Feel the warmth of the Arizona sunshine in Tempe this spring. Located in the heart of the metropolitan Phoenix area, Tempe combines a pedestrian-friendly and historic downtown with a blossoming culinary scene, street art and Sonoran Desert outdoor experiences with wide open spaces.
Tempe is a welcoming place with a come-as-you-are attitude that you would expect in a college town. However, you’ll be surprised by Tempe’s unexpected moments. Go kayaking or paddle boarding at Tempe Town Lake, a recreational area that is walking distance from downtown. From any hotel, you’ll find yourself just minutes away from cactus-lined hiking trails at places like “A” Mountain in Downtown Tempe, South Mountain Park and Preserve or Papago Park, a desert preserve just north of the lake. Even though these trails are in the middle of the city, there’s lots of room to get fresh air and feel like you’re in another world. See the city on two wheels from the 215 miles of bike pathways in Tempe that traverse historic neighborhoods, desert paths and the lake front. Just make sure to watch a vibrant, iconic Arizona sunset from one of these outdoor vantage points.
Art can be found everywhere in Tempe. Snap a photo for Instagram in front of one of the many colorful murals located throughout the city. Experience a contemporary art exhibition or take a self-guided public art or architecture tour on the Arizona State University campus.
When most of the country has rain and snow in the forecast, Tempe’s spring temperatures are perfect for dining on outdoor patios. No matter what you’re craving—enchiladas, chicken shawarma, tikka masala or an all-American burger—Tempe offers creative cuisine at affordable price points. You can also take your meal to-go and enjoy a picnic in a scenic park.
Some of Tempe’s most distinctive flavors can be found at local craft breweries and distilleries. The first whiskey made in Arizona since prohibition and the state’s number one selling beer are both produced in Tempe. Also, try a hand-crafted cocktail that’s created with a local spirit or uses regional ingredients like prickly pear, citrus or agave syrup.
If your ideal getaway is a mix of activities from hiking to relaxing poolside at a stylish hotel, you’ll fit right in at Tempe. For more information, visit www.TempeTourism.com.