Mesa is a very unique place in Arizona. It’s a thriving suburban area located about 20 miles east of Phoenix and is the central city of the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan. Mesa is now the third-largest city in Arizona, after Phoenix and Tucson, and is the 38th-largest city in the US. Mesa is known as the largest suburban city in the U.S. Therefore, given its large size and inclusion within greater Phoenix one can think of Mesa as Arizona’s ‘city within a city’. The city is particularly popular with college graduates and young families given its many opportunities and attractions, its proximity to Phoenix and affordability.
Mesa is a haven for lovers of the outdoors as it has over 2,280 acres of parkland within its city limits, the largest of which is Red Mountain Park which spans 1,146 acres. For those wanting an active and healthy lifestyle, there are no less than four fully-equipped recreation centers throughout the city. The entire family can enjoy outings such as river rafting and tubing on the Salt River, as well as horseback riding, hiking and walks through beautiful areas like the Saguaro Lake Ranch Stable and the nearby Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park and Lost Dutchman State Park, both of which are terrific for bird watching and offer the very best of the Sonoran Desert.
Mesa is hardly some suburban valley backwater. The city is culturally well served with its three City-owned arts and culture venues, namely the i.d.e.a. Museum, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, and the Mesa Arts Center. The City also runs Mesa Amphitheater, which is a much-loved outdoor music and festival venue with its tiered lawn that tiered lawn is big enough for great acts to appear and yet intimate enough for everyone to have a great view of the stage. Mesa is also host to the annual ‘Arizona Celebration of Freedom’ which is said to be the coolest and best July 4th celebration in the state. There is also the Commemorative Air Force Museum, Arizona Museum for Youth and other exciting attractions to be enjoyed in Mesa. The city is also home to two major archeological sites- the Park of the Canals and the Mesa Grande Ruins.
So, what is the vibe of Mesa? Think of a thriving yet laidback community that offers the best in an affordable lifestyle, culture and the great outdoors. Live Your Vibe in Mesa!