Once an industrial powerhouse, Rochester today is better known for flowers than flour mills. Blooming gardens and leafy parks are woven throughout the city, while waterfalls, a scenic riverside and lakefront beaches lie just outside of town. Prefer culture? Never fear – the calendar is packed with concerts and festivals.
Photography and film buffs will love the George Eastman House, a spectacular museum housed in the mansion of the legendary Kodak founder. Stop by the Susan B. Anthony House to pay respects to the visionary suffragette. The enormous National Play Museum isn't just for children – exhibits on video games and comic books appeal to kids of all ages. At night, watch the curtain rise over Rochester's glittering stages, including the gorgeous Eastman Theatre and the Geva Theater Center.
Skirting through downtown, the Genesee River is a scenic spot for a stroll, while Lake Ontario has lush walking trails and beaches. Less than two hours' drive from town you can visit Niagara Falls or the pretty Finger Lakes.