Life in Tempe

Tempe Arizona

Tempe is a lively destination. It's not just a suburb of the nation's fifth largest city of Phoenix, Tempe is a happening kinda place. It has spirit and energy. It's where students and families go for enjoyment and entertainment. Historically, Tempe was the site of Hayden's Ferry that transported people, horses and goods across the Salt River. Although bridges now provide access, today Tempe is still the crossroads that separates Phoenix from its East Valley neighbor cities of Chandler, Mesa and beyond. It's a hub of activity. Fun, recreation, fishing, picnicking, sailing, dining, annual festivals, shopping, entertainment and vibrant nightlife.

Home to Arizona State University. With a student body of about 58,000, this is a college town. Students here don't need cars. They walk to Mill Avenue which boasts of over 100 restaurants, nightlife and shopping venues. The campus runs along the edges of Tempe Town Lake which bustles with people sailing, kayaking and fishing. A jogging trail encircles the lake as it meanders around grassy knolls where one can just lay a blanket, relax and enjoy people-watching.

Old town along Mill Avenue. Downtown is pedestrian-friendly where people interact along tree-lined streets and on any given night street entertainers amuse people on the sidewalks. Some are quite talented while others are just silly but it all is worth the giggles. Catch a movie. Shop the boutiques. Hit the avenue after a concert at ASU Gammage. Have a nice quiet dinner or hang at a sports bar. You'll never run out of things to do in the Mill Avenue District.

Annual events galore. There always seem be an event held in Tempe AZ. Festivals like the Tempe Festival of the Arts, the Music Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, Boat Parade of Lights, Fourth of July Celebration Fireworks, and one America.s largest block parties, the Insight Fiesta Bowl New Year's Eve Block Party.

Some Tempe Facts. The population of Tempe is about 175,000 (2008) residents. It covers about 40 square miles. It is bordered by Phoenix on the west, Scottsdale to the north, Chandler on the south and Mesa, Arizona to the east. There are 44 hotels and motels in Tempe with a combined 5,330 rooms.

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