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Rochester

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Flower City

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. One of America's original boomtowns, the city first rose to prominence as a major milling and manufacturing hub on the Genesee River. The city of 210,000 is now an international center of higher education, housing several universities renowned for their research programs. Known to many amateur photographers as "Kodak Town," Rochester offers a mix of tourist attractions that includes everything from modern museums and cultural festivals to minor league sports teams and a set of three scenic waterfalls right in the middle of the city. Be sure to explore Rochester's culinary scene, famous for its "garbage plate," a popular local specialty. Our United States trip itinerary planner allows you to schedule your trip to Rochester, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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Where to stay in Rochester

Rochester features an extensive network of expressways, allowing quick and easy access to most major attractions regardless of which part of town you stay in. To avoid downtown's pricey hotels, stay in the suburbs for comfortable accommodations as well as free shuttle service to and from the airport. If you prefer a cozy bed and breakfast atmosphere, choose an inn or small motel in one of the city's quiet residential neighborhoods.
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