Favorite thing: Mesa has been designated a "Playful City USA" again by KaBOOM an organization dedicated to bringing play into kid's lives. Mesa is probably the most kid-friendly city in the valley. Make sure you don't miss the Arizona Museum for Youth in Mesa. It is a Fine Arts Museum designed for kids.
This seemed like a "second thought for the city" The center is located about two blocks from corner of Main & Center streets, and in one the administrative buildings. We went there for information, but it seemed like the employees knew little about what is in the city, and more focused on city admin business. Or, in other words, they took visitors casually and seemed not to care if they helped much, nor were informed
Fondest memory: On center Street, 2 blocks north of Main
Mesa is a very nice town that has more stores than any place I have been to in some time.
It looks like there is one store for every two people in town.
The city has done a very good job of using the local plants for decorating the roads and public areas and keeps the water use down.
Fondest memory: The sunsets seen while we were there were very nice.
Favorite thing: We took a short drive to the Superstition Mountains, just east of the city. The mountains were pretty, and the scenery quite nice, except for that winding road. Ended up getting quite quesy, but I survived. Quaint little tourist attactions along the way and at the end of the road. Yes, you need to turn back and do the winding road again to get back to the city.
Mesa has two wonderful shopping malls. Fiesta Mall is the older one but it is very centrally located. The Superstitions Springs Mall is the newer mall that has that Space age look and often there are live performances in he amphitheater there.
Fondest memory: Mesa is just a nice quiet place and what I miss most when I travel is the quietness and the convienence of the place