Previously known as Hayden's Ferry, Tempe is home to more than 160,000 people. The city is right in the East Valley of metropolitan Phoenix and is surrounded by the larger cities such as Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale and Mesa. This is where you find the Arizona State University.
And while Tempe has convenient modes of transportation, you will be able to save more time when you get a bus rental in Tempe, Arizona.
Tempe is a college town with a younger population than its neighbors. Because of that, the city has a great nightlife equaled only by Scottsdale. Other than that, there are a lot of things to see and do here.
The ASU Gammage Auditorium regularly has Broadway shows and performances by international and local performers on its stage. However, it is also a must-see if only for its architecture: the theater was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
If you are looking for fun, you would want to go to Big Surf Fun, which has rides for all ages.
There's also GameWorks, where you can play video and arcade games, drink and eat. Plus, you can go to Main Event Entertainment where you could bowl, play billiards and laser tag, try the gravity high ropes, as well as have a go at more than 125 interactive games, delicious food and drinks.
Lastly, you could take a rest from the heat at Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park.
Be sure to see the public art scattered all around the city, including the works of professional artists and students that are installed and displayed in public spaces.
Consider yourself lucky, too, if you are in town in time for the Tempe Festival of the Arts. This festival happens twice every year, usually during March and December. The festival is a huge street fair where you can buy artworks and see arts and crafts from all over the United States.
In Tempe, you could choose from nationally known department stores or specialty boutiques that sell locally made items.
Downtown Tempe also serves as a main shopping area called the Mill Avenue District. You could stay here and enjoy the shops, restaurants, pubs, cafe and other outlets.
Some shopping musts:
If you get hungry, do not worry. Tempe has great restaurants offering everything from Asian, to Middle Eastern, to American, to Mexican and other types of cuisine.
You could easily find a lot of cafes and restaurants in the Mill Avenue District. Some of the restaurants that we recommend:
Popular drinking spots in Tempe include Fat Tuesday, the Mill Cue Club, Caffe Boa, Gordon Biersch, Tavern on Mill and Casey Moore's Oyster House.
A lot of sporting events happen in Tempe, including Ironman Arizona, Soma Triathlon, P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, and Pat's Run.
It is no wonder that Tempe as modern and state-of-the-art sports facilities that include sporting fields, lit tennis courts, and swimming pools.
Visit the Bill and Judy Schaefer Sports Hall of Fame where you could find the great athletes, administrators and coaches who have profound contributions to Sun Devil Athletics.
And of course, there's always golf. Play a great game at Ken McDonald Golf course or the Rolling Hills golf Course.
The Tempe History Museum has exhibits that focus on the history of the city, starting from the prehistoric Hohokam era to today. There are hands-on exhibits, as well as photographs and videos for you to enjoy.
The Petersen House Museum is a Queen Anne Victorian home that was restored recently. This is one of the earliest built homes in the city.
You could also go to the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park where you could find interactive exhibits on the development of the Valley. Guided tours are available.
Lastly, take time to visit the ASU Museum of Anthropology where you could find out more about the origin of the human species and other exhibits on culture, archaeology and society.
In Tempe, you will never run short of choices as far as parks and outdoor activities are concerned.
The Arizona State University has a lot of contributions to Tempe. Its campus is an arboretum that showcases hundreds of trees and plants, all of which are discreetly tagged. This is also where you could see tropical and desert flowers.
Then you have the Tempe Town Lake where you could go boating, biking, jogging and other outdoor activities. Be sure to stay until sunset to get an awesome view of the bridge!
There's also Papago Park that has a lagoon, some picnic areas, hiking trails, and an archaeological site.
As you can see, outdoor activities alone can take up a whole day. So get a bus rental in Tempe, Arizona and get to enjoy more sites and activities!
Visit SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium where you could see more than 5,000 marine animals. Here, you could walk through an ocean tunnel where there are fishes wherever you look!
Visit the Mars Space Flight University at the Arizona State University where you could see exhibits about the Red planet and watch NASA TV.
Tempe also has a world-class spa in Narande Spa at the Marriott Buttes where you could enjoy a relaxing water spa treatment.