Rochester

This Southern Minnesota city is teeming with parks and is the perfect destination for an outdoor vacation. During the day, head to Quarry Hill Nature Center for some hiking or outdoor rock climbing courses, Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo to see the rescued wildlife, or even to the original Mayo Clinic campus to check out the Plummer Building's striking architecture. Those looking for a cultural outing can check out some modern art at the Rochester Art Center, see a play at Rochester Civic Theatre Company, or go to the 1875 Heritage House for a docent-led tour. At the end of the day, S Broadway in the downtown area is home to upscale dining establishments such as The Half Barrel, Pescara, and Terza.