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Two Days in Mesa

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Mesa is as diverse as people and their culture around the globe. Thus, it is dotted with plethora of points-of-interest and must try things to gratify all sorts of junkies and admirers. But, it is definitely not a land to get acquainted with mere two days in hand. To take you people out from this problem, we have put together a 48-hour itinerary tailor-made to for your 48 hours tour in the city very smartly and promptly. Follow the article to ensure a memorable journey in the city.

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Day 1 in Mesa

8:00 am: Start off with games
Welcome the sun with a stroll around Alta Mesa Park which is full of recreational activities and playgrounds to try your hand on certain sports and gaming activities and get rid of your morning blues.

Address: 1910 North Alta Mesa Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: 1 480.644.2352
Website: www.mesaaz.gov/things-to-do/parks-recreation-commercial-facilities/parks/alta-mesa-park
Operation Hours: Monday-Thursday (7:00 am-5:30 pm)

9:00 am: Coffee calling
Time to get filled in with energy to keep you going throughout your journey in the city. Stop by Cozy Corner Cafe for freshly-made home-cooked meals and energy drinks to keep you energetic.

Address: 5901 East McKellips Road #102, Mesa, AZ 85215
Phone: 1 480.830.6305
Website: www.cozycornercafemesa.com
Operation Hours: Friday (6:00 am-7:00 pm); Monday-Sunday (6:00 am-2:00 pm)
Distance and time from Alta Mesa Park: 0.8 miles or 16 minutes drive

10:00 am: Time sail around the city
A great way to capture the real beauty of the city is to sail around it through the 90-minute boat tours of Desert Belle. Catch the glimpse of the city's top picks by siting and relaxing in Desert Belle's air-conditioned two-level boats which incorporate bathrooms and a snack bar to facilitate its visitors to a great extent.

Address: 14011 North Bush Highway, Mesa, AZ 85215
Phone: 1 480.984.2425
Website: www.oldsite.desertbelle.com
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (7:00 am-9:00 pm)

12:00 pm: Time for tubing down
After getting off the boats of Desert Belle, start heading north on N Fr 206 A towards East Forest 206 A and make a halt at North Bush Highway to reach Salt River Tubing. Gear yourself up to tube down the river and add up more adventure to your trip. To accentuate your floating experience, Salt River Tubing provides you with certain clothing apparels that are not to be missed, and supply healthy and hearty foods and beverages keeping your energy level up.

Address: 9200 North Bush Highway, Mesa, AZ 85215
Phone: 1 480.984.3305
Website: www.saltrivertubing.com
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (8:30 am-6:00 pm)
Distance and time from Desert Belle: 7.4 miles or 15 minutes drive

2:00 pm: Adventure at its high
For a true adventure buff, Mesa is an ideal place to swing by and Fort McDowell Adventures is the name devoted to take care of entertainment needs of those fun and adventure junkies. Kayaking tours, jeep tours, drive cattle, and horseback riding to explore the glory of Sonoran Desert, what else one needs to gratify one's passion for adventure. 

Address: 14803 North Hiawatha Hood Road, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
Phone: 1 480.816.6465
Website: www.fortmcdowelladventures.com

3:30 pm: Feast for growling belly
Its time to please your belly with some scrumptious eats and give rest to your weary feet. Visit El Encanto Restaurant to satisfy your gluttony by munching classic and authentic Mexican dishes while enjoying the rustic-chic ambiance.

Address: 11044 North Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone: 1 480.837.1070
Website: www.elencantorestaurants.com
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (10:00 am-10:00 pm)
Distance and time from Fort McDowell Adventures: 4.1 miles or 9 minutes drive

4:30 pm: A peaceful time with plants and animals
After grabbing a bite to some yummy dishes, leave for the Usery Mountain Regional Park which is located on  North Usery Pass Road. Conveniently located near Tonto National Forest, Usery Mountain Regional Park is home to dozens of rare and adorable animal and plants species. Their Wind Cave Trail is the most sought-after thing and the adventurous one to discover the scenic beauty of the Goldfield Mountains.

