With a population of approximately 210,000 residents, Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and is rated third as “The Best Place to Raise a Family” by Forbes. Five hours away from New York Upstate, this city is definitely a worth-it ride to get a full-round NY experience. Rochester is where a delicious culinary scene, active festival culture, and many world-class museums and attractions center await. In terms of shopping convenience, Rochester offers you Ocean Garden Oriental and Nick’s Superstore just along Rowley St. For a more food-driven escapade, Rochester is rich with international options featuring Zemeta Ethiopian, Cedar Mediterranean, and Han Noodle Bar, among many others. The scenic views offered along the Genesee River and in the many state parks sprawled in the city set many opportunities for relaxation and sightseeing.