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A Day in Mesa

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Definitely, mere 24 hours in hand is very less time to explore the real glory of Mesa, but you can follow the itinerary mentioned below to divide and manage your time in the city intelligently. A good way it is to get maximum out of your time in the city and not to bite the bullet while figuring out your jaunt from one place to another.

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8:00: Start with a walk
Set out your journey with a stroll along the walking trail at Red Mountain Park which is dotted with sprawling playgrounds, basketball court, fishing lake, soccer fields, softball fields, baseball fields, volleyball court, and a disc golf. It could be a great start by shedding some sweat, cutting on fat, and inhaling the ample amount fresh air at park.

Address: 7745 East Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85207
Phone: 1 480.644.4271
Website: www.mesaaz.gov/things-to-do/parks-recreation-commercial-facilities/parks/red-mountain-park
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (7:00 am-10:00 pm)

9:00 am: A dose of hearty breakfast
After a good stroll at Red Mountain Park, start moving south on North Sunvalley Boulevard towards East Adobe Road and stop by Arby's which is located on East Main Street. Its time to rest your tiring feet and gorge on wholesome breakfast. Arby's is specialized in serving hot and cold sandwiches with a pinch of spicy jalapeno peppers and other delectable munchies along with some tantalizing energy drinks and shakes.

Address: 6740 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85205
Phone: 1 480.981.1492
Website: www.locations.arbys.com/us/az/mesa/6740-e-main-st.html
Operation Hours: Monday-Thursday (7:00 am-11:00 pm); Friday (7:00 am-12:00 am); Saturday (8:00 am-12:00 am); Sunday (9:00 am-11:00 pm)
Distance and time from Red Mountain Park: 1.8 miles or 4 minutes drive

10:00 am: Offer prayers at Velda Rose United Methodist Church
Its time to visit Velda Rose United Methodist Church, a sacred facility beautifully situated on East Main Street. Its really great to spend some time at a place where divinity resides and flows at its high. Quash your negative thoughts and let the good spirit flow through your veins and blood.

Address: 5540 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85205
Phone: 1 480.832.2111
Website: www.veldarose.org/home.html
Operation Hours: Monday-Friday (8:00 am-4:00 pm)
Distance and time from Arby's: 1.5 miles or 3 minutes drive

11:00 am: A glimpse of Arizona Natural History
After a divine time, lets head south on North 56th Street and walk towards East Apache Trail/East Main Street and swing by Arizona Museum of Natural History situated at 53 North Macdonald. A commendable place to get a better understanding of know-how of the cultural and natural history of Southwest. Its educational programs inform people about the origin of life and plethora of life-forms on earth. Its dinosaur hall will let you discover about the various species of dinosaurs once existed on earth.

Address: 53 North Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 1 480.644.2230
Website: www.azmnh.org
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Friday (10:00 am-5:00 pm); Saturday (11:00 am-5:00 pm); Sunday (1:00 pm-5:00 pm)
Distance and time from Velda Rose United Methodist Church: 8.1 miles or 16 minutes drive

1:00 pm: Roll and Bowl at AMF Mesa Lanes
Up for some real fun? If yes, then make your move north on North Macdonald and drive until you reach East Southern Avenue and find AMF Mesa Lanes. Your search stops here. Whether you are a green to bowling or possess great bowling skills, fun at AMF Mesa Lanes is prerogative to all sort of enthusiasts. Bowling alleys at AMF Mesa Lanes is always ready to get hit, only you need to come up with a great zeal to roll and bowl and get down all the bowling pins.

Address: 2115 East Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85204
Phone: 1 480.926.0051
Website: www.amf.com/home
Distance and time from Arizona Museum of Natural History: 4.5 miles or 11 minutes drive

2:30 pm: Satisfy your gluttony
Its time to put your journey to rest and treat your belly with some awesome food. After leaving AMF Mesa Lanes, start moving west on East Southern Avenue and walk until you find South Gilbert Road. Stop here to visit India Oven (1315 South Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85204) and grab a bite to some mouth-watering north Indian cuisines. You can also check out Sekai Sushi (1017 South Gilbert Road #109, Mesa, AZ 85204) located in Santa Fe Square. The taste and flavor of sushi and Japanese delicacies served here are hard to match in the town.

