With around 330 sunny days each year, Tempe boasts a superb climate, making it good to visit at any time of the year. March to May is the peak season when the accommodation rates in the city are at their highest and occupancy is at its greatest. Due to high temperatures, June to August is the off season, when flight and accommodation prices drop by as much as 30%. The remaining part of the year is comfortably warm throughout. The popular P.F Chung’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon takes place in the early part of the year, with live concerts along the course. Also around this time you can enjoy the Cactus Bowl, the NCAA college football bowl game.
The city of Tempe, located in the east valley section of metropolitan Phoenix, is a lively and friendly town with a refreshingly offbeat ambience. The home of Arizona State University, Tempe is renowned for its sense of culture, excellent shopping facilities and family-friendly attitude. The Big Surf Waterpark offers a great day out for the whole family. Occupying 20 acres on the northern tip of Tempe, this world class park has the third largest wave pool in the world. Main Event Entertainment is a recreation centre featuring 26 high quality bowling lanes, a high ropes course, laser tag and more than 125 interactive games. If you enjoy outdoor pursuits, then Papago Park boasts nearly 10.5 miles (17 km) of hiking and biking trails along with several attractions and museums, including the Arizona Historical Society Museum. Tempe Town Lake provides a haven for jogging, skating, kayaking, rowing, sailing or simply enjoying a picnic amidst the delightful, family-friendly atmosphere. One of the finest aquariums in the American southwest can be found at Sea Life. Here you can discover more than 5,000 examples of marine creatures, an interactive rock pool and an astonishing 360 degree ocean tunnel. The ASU Art Museum has been called the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona. Tempe Marketplace is a delightful, open air, pedestrian friendly shopping centre with over a hundred retail, dining and entertainment options, along with unique water features and live music every Friday and Saturday night. Tempe is particularly noted for excellent dining, and all tastes are catered for, from regional to international.
Getting around Tempe is accomplished with ease thanks to the Valley Metro, a unified regional transit system incorporating public buses, dial a ride, carpooling and a light rail service. Within the city it’s convenient to use the free Orbit bus service. These small buses connect residential areas with other bus routes, shopping areas and various districts.
The nearest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX), around 7 miles (11 km) away. City public transit bus stops at the airport. Additionally, the free PHX Airport Shuttle, called the PHX Sky Train, takes passengers to light rail and bus stops in central Phoenix, from which the Valley Metro system continues on to Tempe. Taxis are also available at the airport. Rates remain the same for these irrespective of the taxi company and number of passengers and bags.