Just east of Phoenix, AZ, lies the beautiful desert city of Mesa. Sometimes too hot, and a bit larger than the other surrounding cities with almost 1/2 a million people, it is famous for the gorgeous views of the Superstition Mountains. Mesa is teeming with museums, artwork, fantastic restaurants, bars, and all the outdoor excursion opportunities you could ever want. Mesa has two rivers flowing through it, which makes water sports in the middle of the desert a great way to beat the heat.
Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona and shares a border with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Rich in both Native American and Western cowboy culture, this scenic town has everything. The wonderful Hohokam Stadium is the place to catch a great ball game. The Mesa Arts Center is a spectacular events center for concerts, shows, and drama. Usery Mountain Regional Park offers all the hiking one could desire with almost 4K acres for camping, biking, picnicking, and horseback riding. The stunning views of the area and the gorgeous foliage and cacti will take your breath away when you are out on the trails taking in the sights.
Riverview Park is the perfect place to take the kids to check out the huge playground, 60-foot long rope climbing area, 50-foot climbing tower, splash pad, picnic tables, and more. From the mountains around the city to the rivers that run through it, Mesa is a beautiful place to visit, especially in the off-season when the heat is not quite as bad as in the height of summer. There are myriad opportunities for fine dining, nightlife, shopping, and more. From golfing to swimming, Mesa can offer family and friends a wonderful place for vacation.