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Travel Tips

Everything you need for your Tempe vacay

When packing for your trip to Tempe, Arizona don’t forget the essentials: sunscreen, water bottle, walking shoes and a camera. Everything you need to make your trip more comfortable is close by in Tempe. Less than 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Tempe is a great jumping off point for your Arizona adventure. Here are a few tips to help you during both your planning and your visit to Tempe.

Swan boat at Tempe Beach Park



Valley Metro Light Rail Tempe

Getting to and around tempe

Located in the center of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Tempe is easily accessible to and from surrounding areas—such as Scottsdale, downtown Phoenix, and neighboring East Valley cities including Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert.

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Accessibility at Desert Botanical Garden

Tempe is accessible

Tempe strives to be a welcoming destination to everyone. This includes travelers with disabilities. Our public facilities, transportation system, crosswalks and sidewalks are sensitive to the needs of those with disabilities.

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Downtown Tempe Orbit Bus

Public Transportation

Tempe is rapidly expanding its transportation options. From Valley Metro Rail to the free Orbit system to the upcoming street car, Tempe continues to ensure that everyone can move around the city quickly and efficiently.

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Family at ASU

Visiting ASU

Arizona State University Tempe campus is located adjacent to Downtown Tempe and less than 10 minutes from the airport. You can explore the campus on your own or take a tour. The campus is pedestrian friendly and offers several sites of interest.

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Tempe is in the middle of it all

5 miles

to PHX Sky Harbor Airport

10 Miles

to Downtown Phoenix

10 Miles

to Chase Field

6 Miles

to Old Town Scottsdale

2.5 Miles

to Phoenix Zoo

25 Miles

to Cardinal Stadium


STAY HYDRATED: Water is essential no matter where you are in Arizona. When you are out and about, keep a bottle of water handy. You can easily become dehydrated without realizing it. Try to avoid outdoor exercise during the heat of the afternoon and drink at least 2 liters of water a day.

People horseback riding in Arizona desert

TAMING THE SUN: You may have heard the saying ‘it’s a dry heat.’ Surprisingly, Tempe does have a rainy season in spring and the monsoons bring thunderstorms in July and August. But it is mostly sunny in Tempe, Arizona year round. Therefore, be sure to use sunscreen, lip balm and wear a hat while hiking, biking or playing outside.

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