Enjoy panoramic desert and mountain views in Mesa, which sits on the edge of the Phoenix metro area. Mesa vacation rentals place you a short drive from Phoenix’s exciting attractions and Arizona’s stunning wilderness areas. Explore the Arizona Museum of Natural History, enjoy breathtaking views from the Usery Mountain Recreation Area and watch the Oakland A’s spring training at Hohokam Stadium. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or longer, these neighborhoods enable you to see the best Mesa has to offer. Here are nine of our favorite areas to stay in a vacation rental in Mesa.

1. Downtown Mesa

Stay close to Mesa’s most popular attractions in the Downtown area. This revitalized neighborhood is the hub of social action in the city, so you’re never far from a festival or gathering. Each month, the streets come to live with artists, musicians, and food trucks for 2nd Friday Night Out. During the spring and summer, shop for artisan jewelry and check out the city’s street art at the MACfest Arts and Crafts Festival. If you’re planning to visit downtown Phoenix, there’s no need to deal with traffic; leave your car behind and hop on the convenient light rail that stops downtown.

2. Robson Historic District

Indulge your love of classic 1920s architecture with a beautiful bungalow vacation rental in the Robson Historic District. With its well-maintained vintage homes and a welcoming community vibe, this lovely neighborhood makes a great getaway for families and couples. Head out for a bike ride or a walk to explore the area’s eclectic streets. Check out the nearby Arizona Museum of Natural History or watch a performance at the Mesa Arts Center.

3. Las Sendas

With its location near Usery Mountain, Las Sendas is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Get out for a short hike on the Hawes Loop Trail, or bring your golf clubs and enjoy 18 holes at the Las Sendas Golf Club. When the temperatures rise, head to the nearby Salt River for a day of tubing. For the best views of the valley, look for vacation rentals on the northeastern side of the neighborhood; many local properties are spacious new constructions, so it’s easy to find an option for large groups.

4. Gold Canyon

Enjoy a relaxing mountain getaway in Gold Canyon, which is situated on the far eastern edge of Mesa. Here, low Southwestern-style homes nestle amid cacti and desert flora, surrounded by stunning foothills. Opt for a vacation rental in the far northeastern corner for maximum privacy and the best views. If you’re feeling active, the nearby Hieroglyphic Trail provides close-up views of ancient petroglyphs etched into rocky cliffs. The Lost Goldmine Trail provides classic cactus and mountain photo opportunities; visit early in the day to secure a parking spot at the trailhead.

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5. Red Mountain District Park

Enjoy expansive open space in the middle of the city with a vacation rental near Red Mountain District Park. Start your day with a stroll through the park’s trail system, or practice casting on the community fishing lake. With its multiple shaded playgrounds, this area is a great choice for families. The Red Mountain Freeway runs nearby, so you can get on the road to Phoenix in minutes.

6. West Mesa

Take advantage of the city’s best shopping and entertainment in West Mesa. Spend an afternoon wandering through the open-air Mesa Riverview shopping center, and escape the heat in the onsite restaurants or movie theater. If you’re bringing the kids, head straight for Golfland Sunsplash, where you can enjoy water slides, mini golf, bumper cars and more. A short drive away in Tempe, the family-friendly Big Surf water park is a great place to cool off. For baseball fans, the Hohokam Stadium provides a regular series of games and spring training events.

7. Leisure World

Enjoy world-class golfing in Leisure World, a resort-style development in southeastern Mesa. Vacation rentals in this neighborhood come with a variety of amenities, including tennis courts, golf courses, pools, and gym facilities. Take a yoga class in the morning, explore the woodworking facilities, and tour the neighborhood with a golf cart. Nearby, the Superstition Springs shopping center offers a variety of shops and a two-story carousel.

8. Dobson Ranch

With its restaurants, canals, and golf course, Dobson Ranch packs everything you need into a compact area. This comfortable neighborhood features sprawling homes, many designed in classic Southwestern style. Enjoy sunset walks down quiet streets, or bring your little ones to the all-abilities playground in Dobson Ranch Park. The Dobson Ranch Golf Course features 18 championship holes scattered among mature trees and expansive greens, so you can practice your putting in a true desert oasis.

9. Apache Junction

Explore the Apache Trail with a vacation rental in Apache Junction. Pack a picnic lunch and take the Trail up into the towering Superstition Mountains, where you can swim in Canyon Lake, explore the slot canyons of Tortilla Flat, and check out the historic brick Theodore Roosevelt Dam. If you prefer to stay closer to the valley, enjoy stunning hikes through Lost Dutchman State Park; during the spring, the slopes come to life with fields of vibrant wildflowers.

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