City Spotlight: Tempe

Why visit Tempe, Arizona?

  • An oasis in the middle of the desert, with a lake offering waterfront recreational activities
  • Great museums and cultural attractions, conveniently located on the ASU campus
  • Large shopping centers that will please both bargain hunters and trendy fashionistas
  • Dozens of fun festivals to be enjoyed year-round in the great weather
View of Tempe Arizona

Frontdesk welcomes you to Tempe, AZ! Tempe is located in south-central Arizona, bordered by Phoenix to the west and Scottsdale to the north. Tempe is most well known for being home to the Arizona State University’s main campus. The campus offers great restaurants, nightlife, museums, and galleries that are enjoyed by far more than just students. Besides the campus, Tempe has many other things to enjoy: outdoor recreational activities, shopping, festivals, and great food.

Tempe Vacations

Tempe makes a great spot for a relaxing vacation, whether you need a weekend away or you’re doing a road trip through all the major Arizona hotspots. This southwestern college town is the perfect combination of laid-back and entertaining, with a variety of activities and attractions to enjoy.

Tempe Business Trips

Business travelers typically come to Tempe when they have events or business to conduct at the ASU campus. You also may be doing business in Phoenix, but opting to stay in Tempe where the vibe is a bit more offbeat and relaxed. Whatever the reason, Tempe has lots to do without the overwhelming feeling that some travelers get from larger cities.

What is there to do in Tempe?

Whether you prefer spending time outdoors on the water or at a festival, or indoors visiting top tourist attractions and shopping, Tempe will have something for you to enjoy. The city also has great restaurants and bars, many of which can be enjoyed from outdoor patios! Here are a few of the hotspots we recommend checking out while in Tempe, AZ.

Tempe Town Lake in Arizona

Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake is a 220-acre artificial reservoir, waterfront area, and recreational haven. Located right in downtown, this top attraction is the perfect spot for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating, or picnicking. You can rent electric boats, try paddleboard yoga, or bike alongside the water. Tempe is also an artsy city, so you can even take a self-guided tour of the Tempe Town Lake public art.

Tempe Marketplace in Arizona

Shop Until You Drop

Arizona Mills is the largest shopping center in Arizona with 175 name-brand outlets and value retailers. The mall also features unique entertainment options like Legoland, Sea Life (a 26,000 square foot aquarium), and a movie theater. One of the other top shopping destinations in the area, Tempe Marketplace, is home to more than 100 retailers and restaurants within the 1.3 million-square-foot outdoor retail space.


Tempe is known for hosting great events and festivals, and they do so year-round. The biggest festival in Tempe is the biannual Festival of the Arts (held in the fall and the spring), as well as the Dragon Boat Festival, the Aloha Festival, Oktoberfest, the Innings Festival, and more. View a schedule of city events and festivals here.