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Popular amenities for Mesa vacation rentals

Stay near Mesa's top sights

Casino Arizona109 locals recommend
SanTan Village154 locals recommend
Mesa Riverview79 locals recommend
Sloan Park286 locals recommend
Superstition Springs Center56 locals recommend
Mesa Arts Center115 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Mesa

  • Total rentals

    3.7K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2.3K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    2.5K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.3K properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    2.5K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    107K reviews

Your guide to Mesa

All About Mesa

Saguaro cactus reaching to the sky, expanses of terracotta-tiled roofs, and the constant presence of the arid, imposing Superstition Mountains characterize this south-central Arizona city. While Mesa may technically be a suburb of Phoenix, it certainly doesn’t take a back seat. As Arizona’s third-largest municipality, Mesa has more than its fair share of cultural offerings, recreational activities, and entertainment options. Mesa is home to stylish cafes, a thriving nightlife, and talented chefs exploring the intersection of Mexican, indiginous Southwest, and European cuisines. The Mesa Arts Center is the largest art park in the Southwest, with over 200 sculptures, theaters, and galleries.

The city’s proximity to the Sonoran Desert and accompanying nature reserves provide plenty of opportunities to explore the area’s world-renowned red rock formations. Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities here, with easy access to hundreds of miles of trail systems snaking through the deserts. For a reprieve from the heat, you can always head onto the Salt River or one of several nearby lakes, joining the other paddle boarders, kayakers, and swimmers cooling off in the water.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Mesa

Mesa boasts over 300 days of annual sunshine, with accompanying desert conditions, but the temperature does shift from season to season: from sunny and warm during the winter to scorching (and sunny) in the summer. Because of the extreme heat, winter and the shoulder seasons may be the ideal times to look for vacation rentals in Mesa — especially if you’re planning on hiking and mountain biking. Regardless of the time of year, it is important to be prepared for the heat and sun when visiting Mesa. Be sure you always have access to cool clothing, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water when you’re outdoors (many locals also keep water in the car in case of emergencies).

Top things to do in Mesa

Lost Dutchman Museum

Set on a 15-acre plot of land at the foot of Superstition Mountain, this museum highlights the history and folklore of southern Arizona. Geological displays will help you look at the ancient rock formations in a new light, and an exhibition on the region’s Native American roots traces the history of human habitation here back more than 12,000 years. Adjacent to the museum are the remnants of the Apacheland Movie Ranch; during its heyday, the facades of storefronts and streets you’ll wander around were used to film several now-famous Westerns.

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Arizona’s arid climate conditions have preserved the area’s geological, anthropological, and ecological history extraordinarily well. The Arizona Museum of Natural History showcases the wide-ranging varieties of fossils archeologists have found in this region, including those belonging to dinosaurs and long-extinct North American megafauna.

Usery Mountain Regional Park

Half an hour outside town, this nearly 4,000-acre nature park lies at the mouth of the Sonoran Desert. Hiking, biking, and horse riding trails lead you through terrain as varied as rugged mountaintops and vast stands of saguaros. If you’re up for a late-night drive, park’s desert air also provides some of the most pristine stargazing opportunities in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Mesa?

    Mesa has a desert climate. Summers can be extremely hot, with temperatures reaching over 100°F (38°C). However, winters are mild and comfortable, averaging around 70°F (21°C), perfect for exploring outdoor attractions. The city gets minimal rain, mostly in the winter months.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Mesa?

    In Mesa, you can explore the local history at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, immerse yourself in arts and culture at the Mesa Arts Center, or enjoy outdoor activities in the parks. For a unique experience, visit the Butterfly Wonderland, home to thousands of butterflies.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Mesa?

    Mesa is popular between October and April when the weather is at its most comfortable, ranging between 70°F (21°C) and 80°F (27°C). During this time, the city hosts events like the Mesa Music Festival in November and the Spring Training Baseball in March.

  • What are the best places to stay in Mesa?

    Downtown Mesa is often recommended for its proximity to cultural attractions and restaurants. East Mesa is known for its serene neighborhoods and outdoor activities. For a more upscale stay, Las Sendas promises beautiful views and golf courses.

  • What are the best places to visit in Mesa?

    Explore Mesa's fascinating attractions such as the Arizona Museum of Natural History, the Mesa Arts Center, the Usery Mountain Regional Park, and the Mesa Grande Cultural Park. If you're interested in aviation, the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona is a frequently suggested spot.

  • What are some hiking trails in Mesa?

    Mesa features a variety of hiking trails for all levels. The Wind Cave Trail at Usery Mountain Regional Park, the Pass Mountain Trail, and the Maricopa Trail which links regional parks offer breathtaking desert landscapes. Remember to bring water and sun protection!

  • What are some family activities to do in Mesa?

    Families can enjoy interactive learning at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, get close to marine life at the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium, or explore the outdoors at Usery Mountain Regional Park. The Crayola Experience is also a hit among children, promoting creativity and fun.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Mesa?

    The Apache Trail Scenic Drive is an often recommended day trip from Mesa. You could also explore the nearby city of Scottsdale, or venture further to Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden, both within 32 km. For a unique experience, a visit to the Biosphere 2 science facility is approximately a 2-hour drive away.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Mesa?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Mesa. From over 260 condo rentals to over 2,440 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Mesa?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 2,340 vacation rentals in Mesa featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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