Surrounded by the dry, barren landscape of the Sonoran Desert and less than 20 miles from Phoenix, Mesa, Arizona, is a picture-postcard oasis with a plethora of museums and galleries. If it's history or science you're after, visit Mesa, the third largest city in "The Grand Canyon State," for an educational city break. When booking one of the Mesa hotels, ensure it's close to most attractions you want to visit.
Out and About in Mesa
Take a trip to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, home to a three-story waterfall and a recreation of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, one of the most famous lost mines in the United States. The museum, which was established in 1977, has a realistic Hohokam village on display, with structures and pit-houses. Many hotels and motels in Mesa, AZ, are close to local attractions such as the i.d.e.a. Museum, which has exhibits designed to encourage children to interact with the fine arts. The museum, located in downtown Mesa, is housed in a refurbished 1950s grocery store, with more than 20,000 feet of display space. Don't forget to visit the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum too. With an F4 Phantom and 1944 B-17G bomber as part of its collection, the museum is a must-see for fans of iconic warplanes.
Eating and Drinking
When you're in Mesa, you need to try local fry bread, which can be found on the menus of many restaurants in downtown Mesa. This dish is found throughout the United States, but it has strong links to Native American communities in Arizona. Stay in hotels in Mesa, AZ, and check out chimichangas—a deep-fried burrito served on a bed of cheese and lettuce. This super-tasty Southwestern food is believed to have originated from "The Copper State."