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Melt Under the Desert Sun in Mesa

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The third largest city in Arizona is unmistakably different from the usual desert retreats in the state. The diversity of sights and activities will make any type of traveler wanting to see more of what makes Mesa captivating.

Once you step out of the airport, be it the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport or Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, a bewildering range of outdoor adventures is within reach. Exploring the Apache Trail, traipsing the Sonora Desert, following folklores in Superstition Mountain or breathing in the wonderful atmosphere in Tonto National Forest are just some of the viable choices one can pursue while staying in Mesa.

Wholesome Fun for Families

Children of all ages will have a field day discovering the kid-friendly Mesa attractions that also impart valuable learning experiences. Parents can choose from a variety of recreational centers, interactive museums, water parks, shopping centers and even kid-friendly restaurants. Arizona Museum of Natural History amuses with the largest dinosaur exhibit found west of the Mississippi River. Golfland/SunSplash packs a full load of entertainment options while Jambo Indoor Amusement Park provides more amusement features housed inside 28,000 square feet of area.

Mesa Arizona Temple

Awe-inspiring Mesa Arizona Temple for Latter Day Saints is set on 20 acres of meticulously landscaped land. Gazing at it is enough to evoke enlightenment among worshippers and visitors alike. The religious complex is decked in festive finery during Easter and Christmas celebrations. You can pay a visit to the reflection pools or the gardens for a more inspiring time inside the temple.

Nearby excursions

Aside from taking on the Apache Trail and Superstition, travelers can seek further adventures in numerous sites near Mesa. You can check out the Old West town of Wickenburg and Lake Pleasant as well as cities of Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott and Jerome. Arizona’s wine-producing region, just a short drive south of Tucson, beckons with wine-tasting trips and breathtaking hill scenery.

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Guest Contributions

May 19, 2011

Hot in Mesa

Despite the heat in Mesa, you do not really fail to enjoy yourself during a visit. I know I enjoyed myself immensely from the time I arrived in Mesa until the time I left. The great thing about a trip to Mesa is that you can go there alone or with your family and friends … personally, I like it better if I am with a group. Suffice it to say that this is not exactly my first time visiting the city.

Since Mesa is really big, you never really run out of places to see. What I liked the most was when my friends and I explored the Apache trail. It was quite an adventure! If you are into these kinds of activities, you should check out the Sonora Desert as well. Or for a little excitement of a different kind, I dare you to go up Superstition Mountain! For those who are bringing kids like my sister, she got the kids to exhaust all their energy at the Jambo Indoor Amusement Park. It is huge and has a lot of things for kids to enjoy.

Jul 22, 2011
Maria S.

Always a pleasure

Mesa is a wonderful place to live in. My sister has been living in Mesa for around 5 years now, and although I do want to transfer, I can not because of some work concerns. Still, I try my best to visit Mesa whenever possible.

One of my favorite haunts is the Wilderness Aware Rafting. The exhilaration I get from going rafting knows no bounds. It is simply therapeutic for me!

Another place I like in Mesa is the Superstition Farm. I know, funny name, but the things they offer you are a whole new level. They offer guests to see work life, and hear the sounds of working in a farm. For most people, this sounds so “everyday” but for big city folk, it can be an eye opening experience.

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