areas. The city hosts millions out-of-town visitors coming for treatment at the Mayo Medical Center (Mayo Clinic) and has a well developed infrastructure to deal with its many visitors. Due to the large amount of visitors, Rochester is much busier than other cities of its size.

Get in

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Get around

A map showing all of Rochester, but not the surrounding towns.

The central part of the city is arranged on a more-or-less standard grid. Streets run east-west and avenues run north-south. This divides the city into four quadrants, NW, NE, SE, SW. There are some named streets you might encounter.

Most of the newer residential development in the last 15 years has largely abandoned the numbered grid system and gone to named curved streets. If you need to find these, there are free maps available in most hotels and the local phone book.





Rochester has more than 30 parks and 9 golf courses.


All three movie theaters are relatively new and offer stadium seating.




Grocery Stores

  • 500 37th St NW,  +1 507 289-1815.
  • 1315 6th St NW,  +1 507 288-8233. Newly renovated to be more upscale (e.g. has olive bar), has kids play area.
  • 500 Crossroads Dr SW,  +1 507 289-7500. Open 24 hours, has complete pharmacy.


The majority of budget dining options are fast-food chain restaurants. A variety of chains exist. Downtown on the second floor of the University Shopps are several other budget restaurants, many open only for lunch.


While mid-range dining is not dominated by chains, there are a number of popular chains in town as well.




Due to the large number of visitors to the Mayo clinic, and their unique needs, there is a wide range of sleeping arrangements to fit almost any budget or need, from low-end to high-end, from short-term to long-term, from standard hotel rooms, to rooms with kitchenettes, to fully furnished apartments. While there are some hotels spread-out through-out the city, most of the hotels are grouped downtown (by the clinic), along SW second street (by Saint Mary's), and along South Broadway (where most of the cheaper, non-chain ones are located). Rochester has about 5,400 hotel rooms in the city, which is more than most cities that are twice Rochester's size.

Below are only a sample of the available hotels. Most of the cheaper, non-chain hotels are not listed.

Mayo Clinic Area

The following downtown hotels are connected to the clinic, and to the rest of downtown, via a network of above-ground enclosed skyways and below-group passages (called subways). This is very useful in the winter!


Saint Mary's

South Broadway

Other locations


Many many places offer free internet access


Go next

Routes through Rochester

Albert Lea Austin  W  E  La Crosse Madison
Mankato Byron  W  E  Winona La Crosse
Saint Paul Zumbrota  N  S  Jct EDecorah Dubuque
Baldwin Red Wing  N  S  Jct E Waterloo

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