Mesa, AZ, USA

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Mesa, AZ, USA

Mesa vacation rentals

Mesa takes center stage

Lying 15 miles east of the Arizona state capital, Mesa is perhaps best known as a suburb of Phoenix. Travelers frequently use Mesa vacation rentals as a home base from which to explore its larger neighbor; however, those who explore closer to home soon discover that there’s also plenty to be admired right on your doorstep. With a number of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, golf courses that cater to all skill levels, and a range of centrally located parks, Mesa’s fusion of urban amenities and suburban charm have seen it step out from the shadows and into the spotlight.

Discover the Mesa Grande temple

Constructed between 1100 and 1400 AD, the Mesa Grande temple mound was a sacred spot for the region’s indigenous Hohokam people, and the center of their village. Today, visitors to the area can explore the ruins at the Mesa Grande Cultural Park. Self-guided tours lead you through the remains of the temple and the village plaza, with kiosks en route to explain how the mound was built and how the Hohokam people lived. Guided tours are also offered to groups of 10 or more, while the park’s seasonal openings are available online.

Revealing Mesa’s heritage

With over 2,000 years of history waiting to be discovered, it’s no wonder Mesa has become a top destination for the amateur historian. The Mesa Historical Museum is the best place to start your investigation. This facility offers a comprehensive overview of the development of the region, as well as a number of rotating exhibitions. The schedule of upcoming events, as well as opening hours, can be found on the museum’s website. One of the institution’s chief attractions is the recreated 1-room schoolhouse, which provides an intriguing glimpse into the area’s not-so-distant past.

Sizzling summers and warm winters in Mesa

Holidaymakers who choose to set up shop in a homey Mesa vacation rental won’t need to worry about rainy days—the city sees less than 10 inches of rainfall per year. Arizona’s desert climate provides sunshine all year round, with summer averages reaching highs of 105°F. The winter months stay dry and temperatures still climb to the high 60s, so it’s worth considering this off-season period, when Mesa vacation rentals are in plentiful supply and prices tend to drop. Whenever you choose to visit, the refreshing desert breeze keeps things comfy, so getting out and about is usually easy as pie.

Desert excursions in Mesa

Located within 30 minutes of most central Mesa vacation rentals, the Usery Mountain Regional Park presents 29 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The paths through this area allow spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding plains, while the onsite Nature Center is standing by to educate visitors about the flora and fauna typically found in this desert environment. Different routes can lead you high into the mountain ridges, or toward the nearby Tonto National Forest, while keen bird-watchers can keep their eyes peeled for birds of prey gliding across the skies.