3:30 pm: Insights into the history of Mesa
After having your favorite meals, leave for the Mesa Historical Museum located on the East Main Street. The simple and clear motto of the museum is to preserve the essential traces of history of Mesa and educate people on the culture, history and art of Mesa through their education programs and exhibitions.

Address: 51 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 1 480.835.2286
Website: www.mesamuseum.org

4:30 pm: Get loose in adventurous activities
Don't leave the city without tasting the adventure at Riverview Park. Get your 2 hours jam-packed with fun and thrill by trying your hand on the adventure-filled activities at the park. You can climb the 50-ft tall Genesis tower, roll up your sleeves and climb the 60-ft long caterpillar mesh, play your favorite sports in the sprawling playgrounds, take a deep dip into cool splash pad, and keep some time aside for fishing. Riverview Park is also a fantastic place for picnics and cookouts and filled with tons of eateries.

Address: 2100 W 8th St, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 1 480-644-2352
Website: www.mesaaz.gov/things-to-do/parks-recreation-commercial-facilities/parks/riverview-park
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (10:00 am-10:00 pm)
Distance and time from Mesa Historical Museum: 4.1 miles or 10 minutes drive

6:30 pm: Visit to ancient systems of canal
Had enough dose of adventure? Now, leave for the Park of the Canals to catch a glimpse of ancient canal systems. Van B. and Vida laid the stones of Park of the Canals to preserve the 4,500-foot of canals built by early Mormon and ancient Hohokam Indians in Salt River Valley. The National Geographic Society has declared this park a pre-eminent site for the Native American heritage, and the Hohokam canal system has won the accolade for 'Excellence in Prehistoric Engineering'.

Address: Mesa, Arizona 85203
Website: www.parkofthecanals.org/index.html
Distance and time from Riverview Park: 4.8 miles or 9 minutes drive

7:30 pm: Shop for your favorite stuff
After gazing at some ancient canals at the Park of the Canals, its time to splurge a chunk of your money on shopping. Head north-west and drive till North Dobson Road to reach Mesa Riverview. It is an alfresco shopping destination featuring bounty of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Some of its highlights are: Boot Barn, Pearle Vision, DC Dental, Great Clips, McDonald's, Panda Express, Logan's Roadhouse, The Brass Tap, Cinemark, and a lot of other.

Address: 1061 North Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 1 480.874.7526
Website: www.mesariverview.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-9:00 pm); Sunday (11:00 am-6:00 pm)
Distance and time from Park of the Canals: 4.3 miles or 10 minutes drive

9:00 pm: Don't peckish, dine in Dave's Bar-B-Que and Logan's Roadhouse
Its time to appease your hunger. You can pop in Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que (1011 North Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85201) for finger-licking barbequed food and wood-smoked meats. You can also drop in Logan's Roadhouse (945 North Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85201) for delectable American dishes and signature cocktails.

10:00 pm: Drink and Dance-perfect fusion
Mesa's nightlife venues are kind of a place where party and fun go long no matter how late it gets outside. And, one such name which has been acknowledged internationally is Denim & Diamonds. Want to experience the best of the performers tapping feet to country dance, then Denim & Diamonds is the right place to stop by. Its booming nightlife, pumping live music and extravagant event, namely, Redneck Olympics will let you have a great night time so far.

Address: 7336 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207
Phone: 1 480.832.5000
Website: www.denimanddiamondsmesaaz.com
Operation Hours: Wednesday-Saturday (6:00 pm-2:00 am)

11:00 pm: Enjoy late night food at What the Hell Bar & Grill
For late night munchies and drinks you can visit What the Hell Bar & Grill. Relax in their comfy couches, sip your favorite drink, gorge on their hearty fare, and immerse yourself into the live music tuned by some local and national bands. 

Address: 7303 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207
Phone: 1 480.380.6000
Website: www.whatthehellbar.com
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (7:00 am-2:00 am)
Distance and time from Denim & Diamonds: 0.2 mile or 4 minutes drive

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