What do you think of when you hear Rochester, New York? For many, the first thing that comes to mind is snow. But Rochester is so much more.
- A day’s drive from New York City, and located within a 400-mile radius of 14 northeastern states, Washington, D.C., and two of the most populated Canadian provinces.
- Boasts scenic geography including Lake Ontario (one of the fresh-water Great Lakes), Genesee River with its gorges and waterfalls, Irondequoit Bay, countless scenic streams and waterfalls, and the nearby Finger Lakes region.
- Also known as “Young Lion of the West”, the “Flour City”, and the “Flower City”.
- Pioneer in photography, xerography, and optics, and a leader in manufacturing/research.
Source: Visit Rochester
(Clockwise from top left) the Eastman Theater, First Federal Plaza, Corporate high-rises in Downtown Rochester, eastern half of the city skyline on the Genessee river, Grove Place neighborhood, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester (Courtesy: Wikipedia).
Rochester's Top Ten Points of Interest
- The Lilac Festival – oldest and largest annual event of its kind in North America that showcases over 500 varieties of lilacs.
- Wegmans – family-owned regional supermarket chain that has appeared on Fortune magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list since 1998.
- Garbage Plate – created at Nick Tahou Hots’ fast-food restaurant that includes just about everything the kitchen cooks.
- Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival – one of the largest jazz festivals in America.
- Golfing mecca – PGA and LPGA tournaments at Oak Hill Country Club and Locust Hill are part of the over 80+courses in the area.
- Erie Canal – linked Lake Erie to the Hudson River and an enormous engineering achievement at the time, was referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
- Strong National Museum of Play – nation’s second-largest children’s museum that houses the National Toy Hall of Fame.
- George Eastman Museum – the world’s oldest photography museum.
- Garth Fagan Dance national dance company founded by Garth Fagan that incorporates elements of modern dance, ballet, afro-Caribbean dance, and social dance.
- Eastman School of Music – established by George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company, is one of the nation’s leaders in musical composition, performance, and education.
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