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Look forward to cultivating and celebrating creativity, filling your closet, and soaking up the sun in Arizona’s third-largest city.
Mesa, Arizona is neighbors to the Tonto National Forest and visitors to this desert oasis take advantage of being incredibly close to one of the nation’s largest playgrounds. Tonto is the fifth largest forest in the United States and one of the most-visited forests in the country. There are three lakes and two rivers in Mesa that allow for desert boating, paddle boarding, kayaking and water skiing.
Art is big here: The Mesa Arts Center is the largest arts and entertainment park in the Southwest, with four theaters, galleries, exhibition rooms, and classrooms that encourage creativity. Wander downtown’s streets to see more than 200 public art sculptures as well as a number of local restaurants and shops.
During Cactus League Spring Training, the Oakland fans head to Hohokam Stadium, while Chicago fans fill Sloan Park. Year round, swipe on some sunscreen and relax on a riverboat cruise through the canyons of the Salt River, hop on a hot air balloon, and hike through the Superstition Mountains as you ponder where the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is—that is if it existed at all.