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, minutes from PHX Sky Harbor International Airport. Tempe is easily accessed from the I-10, 202, 101 or U.S. 60 freeways. During your Arizona trip, you can 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 or the amazing Kartchner Caverns in Benson. 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

Tubac credit Fred Hood
Tubac and Tumacacori

The oldest European settlement in Arizona, now known for working artists’ studios and galleries. (165 miles/264 km south) Photo credit: Fred Hood




Phone: (520) 398-2704

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Sabino Canyon in Tucson
Tucson

Arizona’s second largest city, home to the University of Arizona, arts, shopping, sporting events, spas, resorts and outdoor recreation. (100 miles/160 km south) Photo credit: Fred Hood




Phone: (800) 638-8350

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Tuzigoot
Tuzigoot

Apache for “Crooked Water.” Indian ruins built between A.D. 1125 and 1400 by the Sinagua; located near Clarkdale. (115 miles/184 km north)




Phone: (928) 634-5564

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White Mountains
White Mountains

Hundreds of miles of trails, dozens of lakes, and a diverse geography for outdoor activities. (211 miles/338 km north)




Phone: (928) 368-6085

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Wupatki
Wupatki National Monument

Hopi for “Tall House,” the three-story Indian ruins are located 25 miles north of Flagstaff. (180 miles/288 km north)




Phone: (928) 679-2365

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Yuma Arizona Paddlewheeler
Yuma

Located along the Colorado River, Yuma features outdoor recreation, annual festivals and historic attractions. (186 miles/300 km west)




Phone: (800) 293-0071

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