Bustling Mesa has Something for Everyone

(From USA TODAY, Dec. 5, 2015)

Ah, Arizona.

Canada’s unofficial 11th province is a warm-weather perch for snowbirds from around North America and one of the most popular getaway destinations in the Southwest.

Home to cactus, prickly pears, rattlesnakes, the Grand Canyon, roadrunners, Apache trout, the world’s oldest rodeo and the bolo tie, the state is rich in attractions that entertain the cultured, the curious, the wild and untrammeled.

Perhaps the most intriguing destination is Mesa. The Maricopa County gem is a bustling city (larger than the cities of Cleveland, Atlanta and Miami) with a small-town, throwback vibe. It’s characterized by farm-to-table excursions, recreational opportunities that span spectacular mountains, sprawling deserts and sparkling lakes, kitchy ghost towns, modern craft breweries — and hardcore geezers.

wind cave
An early riser enjoys the view over Mesa from the legendary Wind Cave. (Photo: Flash Parker)

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2015/12/05/bustling-mesa-has-something-everyone-especially-snowbirds/76781228/

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