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Located east of Phoenix, the city of Mesa is the third largest in Arizona and has been some sort of city for more than 2,000 years. The aerospace industry began to grow here in the 1950s and '60s; today a Boeing plant still is the third-largest employer in the area. There's also a considerable Mormon influence and one of the largest temples in the Southwest situated in Mesa.
The Community of Mesa
Mesa is a long, narrow city that's generally divided into two halves: East and West Mesa. Center Street runs north to south with addresses to its east and west designated as such, respectively. The center of the city houses the downtown area with historic homes and arts and cultural venues.
What to Do in Mesa
Falcon Field and Williams Field opened near Mesa in the 1940s, and since that time, the city has been a hub for all things Air Force. The Commemorative Air Force Museum pays homage to that history and serves as an excellent starting point to learn about the role aircraft have played in the military. Tour vintage WWII planes and even get a ride if you desire. Open most days; adult admission is $15.
The Arizona Museum of Natural History lets you spend an afternoon in the company of dinosaurs by learning about paleontology in the state. Or, observe findings from archeologists about the ancient peoples that lived in the desert. Open Tuesday through Sunday; admission is $7 for children and $12 for adults.
Ten major league baseball teams hold spring training near Mesa, and if you're here in spring, you can attend a preseason game at the recently renovated Hohokam Stadium where the Oakland A’s train. Alternatively, visit in fall for a Cactus League match-up.
One Place You Shouldn't Miss in Mesa
Shopper alert: The Mesa Market Place Swap Meet hosts 1.4 miles of tables over nearly 40 acres, the space is shaded and misted on warm days and features a food court and live entertainment. Find items you never knew you needed and people watch to your heart's content.
Dining in Mesa
Red White & Brew prepares tasty steaks and fresh seafood dishes amongst the many offerings on its extensive menu. Consider the specials that take advantage of what's available locally. Wash it all down with a glass of wine or a pint of a local draft brew.
Enjoy Southwestern and Mexican dishes at the unassuming Blue Adobe Sante Fe Grille near downtown Mesa. A diverse menu offers something for everyone, including excellent chile rellenos and chorizo stuffed chicken. Try the fire-roasted salsa that's made fresh every day.