No matter where you rest your head in Mesa City Limitless, exploring the region is a top to-do for visitors.
Like most major metropolitan areas, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and at Visit Mesa we couldn't agree more. When you add together the neighborhoods of Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, and Fort McDowell - Mesa visitors have an endless landscape to explore. If travel at its core is all about discovery then you have it here in City Limitless®.
The City of Mesa, in partnership with area stakeholders, has unveiled a new brand for the Asian District, Mesa, AZ to celebrate the District’s unique offerings of culture, community, and commerce. Asian District, Mesa, AZ comprises more than 70 Asian-themed restaurants, grocery stores and other service and retail businesses along a two-mile stretch on Dobson Road in West Mesa.
Downtown Mesa is the city’s epicenter of business, government, arts, recreation and entertainment. Visitors will find an eclectic collection of unique shops, diverse restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, a cidery, award-winning museums, the largest arts center in Arizona, and much more all located within Mesa’s original square mile. Downtown Mesa is a photography lover’s dream with vintage and modern-day murals lining both sides of Main Street and the self-guided public art walk featuring the city’s 36 permanent sculptures. The area is undergoing a resurgence of new development including extensive renovations at the Mesa Temple and new residential living options, The GRID currently under construction (2021), and downtown will soon be home to ASU @ Mesa City Center (2022).
The Town of Queen Creek is a growing community with an authentic hometown atmosphere that residents are proud to call home. What's not to love? Better known as “The QC,” the area features an incredible heritage of family farms that welcome visitors all year round. With a variety of attractions offering entertainment for all ages, visitors will experience a unique part of the Valley of the Sun. Mesa's famed Fresh Foodie Agritourism Trail leads visitors straight to the heart of Queen Creek. Queen Creek is home to Schnepf Farms, which has been designated as an “Arizona Treasure,” the ever-popular and Food Network famous Queen Creek Olive Mill, Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farms, The Pork Shop, and Desert Roots Farm - just to name a few. For more than a century now, farmers have held on to tradition and their bounty is a true testament to Arizona's fertile terroir. Cowboys at heart or visitors that want to simply play the part can do so at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, where they have changed the definition of spectator sport with the many equine events and competitions that are showcased here.
North of Mesa is the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, a 950-member Native American tribe which calls Central Arizona's upper Sonoran Desert home. The Fort Mc Dowell Yavapai, the "Abaja - the people" are one of three Yavapai tribes in Arizona. The Yavapai are among the Yuman-speaking peoples, which also include the Hualapai, Havasupai, Kumeyaay, Pai Pai, Cocopah and other Southwestern tribes. Fort McDowell Yavapais take great pride in their community, and through perseverance and hard work have built a strong, stable community and economy. The nation owns and operates a number of exciting attractions for Mesa visitors to enjoy including the We-Ko-Pa Casino, Fort McDowell Adventures (a Western-themed outdoor venue where guests can take horseback rides and other desert adventures), the Eagle View RV Park, the award-winning WeKoPa Golf Club, Fort McDowell Farms. Fort McDowell is the ideal location to enjoy many outdoor recreation tours. With numerous attractions and events occurring daily, visitors will enjoy the stunning, untouched Sonoran Desert scenery that makes up their beautiful lands.
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) is a sovereign tribe located in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Established by Executive Order on June 14, 1879, the Community operates as a full-service government and oversees departments, programs, projects and facilities.The Community is located in Maricopa County and is bounded by the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Fountain Hills. The Community encompasses 52,600 acres, with 19,000 held as a natural preserve. Click on the link above to browse all of the entertainment options the tribal land contributes to the East Valley.
Within the shadow of the Superstition Mountains and just east of Mesa lies Apache Junction - the trailhead to adventure along the Historic Apache Trail. Arizona Office of Tourism has named Highway 88 one of the most scenic by-ways in all the Southwest. Apache Junction has a long and colorful past reaching back to every element of the American Southwest: ancient Indian cultures, Spanish explorers, the lure of rich gold mines, and open range for the western cattlemen. Add in the local legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine and the deadly hide & seek between the U.S. Military and the indigenous Apache bands, and you have a place that vibrates with history. Stop in the Superstition Mountain Museum to hear the whole story. While here, no one can overlook the splendors of the unincorporated village of Gold Canyon next door. Once a working cattle ranch bordering the Superstition Wilderness, it is now best known for the world famous Gold Canyon Golf Resort, luxury spas, fine restaurants, lush accommodations and premier golf. The combination of both destinations promise a great Arizona getaway for travelers to Mesa City Limitless.