Destination guide

Experience Mesa from vacation home rentals

Located 20 miles east of Phoenix, Mesa is a sprawling city famous for the Mesa Grande, the crumbling ruins of an old Hohokam community. Get your Arizona getaway off on the right foot by booking a Mesa vacation rental in the heart of Downtown. You'll be well placed to catch a show at the state-of-the-art Mesa Arts Center, or dig around the old dinosaur bones in the Arizona Museum of Natural History. And if the Arizona heat gets too much? Cool off in the Big Surf Water Park.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Mesa vacation homes

For kids, families, and dinosaur lovers alike, the Arizona Museum of Natural History is a real highlight of any visit to the city. Watch the dinosaurs of the Mesozoic era come to life at Dinosaur Mountain, or dig for fossils at the Paleo Dig Pit, where it's easy spend an entire day. If you want to venture out and unfold more of Mesa's ancient history, head out to the Mesa Grande Cultural Park and explore the crumbling ruins of an old Hohokam community, which dates back to the 11th century.


Things to do near Mesa vacation rentals

A Mesa vacation attracts everyone from outdoor enthusiasts and shopaholics, to history buffs. The city sits on the southern banks of the Salt River, which is a popular spot for tubing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. If you'd rather keep your toes dry, book a Mesa vacation rental close to Downtown and have the city's wealth of boutiques, galleries, and gift stores right on your doorstep. After dark, check out Mesa's eclectic mix of nightlife, from honky-tonk bars to line dancing clubs —there's something for all tastes.


Local weather for the trip to Mesa vacation rentals

Part of the area known as the Valley of the Sun, Mesa is blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The busiest time to visit is between November and April, when the snowbirds hit town in search of winter sun. Average temperatures are a delicious 70-80 degrees. Come May, the mercury starts to rise again, often smashing the 100 degree mark in July and August. Unlike other parts of the US, the summer is regarded as low season, when you'll often find a wider choice of Mesa vacation rentals on offer.

Natural features

Caves and cacti, Mesa's crammed with natural attraction

Part of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area, Mesa lies 20 miles east of downtown Phoenix. At the far eastern fringes of the city is the Usery Mountain Regional Park, usually the first stop when sun-beaten locals want some time out. This 3600-acre park is famous for its wind caves, and offers more almost 30 miles of rugged hiking trails. One of the most popular is the Maricopa Trail, which is lined with swathes of beautiful wildflowers and cacti. There's also a visitors' center which offers scenic guided tours and stargazing expeditions.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Mesa

Fly into Mesa, AZ (MSC-Falcon Field Municipal), the closest airport, located 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Chandler, AZ (CHD-Chandler Municipal), which is 9.9 mi (16 km) away.

You can get around Mesa by catching a ride on the metro at Sycamore - Main Street Station, Sycamore and Main Street Transit Center or Superstition Springs Transit Center.

Family friendly

Family fun near Mesa vacation homes

Mesa boasts numerous kid-friendly attractions to explore on a family trip. Vacation homes are available near places like Papago Park, a vast park with hiking trails, geological formations, and the Phoenix Zoo, an animal park with global species and educational encounters. Kids will also like Golfland Sunsplash, an amusement chain with mini-golf courses, arcades, laser tag, and water rides.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in Mesa

Couples looking for a romantic retreat will love the attractions in Mesa. Vacation rentals put you within reach of places like Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, a scenic park with ponds, hiking trails, an observatory, and beautiful views, and the Mesa Arts Center, a unique complex with theaters, art galleries, and studios. You'll also like Superstition Mountain – Lost Dutchman Museum, a spot with regional artifacts and folklore exhibits.

Where to stay around Mesa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,716 vacation rentals near Mesa. From 2,066 Houses to 1,722 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mesa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mesa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mesa:

  • Leisure World: 23 vacation rentals
  • Las Sendas: 127 vacation rentals
  • Fountain of the Sun: 712 vacation rentals
  • Red Mountain Ranch: 68 vacation rentals
  • Superstition Springs: 60 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Mesa?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Mesa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Superstition Springs Golf Club: 4,506 vacation rentals
  • Sloan Park: 7,004 vacation rentals
  • Longbow Golf Club: 5,981 vacation rentals
  • Usery Mountain Regional Park: 3,975 vacation rentals
  • Arizona Museum of Natural History: 6,764 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mesa listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Mesa?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,066 Houses in Mesa. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mesa include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,722 rentals available
  • Villas: 70 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 396 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mesa?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,811 vacation rentals with pool available in Mesa. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Explore destinations around Mesa

    Fountain of the Sun
    712 vacation rentals
    6,978 vacation rentals
    7,686 vacation rentals
    2,471 vacation rentals
    2,839 vacation rentals
    4,583 vacation rentals
    Fountain Hills
    2,373 vacation rentals
    Cave Creek
    2,112 vacation rentals
    2,544 vacation rentals
    Apache Junction
    4,239 vacation rentals
    San Tan Valley
    545 vacation rentals
    180 vacation rentals
    Paradise Valley
    5,352 vacation rentals
    Gold Canyon
    777 vacation rentals
    Queen Creek
    1,376 vacation rentals
    2,831 vacation rentals
    Sun Lakes
    397 vacation rentals
    223 vacation rentals
    Rio Verde
    2,529 vacation rentals
    Palm Springs
    6,956 vacation rentals