Mesa is located in the south-central portion of Maricopa County, and is the third-largest city in Arizona. The city of Mesa sits atop a plateau which overlooks the Valley of the Sun. Fun fact, Mesa is a Spanish word that means “tabletop”.
Falcon Field Airport, Mesa, AZ, was built in 1941 in order to train fighter pilots during WWII. As families began settling in Mesa, and tourism grew after the war, Falcon Field in Mesa become an important and large U.S. airport. Because of its desirable climate (313 days of sunshine a year!) and strong economy, Mesa is currently one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. Also due to the nice weather that Mesa experiences year-round, Mesa is an ideal city for several major-league baseball spring training camps (Cactus League). Not to mention, the Chicago Cubs have their camp at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. Some popular natural attractions in Mesa include
Depending on the amount of rain the desert gets, March in Mesa is usually the peak season for wildflowers. Mesa and the surrounding desert, for example come alive with blooming wildflowers such as lupine, desert marigold, and Mexican gold poppy. From March through May, cacti also bloom. In particular, Prickly Pear, Saguaro, and the barrel cactus are a common sight in Mesa.
Downtown Mesa has Dinosaur Mountain at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Also in Mesa is the Arizona Museum for Youth, which features hands-on activities and changing art exhibits. Other cultural attractions in Mesa include:
Dobson Ranch Branch
Mesa Arts Center
LDS Mesa Arizona Temple (with Christmas lights in December)