Mesa is a city in the US state of Arizona and is the largest suburban city by population in the United States and the third-largest city in Arizona after Phoenix and Tucson. The city is home to numerous educational facilities and the largest relief airport in the Phoenix area.
Dubbed as "City Limitless", Mesa has it all. Thousands of hectares of varied desert terrain are perfect if you are an outdoor adventurer, there is a blooming culinary scene if you are a foodie, plenty of museums and galleries for those interested in arts, and several places to shop and entertain yourself. The pleasant weather throughout the year makes Mesa an attractive tourist spot with enough attractions to keep people of all ages entertained.
Here is a list of some of the best places to visit during your next trip to Mesa, Arizona.
Mesa Grande Ruins
Mesa was once home to the Hohokam people and Mesa Grande Ruins tells you about the unique Hohokam culture. The city of Mesa purchased the Mesa Grande Ruins in the 1980s to preserve this cultural treasure and opened it to the public as an educational facility. The site is believed to be the central administration point for the ancient Hohokam village from 1100 AD to 1140 AD. During the visit, you can learn and see several artifacts related to the Hohokam culture and marvel at some engineering feats achieved by the Hohokam people at the time.
Arizona Museum of Natural History
One of the most renowned museums in Arizona, the Museum of Natural History is one of the largest dinosaur exhibits in the US. Popular for its "Dinosaur Mountain", this place spans over 74,000 square feet and is home to over 10,000 historic photographs of the place. Visitors can learn about the history of the southwest and educate themselves about the rich heritage and culture of Ancient Americas. The museum hosts several events and summer camps and several installations like a recreation of Arizona prison, a goldmine, and an indoor waterfall.
Wind Cave Trail
Wind Cave Trail is one of the most popular trails in Mesa. The trail has a total elevation change of 243 meters and is a modest 4.7 km roundtrip. Visitors can enjoy the Arizona Desert and its natural beauty while enjoying a good physical workout while on their way to see the naturally created cave at the end of the trail located at the base of a cliff.
Mesa Arizona Temple
The Mesa Arizona Temple is the seventh operating temple belonging to Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. Temple's visitors center focuses on providing historical and educational information on the development of the church through videos, artworks, exhibitions, and artifacts. The church is a great place to find some serenity. The temple is popular for its holiday lights and attracts a large number of visitors due to it.
Fresh Foodie Trail
If you are open to trying different food, you must try the Fresh Foodie Trail. From wineries to craft breweries and food made by local chefs who source ingredients locally, you are sure to enjoy some of the best food that the culinary scene at Mesa has to offer. There is a full list of restaurants on the Official Visit Mesa website that are part of the trail. However, if you don't want to explore and find restaurants on the trail on your own, there are several tour companies that take you to some of the best stops on the trail if you book with them.
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