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A short 30-minute drive away from Phoenix is Mesa, the third-largest city in Arizona. Fly with Swoop and go discover the Mesa Grande Ruins which are a group of Hohokam structures or go for a scenic hike at the Papago Park. Take a ride to the neighbouring area of Scottsdale, known for its high-end resorts, spas and golf courses. Whether you decide to stay in Mesa or Phoenix, there are endless activities to enjoy!
If you’re looking to enjoy some desert heat, Mesa is a great place to start! The city is close to other Arizona destinations, such as Phoenix and Scottsdale, but there’s also lots to see and enjoy in Mesa itself. When you fly into the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, you can choose between a handful of taxi, sedan and rideshare services. Many hotels also have a shuttle, so make sure to check before you get on the plane. There is also a bus route that drives through town and stops at the airport. You can see all the details on ground transportation here.
Arizona is a great place for an affordable vacation in the sun – just ask all the Canadian snowbirds that spend their winters there! If you’re staying in Mesa, there are lots of free activities to take advantage of. If you are interested in checking out local art, the Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts is a free arts festival that happens on the first and third Saturday of the month between October and April. Mesa is also close so much natural beauty – you can take a drive on the Apache Trail and enjoy the stunning canyons, geologic formations, desert flora and lake views. If you’re in town in March, you’ll be lucky to see the beautiful wildflowers as well!
While everyone knows that Arizona is a golfer’s dream, did you know that Mesa has also been named one of the most bike-friendly cities in American? There are more than 64 miles of cycling trails in the city, and with many rental shops in town you don’t need to worry about finding a way to get your own bike on the plane. If you’re feeling competitive, you can enter El Tour de Mesa, a yearly bike race in April that has 5, 10, 50 and 100 kilometre options. There is also a festival at the finish line with a zip line, rock walls, live music and food trucks.