If there’s one thing Arizona is best loved for, it’s our gorgeous desert terrain that serves as the perfect backdrop for a road trip. Viewing stunning Arizona sunsets and its picturesque landscape is a coveted privilege by locals and tourists alike, with many photographers and outdoor enthusiasts coming from all over the country for a chance to admire the state’s natural beauty.
To enjoy the state’s features at its full capacity, traveling by car is a must. While Phoenix and its surrounding metropolitan area does have a public transportation system, it is nowhere near an efficient form of travel compared to driving a vehicle.
Step one to enjoying our home state? Get a car.
Take a Drive Through Mesa, AZ
It’s no surprise we are particular fond of Mesa, the third largest city in Arizona and home to many of our staff members and family. When you love cars, you usually love exploring… and lucky for us, Mesa is an incredibly interesting city to explore! Although we’ve been living in Mesa for decades, it never ceases to surprise us with new landmarks and vibrant community.
Because we like our home town so much, we’ve compiled the best places to drive to when you’re starting your road trip in Mesa. Have you been to all these locations?
Check them out the next time you’re exploring the city! After all, discovering a scenic back road via quick detour could be the beginning of your new appreciation of our favorite city.
For the Beginner Traveler
Maybe you’re just looking for a chill afternoon drive to clear your thoughts. Maybe you’re new to Mesa and haven’t yet fully explored this lively city! Whatever the case may be, these driving destinations are comfortably within the city limits, but still showcase Mesa’s beautiful and unique charm.
A diverse hub of entertainment and culture, Downtown Mesa is home to a thriving local art community. Despite being only a square mile, this location is home to Mesa’s growing Permanent Sculpture Collection, which is currently composed of 36 pieces. Take a drive here and see if you can spot every piece of the city’s fine art collection! Which one is your favorite?
You may be surprised to learn that Mesa has its own regional park within its city borders. This beautiful park features RV campgrounds, multiple hiking trails, guided scorpion hunts, and even an archery range – all located in Mesa! Please note that the park hours vary seasonally, so double check their website before planning to drive for a visit. Vehicle entry is $7 unless otherwise stated.
For the Thrill-Seeking Adventurer
Planning a road trip or just want to get out of town? We recommend these trails for those times when you just want to indulge in your wanderlust. If you harbor a love for adventure close to your heart, these should be your go-to destinations!
One can reach the trail by driving out of Mesa eastbound on the US-60, and continuing until reaching the Coronado Trail exit at US-191.
If you’re on the hunt for an adventurous roadtrip, the Coronado Trail may be right up your alley. This windy and narrow road is known for its 460 curves on an uphill climb, with the esteemed recognition for being one of the most elevated mountain roads at over 9000 ft at its highest point.
The start of the Apache Trail can be quickly reached from Mesa by first driving eastbound on the US 60 until reaching the Apache Trail exit.
Although it may be risky to drive at certain parts of the year due to storm conditions, this road features 40 miles of unpaved driving through the Tonto National Forest and Superstition Mountains. A path for thrill seekers, the Apache Trail cannot be driven with especially large vehicles such as RV due to its unpredictable dirt terrain.
The Arizona part of the well-known and iconic Route 66 can be reached from Mesa by taking the AZ-101 north towards Sedona.
Now decommissioned, the route is known for being “America’s Mother Road” and was the primary pathway Americans took when traveling west – most notably during the great Dust Storms of the Great Depression era. Although it is not a usable highway anymore, portions of Route 66 can still be driven through today. It is ingrained in America’s history as a road that embodies the land of opportunity.
Affordable Preowned & Used Cars for Sale in Mesa, AZ
The best way to explore Mesa and its wondrous attractions is by vehicle! USA Auto helps drivers in the Phoenix metropolitan area find affordable used vehicles with highly flexible payment plans. Our A+ rating on Better Business Bureau and our 19 years of business are just a few reasons why we’re one of the most trusted used car dealerships in Mesa, AZ.
Our versatile down payments can go as low as $500 and can accommodate those with history of bad credit, repos, bankruptcy and more.
With customer satisfaction a top priority, we hope to make your vehicle purchasing experience an enjoyable and transparent process!
Our Location & Hours of Operation
Our family-run dealership is centrally located in the heart of Mesa. Our address is 525 W Main St and our hours of operation are as follows:
- Monday – Friday: 9 am to 7 pm
- Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
- Sunday: Closed
Please feel free to take a look at our online inventory for the latest car specials.
- "Thank YOU, USA AUTO!!!! Highly recommended!!! Great deals & service!!!!!" - John U. Mesa, AZ
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