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The original flour city – thanks to the 19th century mills that once straddled the frothing Genesee River – and then the flower city – due to an abundance of sweet-smelling lilacs at the annual festival – these days Rochester shouts about its status as the World’s Image Centre. With a long history of film-making and photography, this smart city’s brimming with arty offerings. Whether you enjoy Rochester’s film festivals, sleek galleries, or quirky museums, you won’t be short of things to do.

Things to see

It may be a vibrant historic city brimming with highbrow colleges and arts centers, but thriving Rochester’s also a place to enjoy the best of modern life. If you fancy splashing the cash, you can hit the rails in any number of downtown boutiques as well as gleaming edge-of-town malls. Discover a huge concentration of brands and fashion stores at bustling Marketplace Mall or head over to The Mall at Greece Ridge where discount retailers and traditional shops vie for your business. When your tummy starts to grumble you can choose from a wide selection of national chain restaurants or head in to downtown to grab a snack from Rochester Farmer’s Market. Peruse the stalls and you’ll be tempted by everything from local artisan bread to tasty empanadas and delicious cheeses. At night, head to a quaint bistro for some fine dining before checking out the latest improv at The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre.

Hotels in Rochester

There’s an array of hotel options in Rochester, so no matter what your taste or budget you’re bound to find the perfect base for your stay. If you’re traveling to Rochester on business, check into a 3-star convention hotel where conference rooms, hi-speed WiFi, and large fitness suites are just some of the extra perks. Families can choose from 3-star chain hotels offering large stylish rooms with all mod-cons, including in-room kitchens. If you’d like a taste of luxury, hotels in Rochester with river views add that extra touch of glamor. Quaint guesthouses bring personable service to the mix.

Where to stay

Downtown Rochester’s a buzz of bars, bistros, and arts venues – think dance auditoriums, theaters, and cinemas. It’s the place to be if you want to spend the day strolling the sights, wandering riverside, and perusing galleries. At night you can hit the lively bars and pubs where craft beers and local New York State wines liven up the drinks menus. Make sure to sip a glass of fruity wine from the nearby Finger Lakes region. Away from Rochester’s downtown, neighborhoods are buzzing with life, as college students, local families, and young professionals head to lectures, parks, and cafés.

How to get to Rochester

The main transit hub for the area is Greater Rochester International Airport, just a 10-minute drive from central Rochester. You can take a public bus from the airport, hop in a cab or arrange a private shuttle service. Local buses serve the whole area, but if you prefer to drive, there are numerous rental car agencies operating from the airport and city center. On the southern shores of Lake Ontario, Rochester’s just a 90-minute drive from Niagara Falls to the west. The Finger Lakes wine region is to the east and Letchworth State Park to the south.