Did you make a New Year’s resolution to travel and explore more? Check out these reasons why Mesa should be on your list of destinations in 2017.

 

1. Fresh Foodie Trail®

In Mesa, our bountiful harvest is one that we proudly share with our visitors all year long. Here, fresh experiences and a treasured heritage of family farms and long-standing festivals make for lasting memories. Hop on our Fresh Foodie Trail® and learn about the process of making extra virgin olive oil with Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Olive Oil 101 Tour, or take a peek at the 5,000-square-foot vertical urban garden, True Garden, that grows produce using no soil. Experience the Peach Blossom Festival at Schnepf Farms, or take a tour and taste ice cream at Superstition Diary Farm.

 

peaches

 

2. A growing craft beer scene

Craft beer continues to grow in popularity, so much so that travelers will seek out a local brew while visiting new destinations. There is no better way to drink responsibly than to join fellow beer lovers on a ‘hop-on’ adventure with Arizona Brewery Tours. Check out breweries like Desert Eagle Brewing Company, Beer Research Institute, Arizona Wilderness, and soon to be added to the tour, Oro Brewing Company. You'll also want to add 12West Brewing inside of Barnone at Agritopia to you to-drink list.

 

3. Spring Training

Every March, fans far and wide catch baseball fever as two Major League Baseball teams settle in at Mesa stadiums for a month-long season of spring training. Cheer on the World Champion Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park and the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium.

 

spring training cubs

 

4. The Sonoran Desert

Embraced by the Sonoran Desert, Mesa is surrounded by a rich, vibrant and verdant playground for sought-after outdoor recreation. Explore the desert at Usery Mountain Regional Park or Lost Dutchman State Park with hiking, biking, camping, and more.

 

5. Mesa Arts Center

Arizona's largest arts center is a stunning facility in the heart of Downtown Mesa that offers live entertainment, performances, world-class visual art exhibitions and arts education classes. Mesa Arts Center is also home to the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, an exciting visual art exhibition space that boasts five unique galleries featuring both emerging and internationally-recognized artists.

 

mesa arts center

 

6. Barnone, A Craftsman Community

The Fresh Foodie Trail® just received a new attraction with the opening of Barnone at Agritopia. This gathering place is located inside a renovated Quonset hut built with steel from WWII planes that served the nearby Air Force base. The structure has been brought back to life as an innovative artisan collective on Agritopia’s urban agriculture campus. Barnone features 14 resident craftsmen and women across a wide array of disciplines including a micro-winery, printing shop, nano-brewery, culinary machinist, restaurants and more.

 

7. Riverview Park

Named one of the country’s 10 Best parks by USA Today Travel in 2015, Riverview Park features attractions and activities for the active family. The park boasts a 50-foot tall climbing tower, two playgrounds, an oversized splash pad, and a 60-foot-long caterpillar mesh rope climbing structure.

 

riverview park

 

8. Let's Taco 'bout it!

Enjoy Taco Tuesday every day that ends in 'y' with delicious options at local favorites including Joyride Taco House, Matta’s Grill and Cantina, Barrio Queen, Backyard Taco or The Original Blue Adobe.

 

9. Water in the desert

Arizona may be known for its desert landscapes but there is no shortage of waterways to explore when visiting Mesa. Here, three lakes and two rivers allow for desert boating, fishing, rafting, paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and jet skiing – and tubing, Arizona’s floating picnic.

 

SUP kids

 

10. A golfer’s paradise

Mesa is home to renowned golf courses featuring breathtaking views of sweeping vistas set against the natural beauty of rugged mountains and blue Western skies. Tee up at We-Ko-Pa Golf ClubLongbow Golf Club, Augusta Ranch Golf ClubLas Sendas Golf Club, or Arizona Golf Resort .

 

11. Top 10 Cities for bicyclists

Mesa was named one of the top 10 cities for bicyclists by Forbes magazine and it’s not too hard to see why. There are more than 40 miles of bikes lanes and close access to a plethora of desert biking trails to explore.

 

downtown biking

 

12. The Apache Trail

One of the most popular day trips for anyone visiting Mesa is up the historic Apache Trail, through the mysterious Superstition Mountains, and into the foothills of the Tonto National Forest. Take a guided jeep tour with Apache Trail Tours, or drive the scenic route yourself. Fuel up with a meal at the Mining Camp Restaurant and be sure to stop at Canyon Lake for breathtaking views of this oasis in the desert. (Location Closed July 2017 due to fire.)

 

13. Goat Yoga

Got a love of goats? Arizona Goat Yoga gives yogis the chance to relieve the daily stresses of life by combining yoga with goats roaming on a farm. During the guided yoga class, these gentle, sweet, and loving animals wander the fields and are placed by the instructor on guests that are in specific poses.

 

goat yoga

 

14. Mesa-Phoenix Marathon

If you are going to run a marathon, you might as well choose one with beautiful scenery and weather. Starting below the large “Phoenix” sign painted on Usery Mountain, runners will experience nearly 1,000 feet of net elevation loss in this Boston Qualifier.

 

15. Bird Watching

Birding is a popular sport in Arizona, whose diverse terrain is home to more than 500 species. From hummingbirds and flycatchers to loons, herons and the occasional bald eagle, the birdwatching opportunities are endless.

 

bird watching

 

16. Outdoor Adventure

Embrace the Wild West with an unforgettable trail ride on horseback with Fort McDowell Adventures, or kick it up a notch with Green Zebra on an adventurous Tomcar ride.

 

17. A comfortable stay

Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable stay at these Mesa hotel properties while you explore all that our region has to offer: Phoenix Marriott Mesa, Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville WestResidence Inn, Coyote Landing, Ramada Mesa, Best Western Plus Mesa, Holiday Inn, Hilton Phoenix Mesa, Country Inn & Suites, Courtyard Phoenix Mesa, La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix Mesa West, La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix Mesa East, Cal-Am Resorts or Westgate Painted Mountain.

 

hilton

 

We want to see your adventures in Mesa this year! Tag your pictures on social media with the hashtag #VisitMesa.