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About Rochester

Rochester, located in western New York, is a very livable city, with a welcoming international community, affordable housing, and rich intellectual and cultural resources.  Approximately six hours by car from New York City, this medium-sized city near Lake Ontario is a dynamic college town, with many great restaurants, museums, businesses, colleges, universities, and schools.  Residents and visitors love its proximity to Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes region, and the Adirondack Mountains. 

Rochester is located near a number of major cities on the east coast, which are easily reachable by automobile, train, plane, or bus.  

Driving Distances From Rochester

City KM Time
Boston 630 6 hours
Chicago 965 9 hours
New York City 530 6 hours
Toronto 270 3 hours
Washington, DC 640 7 hours
Snow is certainly a fact of life here; Rochester averages about 93 inches of snow a year. Winter sports enthusiasts can try their hand at cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing at Bristol Mountain, even curling. There are also plenty of places to escape from the winter weather: take shelter in the city's coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, movie theaters, and museums. For music lovers, Rochester is home to a surprising number of concert venues for a medium-sized city, from grand theaters to a thriving club scene.
Once the snow melts, Rochesterians head out to the city's parks and area lakes for some well-earned springtime recreation. Located on the historic Erie Canal and the Genesee River, and just five miles south of Lake Ontario, Rochester offers plenty of sailing, canoeing, and hiking opportunities.
During the spring and summer months, Rochester's neighborhoods come alive with festivals and arts fairs, including the Lilac Festival in Highland Park, the Park Avenue Festival, the Corn Hill Arts Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery. And the fall is absolutely beautiful, as the leaves turn vibrant colors and the University celebrates Meliora Weekend, a wonderful event that brings an incredible array of speakers and performers to campus.
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