Tempe’s central, hassle-free location is not only easy to get to, but it is also an ideal jumping off point for destinations throughout Arizona. Experience the awe inspiring Grand Canyon. Visit the picture perfect red rocks of Sedona and the pine forests of the Mogollon Rim. Or, see the beautiful Saguaro National Park near Tucson. The choices are endless and the access is incredible from Tempe. Check out our staff picks for day trips from Tempe, including fun destinations like Goldfield Ghost Town and Out of Africa Wildlife Park.
Before visiting one of the state parks below, please go to their website for hours of operation, entry fees and more details. And, for more information about things to do in Arizona, visit the Arizona Office of Tourism website.
Ranked as one of the great natural museums in the world, showcasing Sonoran desert life. Located near Tucson. (106 miles/170 km south) Photo credit: David Jewell
Phone: (520) 883-1380
Meaning “place of metal” or “metal camp.” An ancient 300-room pueblo dating back to A.D. 1225. (78 miles/125 km east)
Phone: (928) 425-0320
The world’s largest controlled environment facility housed in a 3.1 acre glass and steel structure. Tours daily. (109 miles/174 km south) Photo credit: Gill Kenny
Phone: (520) 838-6200
Once an important mining center and the largest city between San Francisco and St. Louis. Take a guided underground tour or visit the mining museum. (205 miles/328 km south) Photo credit: Cochise County Tourism Council
Phone: (520) 432-3554
Nature trails wind through 35 acres, featuring desert plants, Queen Creek and wildlife. (54 miles/86 km south) Photo credit: Jennifer Miller
Phone: (520) 689-2811
Anasazi Ruins, located on the Navajo Indian Reservation. (367 miles/587 km north)
Phone: (928) 674-5507
Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun and celebrate a magical night out at the Carnival of Illusion. This top-rated show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending their "Around the World in 80 Minutes" travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Great for date nights, anniversaries, celebrations and special nights out. Shows take place on select Saturdays at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Mesa Arts Center and Arizona Biltmore Resort.
Constructed nearly 650 years ago by the Hohokam, this ruin features a four-story building with more than 60 prehistoric sites. (46 miles/74 km south)
Phone: (520) 723-3172
Douglas is a destination for hiking, birding and history. This border town is home to the famous Gadsen Hotel, dating back to the turn of the century. (228 miles/367 km south)
Phone: (520) 417-7344
Northern Arizona University, festivals, forest paths, skiing, snow sports and mountain biking give this small town a big-town excitement. (175 miles/280 km north)
Phone: (800) 379-0065
Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun and celebrate a magical night out at the Carnival of Illusion. Great for date nights, anniversaries, celebrations and special nights out.
Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.