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( Mesa Arts Center )
Distance: 391 miles one-way
Just a few miles southeast of Phoenix, Mesa offers central Arizona sunshine, cactus blossoms and Cactus League spring training (the Chicago Cubs are Mesa-based) for considerably less than the area's more famous precincts.
The average nightly rate at Mesa's 10 most popular hotels was $130, based on late February figures at Tripadvisor.com. The comparable figure for Phoenix was $252, and for Scottsdale, $359. Even in the Mesa-adjacent city of Tempe (springtime home of the Angels), Tripadvisor's "most popular" lodgings cost $167. Rates in Glendale, the Dodgers' getaway site northwest of Phoenix, averaged $189.
-- Don Shirley
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Pictured: The Mesa Arts Center