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Tempe Overview


Tempe is the perfect destination to start or end your Arizona adventure. A central location, easy access to major interstates, 10 minutes to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, exciting nightlife, abundant shopping and 5,000 guestrooms all combine to make Tempe a destination of choice.


Tempe, located in the center of the Phoenix metropolitan area, boasts about 330 days of sunshine a year. To take advantage of the great weather, the city created a pedestrian-friendly downtown and amenities for copious outdoor activities. Visit the many parks or enjoy sports such as golfing, rowing, kayaking, or biking on 150 miles of bike trails. Experience a variety of American and ethnic restaurants or the city's first-class special events.

Tempe is an attractive destination for both leisure and business travelers. Over the past year, Tempe consistently enjoys the highest hotel occupancy in the state, according to research by Warnick and Co. and Smith Travel Research.

Part of Tempe's appeal is its convenient location. Tempe is just minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and is accessible by three major freeways. The hotels in the main corridors, located near downtown Tempe and Arizona Mills, are all within five minutes of shopping, dining and entertainment, making them the perfect spot for a getaway.

Tempe Town Lake is the area's premiere spot for regional events, including AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, the Way Out West Oktoberfest, the Desert Sprints Regatta, the New Year's Eve Block Party and the Tempe Music Festival.

Tempe enjoys an influx of tourists during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Football Classic, the Spring and Fall Festivals of the Arts and World Champion Anaheim Angels spring training. Tempe's corporate environment and Arizona State University ensure that a solid base of both conference attendees and individual clients visit often.


Tempe has a kaleidoscope of shopping choices from nationally known department stores to outlets and specialty boutiques. A unique shopping experience awaits you along downtown Tempe's Mill Avenue. This area is filled with gifts, jewelry, souvenirs, clothing, footwear and specialty shops. You can also enjoy a variety of shopping experiences beyond the downtown area. Arizona Mills or, Arizona's largest value-oriented mall, boasts more than 175 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues under one roof. If you're shopping for beautiful, functional items for your home at the lowest possible price, don't miss Arizona's only IKEA located in Southern Tempe.

Tempe's cultural attractions, vibrant downtown, festivals, sporting events, shopping opportunities, Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake, Papago Park and an array of accommodations add up to a great vacation. Tempe's central location provides easy access to the best of Arizona tourist attractions located throughout the state. Indeed Tempe, Arizona is in the middle of it all!