Valley Metro Light Rail Expansion to Connect Downtown Mesa
Valley Metro’s new 3.1 mile stretch of service running through Mesa’s downtown district is now open! The expansion connects more Mesa attractions for visitors to experience shops, restaurants and activities that feature a local Mesa flair.
Visit Mesa has put together this day trip itinerary to help you experience all our favorite destinations on the new light rail line.
8 a.m.: Ditch your car at the Sycamore/Main Street Park ‘n Ride lot and hop on an east-bound light rail train. Trains arrive every 12 minutes to keep your day moving along.
8:30 a.m.: Hop off the train at the Country Club station and take a quick two block walk to Inside the Bungalow, an historic home turned café, for a carefully crafted coffee or tea and fresh-baked sweet pastry (our favorite is the hummingbird cake). This turn-of-the-century house is hidden behind a quaint white-picket fence and lush garden, giving a relaxed, easy feeling to everyone who stops in.
10 a.m.: Though Mesa is a relatively young city, you can find treasures spanning America's long and storied history in downtown Mesa's numerous antique shops. One shop not to miss is the Antique Plaza, occupying 20,000 square feet of space on two floors in downtown Mesa. Here, more than 150 dealers showcase their fabulous finds.
Noon: Stroll east down Main Street and find a flavor that fits your taste for lunch. Try Mango’s Mexican Café & Bakery for authentic tacos, tamales and enchiladas of Northern Mexico. For exotic slowly-simmered soups and curries, stop into Nunthaporn Thai Cuisine. Looking for a pizza slice? Stop into Queen’s Pizzeria for fresh-made pizza featuring their house-made pizza dough.
2 p.m.: Nestled just one block north of Main Street is one of the state’s premier museums, the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Here you can check out the largest dinosaur exhibit west of the Mississippi River along with other prehistoric artifacts and interactive stations.
5 p.m.: Stop into Mesa's original owned and operated micro-brewery, Desert Eagle Brewing Company, for a pint of local beer during happy hour (3-6 p.m.). Try the beer flight to get a sampling of their best brews including Red Mountain Ale, Main Street Blonde and the Buzz Bomb IPA.
6 p.m.: Grab a bite to eat at Il Vinaio, downtown’s wine bistro. Featuring flatbreads, pastas and American classics with a Mediterranean influence, there’s something comforting and classic on the menu for everyone. Be sure to notice the 70+ stained glass windows and cathedral ceiling, both highlighting the restaurant’s historic building.
Be sure to share your light rail adventure with us on social media with the hashtag #MesaCityLimitless and tag @ValleyMetro and @VisitMesa.