Address: 3939 North Usery Pass Road, Mesa, AZ 85207
Phone: 1 480.984.0032
Website: www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery

6:00 pm: Time for retail therapy
Bounty of shopping spots in Mesa featuring every stuff boasting new-age style and trend make the city of the of the sought-after destination. How about taking away the bags full of Mesa's style, hues and trends. Well, if shopping is your thing than undoubtedly, Superstition Springs Center is the right fit for your search. Being packed with dozens of stores showcasing the collections of high-end designers, tons of restaurants and entertainment options, and being indulged into hosting myriads of events year round, Superstition Springs Center leaves no space for doubt that why it steals the show when it comes to pop in the finest shopping center in the city.

Address: 6555 East Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: 1 480.832.0212
Website: www.superstitionsprings.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-9:00 pm); Sunday (10:00 am-6:00 pm)
Distance and time from Usery Mountain Regional Park: 10.2 miles or 16 minutes drive

8:00 pm: Dinner is calling you
Sun has set, and you must be ready to drop. Don't worry. Take a hiatus and gorge on some flavorsome food to get your energy back. You can swing by The Cheesecake Factory (6613 East Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85206) to try some delectable American dishes. You cannot afford to miss the cheesecake served at The Cheesecake Factory. Believe it or not, but they are the best thing to try out once if you are in Mesa. If you have a huge tempt for Mexican grill food, than you can make your move to Mi Amigo's Mexican Grill (6465 East Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85206). People resort to it when it comes to authentic Mexican food made up of fresh and flavorful ingredients.

9:00 pm: Burn the dance floor
Clock strikes 9 'o' clock, and the entire city is garbed in darkness. But, in Mesa, its never too late to troll the streets be it dawn or dusk outside. One way to gratify your alacrity is to join the crowd of party lovers and tap your feet to country dancing going on at Denim & Diamonds. Indeed, a marvelous night spot to pop in and enjoy city's notable events and live music shows performed by local as well as national rock bands.  

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: Late-hour drink
To enjoy your late hours in the city, you can make your move to What the Hell Bar & Grill. For Mesans, its an obvious name which is the right fit for a place full of drinks, dance, music and top of that, fun. A superb facility to make your time memorable for years.

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 2 minutes drive

A Map Guide of Day 1 Tour in Mesa

Day 2 in Mesa

8:30 am: Get a cup of coffee for you
After a tiring day in Mesa and weariness due to late night party, you are allowed to get up a bit late. But, to enjoy your second day at the maximum, try rolling out by 8:30 am. Kick-start your day with a revitalizing cup of coffee at Coffee Rush. Ample amount of caffeine is a big help in keeping you active enough and subdue your tiredness.

Address: 1555 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Phone: 1 480.507.0930
Website: www.coffeerushcafe.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (5:00 am-11:00 pm); Sunday (6:00 am-11:00 pm)

9:30 am: Exciting bike trailing
Now, you are ready to embark on your another day in the city with the bells on. After leaving Coffee Rush, move north on North Gilbert Road towards East Baseline Road, and take the North Recker Road to reach Desert Trails Park. Whether you are novice to bike trails or an expert in it, bike trailing at Desert Trails Park could be a fun for all. Put on your shoes, sit on your pillion, and take your bicycle wherever you want to take it to.

Address: 2801, 3057 North Recker Road, Mesa, AZ 85215
Website: www.mesaaz.gov/things-to-do/parks-recreation-commercial-facilities/parks/desert-trails-park
Distance and time from Coffee Rush: 11.3 miles or 16 minutes drive

11:00 am: Touching the heights
An enthralling air museum for ardent plane enthusiasts. Yes, Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will let you explore the historic warplanes, namely, F4 Phantom, a 1944 B-17G bomber, and many other planes that belong to the era of WWII. Interestingly, you can also enjoy the aircraft rides that will take you to the locations based around Arizona. A great opportunity to have wings and touch the sky.

Address: 2017 North Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ 85215
Phone: 1 480.924.1940
Website: www.azcaf.org
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (9:00 am-3:00 pm)
Distance and time from Desert Trails Park: 3.6 miles or 7 minutes drive

1:00 pm: Pray and meditate
To retrieve your serenity, spend some time with the Almighty at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at East Lehi Road. An astonishing church to get mesmerized and filled with calmness to meditate and retrospect.
Address: 2701 East Lehi Road, Mesa, AZ 85213
Phone: 1 480.834.5041
Website: www.lds.org/locations?lang=eng
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Saturday (9:00 am-9:00 pm)
Distance and time from Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force: 4.3 miles or 7 minutes drive

2:00 pm: Relish on Mexican delicacies
Its time to take some break and search some scrumptious food for you. You can go to Taco Bell to serve your palette with an extensive range of finger-licking Mexican delicacies, i.e., nachos, tacos, and quesadillas. When it comes to hospitable staff, Taco Bell is second to none.

