Things to Do Statewide

Tempe’s central location is an ideal starting point for destinations throughout Arizona. Tempe is located in the heart of Metropolitan Phoenix, near the airport and with easy freeway access. 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 Flagstaff and Bearizona, Goldfield Ghost Town, Payson, and the mining towns Globe, Superior and Miami.

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.

Things to Do Statewide Listings

Fort Verde
Fort Verde State Historic Park

Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The fort was a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. (102 miles/164 km north)




Phone: (928) 567-3275

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Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park and Monument

Spectacular colors and breathtaking panoramas at one of the Seven Wonders of the World. (236 miles/378 km north) Photo credit: Larry D. Fellows




Phone: (435) 688-3200

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Hoover Dam

The highest concrete dam in the United States, impounding Lake Mead. (268 miles/429 km north)




Phone: (702) 494-2517

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Jerome Arizona
Jerome

An abandoned mining camp with quaint shops and restaurants lining the cobblestone streets of this “ghost town.” (118 miles/ 189 km north)




Phone: (928) 634-2900

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Kartchner Caverns credit Arizona State Parks
Kartchner Caverns State Park

Stunning, wet, “live” cave in Southeastern Arizona boasts many world-class features that have been protected since the cave was discovered in 1974. (200 miles/320 km south) Photo credit: Arizona State Parks




Phone: (520) 586-2283

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Kitt Peak
Kitt Peak National Observatory

The world’s largest collection of optical research telescopes. (170 miles/272 km south) Photo credit: Rich Machle




Phone: (520) 318-8726

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Lake Havasu City Arizona
Lake Havasu City

Breathtaking shoreline, the London Bridge and small town charm. (200 miles/320 km northwest)




Phone: (800) 242-8278

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Lake Powell
Lake Powell/Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Dam impounds Colorado River water to form scenic Lake Powell. (280 miles/448 km north)




Phone: (888) 896-3829

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Meteor Crater
Meteor Crater

The crater is 4,150 feet from rim to rim, 570 feet deep and more than three miles in circumference. 40 miles east of Flagstaff. (195 miles/312 km north)




Phone: (800) 289-5898 (928) 289-2362

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Mission San Xavier del Bac
Mission San Xavier del Bac

Founded in the late 1600s by missionary Father Kino, the “White Dove of the Desert” is the finest portrayal of mission architecture in the U.S. (121 miles/194 km south) Photo credit: Gill Kenny




Phone: (520) 294-2624

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