Served by Rochester International Airport
Rochester is the county seat of Olmsted County located on the Zumbro River's south fork in Southeast Minnesota. It is Minnesota's third-largest city and nicknamed called “Med City” as it is the birthplace and headquarters of the world famous Mayo Clinic.
Elite Airways flies in and out of Rochester International Airport (RST).
Elite Airways offers non-stop flights between Rochester International Airport (RST) and Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) in St. Augustine, FL on Mondays and Fridays. On Thursdays and Sundays, Elite flies between Rochester and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona with connection to Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Nevada. Click here to check availability or make a reservation.
Rochester International Airport (RST) is located seven miles southwest of Rochester, Minnesota. It is the second busiest airport in Minnesota. The original airport was founded in 1928 by the Mayo Foundation as a way to get patients from far-flung locations to the Mayo Clinic. The airport is located on 7600 Helgerson Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902.
Rochester is the birthplace of renowned healthcare organization the Mayo Clinic which is the centerpiece of Rochester's economy. Mayo’s complex draws more than two million visitors annually and includes the landmark 1928 Plummer Building. On the outskirts, Mayowood Mansion is the 1911 estate of clinic co-founder Dr. Charles Mayo. The early-20th-century Plummer House has period furnishings and sprawling grounds. Rochester Art Center has contemporary art shows and views of the Zumbro River.
America’s City of Care & Innovation
Rochester, Minnesota is situated on the south fork of the Zumbro River. Consistently rated as one of the best cities to live in the U.S., Minnesota’s Rochester is also an excellent place to visit. Home of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester is distinguished by its culture of caring, spirit of innovation, and friendly hospitality. Visitors also appreciate Rochester for its scenic beauty, relaxing pace, and abundant dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Hop on a trolley for a charming sightseeing tour or explore more than 85 miles of hiking and biking trails that wind through the city. The city also boasts an extensive network of above and below ground pedestrian walkways to reach popular attractions including the Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester Art Center, Mayowood Mansion, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, Minnesota Children's Museum and the History Center of Olmsted County.
Southeastern Minnesota boasts a lovely, freshwater reservoir called Silver Lake on the South Fork of the Zumbro River – just one mile north of downtown Rochester. Surrounded by public parks, visitors may engage in biking, jogging, rollerblading, observing the Giant Canada geese, or just enjoying a leisurely walk around the lake. At Quarry Hill Nature Center, visitors can observe many live animals, birds, and fish, plus a taxidermy collection. It's home to 35 species of live animals native to Minnesota, plus exotic species, a huge aquarium, and two raptors.
For a taste of the arts, the Rochester Art Center is a non-collecting institution that presents exhibitions featuring established international, national, and local artists as well as emerging artists. Visitors to the History Center of Olmsted County are encouraged to explore the area’s history. Established in 1926, the center now serves the southeastern Minnesota region and Olmsted County with programs, events, exhibits, archives, and a research center.
Visitors are encouraged to travel through the historic Bluff Country to experience scenes of Amish life and an array of Amish shops, farms, and heritage. Amish farms and shops offer select Amish crafts, quilts, baskets, hardwood furniture, leather goods, canned and baked items, candles, soaps, candy, and fresh garden.