Address: 1215 East McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ 85203
Phone: 1 480.833.6073
Website: www.tacobell.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Thursday and Sunday (7:00 am-12:00 am); Friday and Saturday (7:00 am-1:00 am)
Distance and time from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 3.2 miles or 6 minutes drive

3:00 pm: Glimpse of Mesa's canal systems
After gratifying your appetite at Taco Bell, move west on East McKellips Road towards North Stapley Drive and drive till you reach Park of the Canals. Its intriguing history entices a huge number of travelers from near and far. Van B. and Vida Brinton built the facility to preserve the beautiful and unprecedented creation of Hohokam Indians and early Mormon, i.e., an extensive system of canals. Some of these canals are still operational and used by people.

Address: Mesa, Arizona 85203, United States
Website: www.parkofthecanals.org/index.html
Distance and time from Taco Bell: 1.0 mile or 2 minutes drive

4:30 pm: Riverview Park-hub of fun and adventure
Time to back to adventure. After leaving Park of the Canals, start moving towards Riverview Park. An ideal place to experience a high degree of adventure. You can do rope climbing of 60 ft long caterpillar mesh, or you can also try your hand on climbing a 50 ft tall Genesis tower, or sit by Community Fishing Lake and immerse yourself into fishing while listening to gushing of water, or you can indulge into your cook-out activities or picnicking with your family and friend at the sprawling picnic areas. 

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 Park of the Canals: 4.8 miles or 10 minutes drive

6:30 pm: Gather knowledge at Mesa Main Library
If you love spending time with and amidst books, then you can start moving east on West Rio Salado Parkway towards North Dobson Road and stop by Mesa Main Library. It boasts an array of great selection of books and is dedicated to spread information, resources, and services. You will always find whatever is on your mind. Get the horizon of your knowledge and information widened at Mesa Main Library.

Address: 64 East 1st Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 1 480-644-3100
Website: www.mesalibrary.org
Operation Hours: Monday-Thursday (10:00 am-8:00 pm); Friday and Saturday (10:00 am-5:00 pm)
Distance and time from Riverview Park: 3.5 miles or 8 minutes drive

8:00 pm: Dine at Pier de Orleans Restaurant
Getting a hunger call from growling stomach? Don't worry. Mesa is decked up with multitudes of premium restaurants to take care of every taste and preferences. You can visit Pier de Orleans Restaurant to experience the city's best Cajun seafood & steaks. Undoubtedly, the seafood from the kitchen of Pier de Orleans Restaurant is hard to match in the city. Its eye-popping sea-themed decor is like an icing on the cake.

Address: 61 East University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 1 480.844.7437
Website: www.pierdeorleans.com
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Thursday (11:00 am-9:00 pm); Friday (11:00 am-10:00 pm); Saturday (3:00 pm-10:00 pm); Sunday (3:00 pm-9:00 pm)
Distance and time from Mesa Main Library: 0.4 mile or 8 minutes drive

9:00 pm: Sports watching-an experience hard to match
Its time to enjoy your night to the fullest before you say goodbye to the city. For a hopping nightlife, Cactus Moon Mesa is amongst the most preferred one in the city. Be it sports watching on HD TVs, playing games, billiards session, bopping sessions of dancing, opening bottles of your favorite drinks, munching on eats to fill in your belly space, or other entertainment opportunities, Cactus Moon Mesa is the most renowned one-stop entertainment hub for party lovers. 

Address: 1017 North Dobson Road #108, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 1 480.833.2226
Website: www.cactusmoonmesa.com
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (11:00 am-2:00 am)
Distance and time from Pier de Orleans Restaurant: 3.3 miles or 9 minutes drive

11:00 pm: Snacks time at Gabby's Bar and Grill
If you still didn't have enough dose of fun, then you can visit Gabby's Bar and Grill for your late night munchies before calling it a day in Mesa. Lie back on couches and enjoy your favorite drink from its stocked and up-kept bar section. Its intimate ambiance soothes your mind and soul deeply.

Address: 635 North Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 1 480.827.9776
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (10:00 am-2:00 pm)
Distance and time from Cactus Moon Mesa: 2.4 miles or 7 minutes drive

A Map Guide of Day 2 Tour in Mesa

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