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The city of Mesa is just moments away from the state capital, Phoenix. It sits between that vast city and the enchanting hills of the Tonto National Forest. Combine an enlightening city break with an escape into the outdoors. Ride a tube down the Salt River, hike through the Superstition Mountains, or browse the exhibits of the Arizona Museum of Natural History.

To make the most of your time in Mesa, rent a car through Orbitz. This will allow you to travel from the urban hub of downtown Mesa to the sights in the hills, lakes, forests and mountains beyond the city limits.

Mesa and beyond: Desert destinations by car

Mesa places you in the middle of a breathtaking desert landscape, near cities and natural attractions that show off the best of life in Arizona. Drive your rental car to one of these three destinations.


Arizona’s capital city is packed with desert-themed attractions. The Heard Museum is one of the highlights, charting the history of the Native American people who shaped the landscape and first lived here. Wander through the Desert Botanical Garden to learn about the plants that somehow thrive in these hot, dry environments.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 15 miles


The desert city of Tucson is surrounded by spectacular landscapes. The desert of Saguaro National Park, covered in the spiky saguaro cacti, is exhilarating to explore – just take plenty of water. Roam through the city center to find a lively artistic and foodie culture. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an essential stop for families, culture vultures and nature lovers.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 45 minutes

Distance: Approximately 115 miles

Grand Canyon National Park

If you’re willing to take a long drive, then it’s worth the trip to the Grand Canyon, one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the US. Bring your camera for the moment when you step out onto the viewing platform and gaze at the vast expanse of red rock, worn away by the still-thundering Colorado River. The drive there will take you through the Tonto and Coconino National Forests, before you reach the popular South Rim.

Journey time: Around 3 hours 45 minutes

Distance: Approximately 240 miles