Tempe, AZ is one of the cutest little cities bordering Phoenix imaginable. It’s a quirky, fun college town with one of the largest Universities in the country there, Arizona State University. Though they are considered different cities, Tempe is actually closer to the Phoenix airport than some other parts of Phoenix. Other places of interest include Hayden Butte Preserve and the Tempe Historical Museum. There is a SEA LIFE Aquarium and Big Surf Waterpark as well as a Children’s Museum to keep the whole family happy.
Hiking is a huge part of the outdoor recreation in the area with hiking trails and beautiful mountains right near the city center. Other attractions from the Desert Botanical Gardens to Tempe Public art featured throughout the city, Tempe is an artistic and cultural mecca, making it an amazing trip for both rural and urban activities. The Tempe Marketplace is a large open-air shopping center that features over 100 retailers with a huge courtyard in the middle of the district with a stage for musical performances. Sporting events and concerts are popular at the Wells Fargo Arena.
With Tempe Town Lake nearby, boating and water recreation abounds right in the city, making day trips easy and fun for kayakers and boaters. Tempe Beach Park is the perfect place to catch a ballgame near the water while the kids play. An interesting find in Tempe is a unique space called Simply Smashing, where people are invited to vent their frustration and anger by smashing and breaking various objects in a safe, protected environment. From breweries to funky cafes and coffee shops, Tempe feels like a progressive Western city with an eclectic flair. Gorgeous hotels, spas, resorts, golf courses are all highlighted in the breathtaking sunsets that only the southwest can offer.