Welcome to Rochester
Welcome to Rochester!
As the Northwestern gateway to New York's Finger lakes, Rochester is part of a splendid region ranked by Money Magazine as one of the 10 "best places to vacation," and called a "serendipitous and surprising getaway" by USA Today. So, we'll boast a little more-recently, Expansion Management Magazine ranked Rochester as number one among metropolitan areas having the best Quality of Life in the Nation. In addition, Places Rated Almanac ranked Rochester as the sixth best place to live in America in its just released 25th anniversary edition.
Once you arrive in Rochester, you'll be delighted at your discoveries. Its people and places live up to their top rankings for friendliness, family fun and memorable getaways. Rochester is a mid-size city that maintains a small-town feeling, and it's easy to get around by car or public transportation. (Note: all city buses have bike racks).
Famous sites blend with charming neighborhoods and historic canal towns to create a mosaic of attractions to visit. Our museums are first rate-displaying everything from the Berenstain Bears to Ansel Adams-and festivals of all kinds are plentiful. Explore Rochester at the High Falls, a 96-ft. urban waterfall, or via downtown self-guided tours. Cruise, bike or hike, on the original Erie Canal path while visiting great restaurants, shops and quaint villages along the way.
If you are returning to Rochester for another amazing visit, or if this is your first time, you may want to plan your visit so that you won't miss some of the following special events taking place in the area this fall, winter and spring.