Mesa, AZ

Travel Guide
Mesa

At this desert city in Arizona, explore arid mountains and lush forest areas and discover plenty of cultural and artistic activities downtown.

With lakes, a national forest and the majestic Sonoran Desert on its doorstep, the city of Mesa is a gateway to outdoor fun and adventure. Located at the base of the Superstition Mountains in central Arizona, Mesa gives you plenty of ways to experience nature. Explore its cultural and historic attractions, including museums, concert venues and an ancient ceremonial site.

Make the most of Mesa’s beautiful scenery with a variety of active pursuits. Take one of the nature or dirt bike trails through the Lost Dutchman State Park. Look for the park’s animals, such as bobcats, jackrabbits and mule deer. Spot additional wildlife at the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. Nearly 200 bird species have been seen at this wetland sanctuary.

In the Tonto National Forest, explore one of its lakes by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, water ski or powerboat. Head up to the Superstition Mountains to cruise across Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat. Salt River is a great place for tubing and floating picnics during the summer. At Saguaro Lake, climb aboard the Desert Belle for a more scenic view of the water.

Mesa has long served as a culinary gateway to Greater Phoenix with the neighboring farms and agritourism attractions providing a continuous bounty of seasonal goods to enjoy. Take a road trip filled with delights and culinary education. A dozen popular food-driven experiences line the Fresh Foodie Trail that winds visitors through Mesa and beyond into the neighboring regional towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek.

Discover the city’s indoor attractions with a walk around downtown. Visit the Mesa Arts Center for concerts, theater and art exhibits. Kids will enjoy hours of science, technology and art-based fun at the Idea Museum. See colossal dinosaur skeletons at the Arizona Museum of Natural History.

If you are a golf enthusiast, swing your clubs at one of Mesa’s golf courses. More than 40 courses are located within a 30-minute drive of the downtown area. For those who like to get active in the water, choose from a dozen public pools and water parks.

Mesa is located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Phoenix. The city is within easy reach of the Goldfield Ghost Town and is a good base from which to explore the historic Apache Trail.

Where to stay in Mesa

The Azure Hotel
The Azure Hotel
2.5 out of 5
651 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ, 85203
The price is $92 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Mesa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (938 reviews)
"The rooms were very clean the staff was friendly. I had a very pleasant stay and will do it again"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

The Azure Hotel
Legacy Inn & Suites
Legacy Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
4470 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ, 85212
The price is $94 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Mesa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.9/5 Good! (999 reviews)
"Very quiet and peaceful except for Friday night. People next-door got loud and vulgar. Had to call downstairs. They did get quiet after about an hour but made sure to do it again at 5 o’clock in the morning. Walls are too thin"

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Legacy Inn & Suites
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa
3 out of 5
1422 W Bass Pro Drive, Mesa, AZ, 85201
The price is $117 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Mesa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"Hotel was very nice and clean. There is a pool and hot tub which was great. Lots of food places in the area. Great location and close by airport -within 10 -15 minutes"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2022

Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Dog-friendly lakefront condo with free WiFi, central A/C, & heated pool
Dog-friendly lakefront condo with free WiFi, central A/C, & heated pool
Mesa, AZ
Stay at this golf condo in Mesa. Enjoy a water park, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Superstition Springs Golf Club and Superstition Springs ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (10 reviews)
Great condo
"Great place! We enjoyed the area. This condo I’d close to lots of restaurants and in a great area."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Dog-friendly lakefront condo with free WiFi, central A/C, & heated pool
 **Red Mountain Ranch Country Club Gated Community 1King 1 Queen 2 Twins
**Red Mountain Ranch Country Club Gated Community 1King 1 Queen 2 Twins
Mesa, AZ
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Mesa. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (84 reviews)
Mesa Memories
"Such a pleasant home in a nice neighborhood. We were all appreciative of the cleanliness of the house. We especially enjoyed the back patio which is shaded most of the morning and evening and has nice lighting at night. The listing should mention that there is only room for parking one car on the ..."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

**Red Mountain Ranch Country Club Gated Community 1King 1 Queen 2 Twins
Excellent Location! Golf, Hiking, Private Pool + Heated Community Pool/Spa & Parks, TVs in all rooms
Excellent Location! Golf, Hiking, Private Pool + Heated Community Pool/Spa & Parks, TVs in all rooms
Mesa, AZ
Stay at this vacation home in Mesa. Enjoy private pools, WiFi, and a spa tub. Our guests praise the pool and the convenient parking in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
5/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Beautiful house and location
"Beautiful. Quiet neighborhood, would stay again!"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

Excellent Location! Golf, Hiking, Private Pool + Heated Community Pool/Spa & Parks, TVs in all rooms
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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