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20 things to do in Tempe, AZ in the New Year

Photo Credit: @traveling_newlyweds 2020 is here and we’re all starting a brand-new decade. If that sounds a bit overwhelming to you, we’ve got you covered. Here are 20 things to do in Tempe, Arizona in 2020.   Whether you think you’ve done it all in Tempe or are just skimming the surface of all the wonderful things Tempe has to offer, we’re here […]

4 Reasons to Register for Pat’s Run in Tempe

One of my favorite annual events is just around the corner: Pat’s Run on April 26 in Tempe. If you’ve participated in this race once, I’m sure that you’re already registered. It is hard to believe that this will be the 10th year for this event. Pat’s Run is the perfect way to finish the […]

5K Walks in Tempe This Fall

Time to grab your walking shoes! Get fit for the approaching holidays while supporting an amazing organizations in the process by participating in a 5K walk! There are several fun 5K walks taking place in Tempe this fall. Check out this great list of 5K walks in Tempe taking place through November. Running Scared – […]

7 Tempe Springtime Activities for Kids

Looking for something fun to do with your kiddos while in Tempe this spring? From a day at the zoo to a relaxing farmer’s market and outdoor festival, there are plenty of fun options for all ages. Here’s a short list of some of my favorite things to do in Tempe for a fun-filled day out with […]

Arizona’s most iconic lakes are right in Tempe’s backyard!

There is nothing that captivates me more than a majestic sunset reflecting off the water of one of the many lakes Arizona has to offer. It just so happens that Tempe has some of the most iconic lakes right in its backyard! Check out these lakes that are in close proximity to Tempe. Located between […]

Big Surf Waterpark is big summer fun

Summer is almost here and if you live in the greater Phoenix area, you know what that means: you’ll be spending many of your weekends at Big Surf Waterpark, which officially opens for the new summer season on Saturday, May 9. Find information about hours of operation and seasonal passes here. On Big Surf’s deal […]

Bring your pet to these dog friendly places in Tempe

It’s a ruff life being a pet owner. Not only do you have to sometimes leave them at home alone while you’re at work, but sometimes it can be im-paws-ible to find pet-friendly places to bring them on the weekends. Lucky for those visit Tempe, Arizona, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and even shopping […]

Day Trip from Tempe: Antelope Canyon

They say it’s not the destination, but the journey that makes the trip worthwhile. If you’re like me, that’s not so true. Sometimes you just want to get to the destination and not deal with all the trouble of traveling. DETOURS of Arizona is the perfect option for people like me! For my two co-workers […]

Day Trip from Tempe: Cave Creek

I’ve lived in Arizona my whole life and there are so many places to explore in my home state. Cave Creek is one place that I remember well from childhood, but I hadn’t visited with my husband and my daughter. I’ve been married for 12 years and my daughter is eight years old. A visit […]

Day Trip From Tempe: Payson

My husband and I recently took a day trip to Payson with our two toddlers for a day of outdoor fun. And what fun we had! Pine trees, open spaces, funky restaurants and majestic mountains – just an hour and a half drive from Tempe.  Being a small town, the Payson area is really easy to navigate, and […]

Day trip from Tempe: Salt River Rafting

Craving an adventure? How about rafting down the Salt River? Just a 2 1/2 hour drive from Tempe, you can have this adventure for yourself! Me two co-workers took a day trip from Tempe to the Salt River recently, and loved it. We started our day in Tempe having coffee and muffins at local coffee […]

Day Trip From Tempe: Superior, Miami & Globe, Arizona

My dad was born in 1927 in a small mining town called Chrysotile, Arizona. It is now a ghost town perched in the rugged Salt River Valley between present day Globe and the Salt River. Because of this, I have always been fascinated with these old boom to bust towns because they have an interesting […]

Day Trips from Tempe: Apache Trail Loop

It’s a Tuesday morning, which would normally be a work day. But not today; today we’re on vacation! Since we have two little ones under the age of three, we wanted to go somewhere close enough to Tempe that it wouldn’t be too exhausting for them, but also something far enough away that we got to […]

Day Trips from Tempe: Flagstaff and Bearizona

When someone thinks of Arizona, images of saguaro cactus and other iconic desert landscapes usually spring to mind. They probably don’t think about pine trees and mountains. But, they should. One of my favorite places to go with my family is Flagstaff, Arizona. The scenery is completely different, the temperatures are cooler than metro Phoenix […]

Day trips from Tempe: Florence, AZ

If you’ve lived in Arizona for a while, you most likely know that Florence, AZ is the home of one of the state prisons…but it’s so much more than that. When I invited three friends to join me on a jaunt to Florence, they understandably looked puzzled.  I explained that my main reason was a […]