Rochester Flights:

Flights to Rochester

image of Rochester MinnesotaRochester is a city in the south east of Minnesota and it’s the third largest city in this state. Best known as the home of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester has more to offer than medical tourism including a number of interesting historical buildings.

About seven miles from downtown is the Rochester International Airport (airport code: RST), with shuttle and taxi services into the city but no public transit. Flights to Rochester from Johannesburg usually have 2 connections. British Midland, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic all go the same way, transferring first in London and then in Chicago. United Airlines’ route takes about the same length of time (27 hours) but their flight to Rochester travels through Washington and Detroit instead. When booking your flight to Rochester make sure you select the airport carefully as there are a number of cities with this name in the United States!

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The Tourist Attractions in Rochester:

The Mayo Clinic
It’s hard to imagine that one clinic could muster up so much interest, but the Mayo Clinic has! Rochester has become a centre for medical tourism as many people travel to the city from the rest of the USA and from around the world to have treatment at this world famous medical centre.

If you’re not visiting Rochester for treatment or consultation yourself you may still be interested in seeing the clinic. The public are allowed to take free tours of the facility and several different tours are available. You can take a guided tour which highlights the history of the clinic, or an art tour which points out all the interesting pieces of art within the clinic. If you’d rather go on your own you can also pick up a brochure and take a self-guided tour.

Mayowood Mansion
If a visit to the Mayo Clinic has sparked your interest then a visit to the Mayowood Mansion may be next on your list! This mansion was originally the home of Dr Charles Mayo and you can visit for a tour of the 38 roomed house. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other Historical Houses in Rochester
As well as the Mayowood Mansion Rochester is home to several other historic houses that are open for tours.

The Plummer House is a 49-room mansion that’s set in grounds of 11 acres, or for something not quite so grand there’s the Heritage House. The Heritage House shows middle class home life of about 125 years ago. The house was restored and inside it’s been furnished and decorated authentically to its period.

History Center of Olmstead County
More of Rochester’s history can be experienced at the History Center of Olmstead County. This museum-like attraction features old photos, maps and stories about Rochester’s past and visitors can also see several historic buildings here including an old log cabin, school house and farm.

When Should You Visit?:

Rochester generally has warm summers and chilly winters with a fair amount of snowfall. The warmest month is July with an average high of 28C and low of 16C, so in terms of temperature this is a good month to visit, however, July also happens to be the wettest month in Rochester and rainfall is generally higher across the summer. Spring and autumn are short seasons here.

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