Mass transportation?? What's that???
Mesa, like the entire Valley of the Sun, has next-to-nothing in the way of mass transit. If you are going to visit, you must rent a car or befriend a retiree who has nothing to do all day but ferry you around (and there are plenty of those driving around in their late-model Buicks from October through May). Also, the whole city is very spread out so it will take some time to get from place to place. On the bright side, the grid street pattern used in Phoenix is also used in Mesa so you know that you are either going north-south, or east-west. Since the sun is always shining, it's usually easy to figure out which direction you're going! If you are planning on staying in the Valley for very long, you may want to invest in a Thomas Guide - an extremely well-organized map book that shows every darn street and soon-to-be street (much of Arizona is under construction at any time of the year) in the valley.
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
Beware of the snakes when walking around in the desert.
There are many areas in the city and around the area that have desert landscapes for yards and for decorations. This is done to keep water usage down. However, this type of area also provides a perfect place for the desert animals to live.
You WILL find snakes under rocks and in the bushes in and around these areas.
Do not bother the animals and they will not bother you.
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip