Checking Out Tempe

before-checking-out-of-a-hotelLocated just 12 miles away from Phoenix, Tempe is packed with history, culture, shopping, dining, nightlife, sports and special events. Shady brick sidewalks, turn of the century buildings, historic landmarks, Arizona State University, ‘A’ mountain and Tempe Town Lake all make downtown Tempe an exciting place.

Once a mill and farming town, Tempe is now part of the urban sprawl of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and home to the Arizona State University. The home of the city’s founder, merchant Charles Hayden who set up shop here in 1872, can still be seen on Mill Avenue. The Arizona Historical Society Museum has hands-on displays, films and exhibits including a frontier saloon and general store.

As one of the most popular spots for USA vacations, Tempe offers a wide range of entertainment options that visitors are sure to love. From taking in a Broadway show to watching an NFL game that will have visitors on the edges of their seats, there are certainly plenty to do. Anyone who chooses to take a trip to Tempe, can also choose from more than 75 places to eat, shop at brand name stores, climb a mini-mountain, kayak on a two mile lake, view works of art and stroll under shady trees, all within a one mile radius.

The downtown area is a unique, pedestrian-friendly place to live, work and play. Kids will enjoy the Tempe Beach Park Splash Playground or the pedal boats on Tempe Town Lake. Treat yourself to an NFL Arizona Cardinals game, have a shopping spree at Arizona Mills, hike in picturesque Papago Park or simply lounge by the pool.

Exciting excursions are just a car trip away. Canyon de Chelly National Park and Monument features Anasazi Ruins and is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation, 367 miles north of Tempe. Grand Canyon National Park and Monument is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a must see part of any visit to the USA.