Arizona State University may be Tempe’s claim to fame, but there’s much more going on in this friendly city just south of Phoenix.

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You don’t have to travel far to see many of the best attractions in Tempe. They lay just a hop, a skip, and a jump apart.

Start at Gammage Auditorium. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed center for the performing arts sits on one edge of Arizona State University. Stop in to see Broadway performances, concerts, and more.

Curve down Apache Boulevard, which becomes Mill Avenue, to get a glimpse of one of the nation’s best entertainment districts. There are bars here, sure, but restaurants and retail shops are also neighbors. At the northern end of Mill Avenue’s entertainment offerings you’ll find Tempe Beach Park, the perfect destination for fishing, running, biking, picnics, and events. If you walk the complete loop around the lake, you’re bound to run into another stunning building for the arts: the Tempe Center for the Arts, where performances and visual arts exhibitions fill the bill.

Several bridges cross the lake, offering easy access for the light rail (on a bridge that glows in rainbow colors when the train passes), cars, and pedestrians. If you walk across the pedestrian bridge, imagine seeing hundreds of athletes swimming beneath you – the Ironman Arizona triathlon utilizes the lake for the swimming portion of the competition.

Other events that bring visitors to Tempe include the Fiesta Bowl Block Party on New Year’s Eve, one of the nation’s largest New Year’s Eve parties, as well as the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon and 1/2 Marathon.

Worked up a sweat? Or not, whatever. Head to Four Peaks Brewery, the state’s largest brewery, for an ice-cold beer. Four Peaks is located in a historic, red brick, former creamery that was built in 1892. Bonus: the food is as good as the brews. If you’re here during Cactus League Spring Training, enjoy a cold one while watching Anaheim’s team warm up for the season at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Don’t miss Tempe’s retail offerings. Arizona Mills is one of Arizona’s largest shopping malls and the home of Sea Life Arizona, an aquarium with octopus, sharks, lionfish, rays, and more. And finally, head to the locally owned Changing Hands Bookstore – you might run into an author promoting his or her latest novel.

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Tempe Tourism Office | 222 S. Mill Ave., Ste. 120 | Tempe, AZ | (866) 914-1052 | www.tempetourism.com

County It all started How High? Head Count
Maricopa 1894 1,164ft 161,719

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