The main attractions for visitors east of Phoenix are Tempe's Mill Avenue and Tempe Town Lake. Tempe is the home of Arizona State University's main campus, so expect throngs of college students when school is in session. Tempe Town Lake is a man-made reservoir on the Salt River lined with high-rise buildings on the shore. Boating and fishing are permitted on the lake and nearby Beach Park is popular with cyclists, volleyball players, and joggers. Mill Avenue bars get busy on weekend nights. Twice a year, Mill Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic to accommodate the free Tempe Festival of the Arts, one of the Southwest's largest arts and crafts festivals. Visitors can sample food and beer, hear live music, or purchase work from local artisans.
Getting Around Phoenix
The best way to get around Phoenix is by car. The city covers more than 400 square miles, and though it is possible to navigate the city using public transit, a car is most convenient. Parking is plentiful, with garages and metered spots enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Freeway rush hours are generally between 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Summer rush hours trend 1 1/2-2 hours earlier due to road construction that generally begins when it's dark outside to avoid summer heat.
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport-PHX
Things to Do and See Near Tempe
- Luke Air Force Base
- Sun Devil Stadium
- University of Phoenix Stadium
- US Airways Center
- Phoenix Municipal Stadium
- Camelback Ranch
- Chase Field
- Phoenix Zoo
- Gammage Memorial Auditorium
- Tempe Diablo Stadium