Hotel at a Glance: Kahler Apache
The indoor water park at Kahler Apache doubles as a relaxing getaway from Minnesota’s chilly autumns and its often-hot summers. No matter the weather outside, the water park’s indoor setting is a welcome sight for families and friends looking to zoom down the two-story waterslide. For a change of pace, you can also take to the hotel’s basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, and hot tub.
- Where you’ll stay: Comfy guest rooms come with coffeemakers and complimentary WiFi.
- For extra space: Choose a suite. Select suites also come with whirlpool tubs.
- Grab a burger and watch the game at the onsite Wildwood Sports Bar & Grill. The eatery features bison, elk, and turkey burgers.
- Nearby attraction: Apache Mall, Rochester’s largest shopping mall.
Rochester, Minnesota: Scenic Town That’s Home to the Mayo Clinic
Located about 90 minutes southeast of the Twin Cities, Rochester is probably best known as the home of the world-famous Mayo Clinic, recently ranked no. 1 on US News & World Report’s list of the country’s best hospitals—more than 700,000 patients visit the clinic each year. This reputation extends beyond the medical campus, as one of the city’s most-notable historic attractions is the Plummer House, the charming Tudor mansion of one of the clinic founders. Stop by on a Wednesday afternoon in the summer for a guided tour of the premises.
Summertime in Rochester also means outdoor recreation, from boating and canoeing on Silver Lake, to hiking amid the flora and fauna at the Quarry Hill Nature Center. The nature center is a picturesque spot for birdwatching and even fossil hunting.