Along the central eastern edge of the Valley lies a large residential area spanning 130 square miles known as Mesa. Seemingly hidden behind the reputations of other Valley cities, the town has a population of 440,000, good for third-largest in the state of Arizona. Mesa offers scenic angles on some of the most gorgeous mountain ranges in the state, including the picturesque Red Mountain in the center of the city and the fabled Superstition Mountains just on the outskirts for both viewing and hiking pleasure. History buffs will appreciate the city’s rich historical sites from the old west, as well as early Native American ruins and museums. Entertainment is easy to come by for residents all over the spectrum. Mesa is home to dozens of award-winning golf courses for those hitting the greens, multiple extensive shopping centers for even the most up-to-date fashionista, as well as the world’s largest laser tag arena in Stratum and Golfland Sunsplash for the kids. The area is rich with museums and other intriguing attractions, and the baseball fan will be pleased that both the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs call Mesa home during the March spring training season for the MLB. Tack on premier dining options and an excelling academic reputation, Mesa encapsulates a surprising amount of activity in a place well-fit for families and individuals alike.
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