Express Yourself in Tempe, Ariz. –

August 7, 2013


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Express Yourself in Tempe, Ariz. 
Tempe, Ariz. – Looking for a friendly and diverse destination? Think Tempe first! Tempe offers a blend of cosmopolitan culture and style, a welcoming spirit, scenic desert beauty and more than 330 days of sunshine every year. A visit to or a click on the LGBT Travelers link on the homepage provides comprehensive trip planning information.

Located in the heart of Metropolitan Phoenix, Tempe is the perfect starting point for any Arizona adventure. Tempe is easily accessible via four freeways and is just 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Tempe is connected to LGBT events and nightlife in downtown Phoenix and the airport via METRO light rail.

Home to Arizona State University (ASU), one of the largest universities in the country, Tempe is youthful and full of life. This progressive and diverse city is known for locally-owned restaurants serving international fare, the pedestrian-friendly Downtown Tempe and Tempe Town Lake. Mill Avenue is home to shops, restaurants and taverns, all within walking distance of ASU and the lake. Tempe Town Lake is the backdrop for special events, triathlons, fun runs and concerts throughout the year and is the perfect spot to see the setting sun.

ASU is the first university nationwide to officially recognize both a gay fraternity, Sigma Phi Beta, and lesbian sorority, Gamma Rho Lambda. The City of Tempe and ASU have also both adopted LGBT nondiscrimination policies.

Tempe’s long history as a university town has created a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and new residents, and has produced a nurturing environment for artistic expression. Tempe’s cultural scene has something to offer all tastes with Broadway shows at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed masterpiece, ASU Gammage, contemporary art exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum, compelling local theater productions and a vibrant live music scene.

Tempe’s energetic vibe and lifestyle is best experienced through one of the exciting annual special events. The Tempe Spring and Fall Festivals of the Arts, the Great Arizona Beer Festival, the spirited Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake and sporting events like Ironman Arizona and P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon are only a few possibilities. Tempe is just minutes from several gay and lesbian annual events, including the Phoenix Pride Parade and Festival, the Arizona Gay Rodeo Association Road Runner Regional Rodeo, and the Saguaro Cup Annual Softball Tournament.

When the sun goes down, Tempe comes alive and shows its true colors. Stop by one of several local breweries and relax with friends, see the big game at a sports bar, get romantic over a candle lit dinner on a cozy outdoor patio, listen to live music or dance the night away at a local hotspot. Depending on the season, you can experience the best local musicians at a Walk-in Wednesdays, an open mic night at the Tempe Center for the Arts, music on Mill, Thursday nights September through May, or concerts in the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden.

If shopping is a must, then Arizona Mills offers the ultimate retail experience with more than 175 popular name-brand stores such as Last Call From Neiman Marcus, H & M and Off 5th Sak’s Fifth Avenue Outlet. Arizona Mills is also the home of several entertainment venues, including GameWorks, Harkins IMAX Theatre and, the SEA LIFE Arizona aquarium. IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, decorates Tempe with its 342,000 square foot store featuring multiple room settings and a Swedish Restaurant and food store. Tempe Marketplace has 1.3 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment, including Dave & Buster’s, the free Night Gallery (a partnership with the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) and live musical performances in “The District” on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tempe offers many opportunities for recreation and outdoor activities. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Sonoran Desert without leaving the city in Papago Park. Located just north of Downtown Tempe, Papago Park is a great place for hiking, mountain biking or picnicking. The park is also home to several attractions, such as The Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden and Arizona Historical Society Museum.

Tempe is the best place to complete your Arizona adventure. For more information, please contact the Tempe Tourism Office at 480-894-8158  or and request a free Visitor’s Guide.


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