Competitive sports, wild west adventures and farm-to-table cuisine — Mesa is a city that knows no bounds.
“Mesa has quickly become the third largest city in Arizona and it’s still growing,” said Michelle Streeter, senior vice president of communications and partner relations at Visit Mesa. “We like to think of our destination as ‘city limitless,’ combining all our Mesa assets with those in our neighboring communities and beyond. Groups can access so many unique Arizona experiences in one destination. This year, Mesa is working on becoming the country’s first-ever autism-certified travel destination. We are developing in-demand travel planning tools and establishing resources in our community tailored to this emerging consumer group.”
Mesa is garnering attention as a culinary gateway. The city has a flourishing collection of charming neighborhood farms and food-centric outposts providing a year-round bounty of seasonal goods for groups to enjoy. These linked experiences create the Fresh Foodie Trail and carve out the ultimate foodie road trip for those with a penchant for good eats.
The largest and most comprehensive arts center in the Southwest, the Mesa Arts Center is an inviting oasis by day and a luminous beacon by night. It’s designed to showcase a world of arts and culture — everything from art exhibitions and world-class performances to state-of-the-art studios for group classes.
Visit the historic Apache Trail through the mysterious Superstition Mountains and into the Tonto National Forest, the fifth largest forest in the country. Goldfield Ghost Town continues to pay homage to its Western roots that took shape in the late 1800s. Several attractions line Highway 88 on the path to a canyon-carved lake.
Minutes from Mesa is a treasured system of lakes and rivers that make up the Lower Salt River Recreation Area. Take an exciting raft, kayak or float tour down the river; the experienced teams at businesses like Red Line Rentals & Sales can help groups get started.The river is ideal for spotting natural wildlife.