When trip-planning in Arizona, most people first think of popular destinations like Scottsdale, Sedona, and Tucson. These areas are beautiful are great for relaxing at a resort, golfing with the guys, or spending the day at a spa. There is more to Arizona than that.

Throughout the state, there are areas that can be considered hidden gems. One must-see area to visit on your next Arizona trip is Tempe.

Tempe is a small city located just east of Phoenix. Known for being the home to Arizona State University, Tempe also lends itself to be a home for art, culture, music, and outdoor activities. Next time you visit the Phoenix or Scottsdale area, dedicate a day on your agenda to exploring Tempe.

Start the Day Off Right

With the desert climate and dry heat in Arizona, it is sometimes best to get your morning exercise in first thing in the morning. While in Tempe, throw on your sneakers and go on a hike. You may hear a local say “I am going up to the A”. What this person is referring to is the 60-foot letter A atop the Hayden Butte. The trail on this butte will lead you to the top, which is 1,495’ in elevation and views of downtown Tempe and the Arizona State University Campus. This activity is .7 miles round trip and good for any skill level.

Head to the Lake

Once you are done with this hike, head down to Tempe Town Lake and jump on a paddleboard or kayak. As you paddle around in the reservoir, you will be greeted with the views of downtown Tempe. It is always a nice treat to get on the water during the dry heat.

Finish the Night with Bites and Libations

Close out your day with dinner, drinks, and a reflection on a fun day! There are many restaurants to choose from in downtown Tempe but if you want a truly regional experience, head to one of Tempe’s craft breweries. One of the popular craft breweries is Four Peaks Brewing Company. While relaxing in the outdoor seating, try the popular brews like the Kilt Lifter and Hop Knot IPA. Pair these brews with bites from the brewery’s menus for an enjoyable meal.


Plan Your Next Trip Soon

These are just a few of the activities available in the Tempe, Arizona area. There are many reasons to come back to Tempe— the arts, culture, festivals, and collegiate sporting events just to name a few.