Tempe was once known as Hayden’s Ferry and was eventually named after the mythical Vale of Tempe in northern Greece. The Greek allusion is fitting for a city that is home to Arizona State University (ASU), which with over 82,000 students is the largest public university by enrollment in the U.S. ASU is also Tempe’s biggest employer. Think of Tempe as an eclectic, vibrant enclave at the heart of the metropolitan Phoenix area that is also conveniently just minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and four major freeways. Tempe allows for easy movement with its free Orbit shuttles to take you around town, as well as light rail options to Phoenix and Mesa and plenty of park and ride stations and buses. Tempe feels on the move!
Urban landscaping has been achieved to fetching effect in the city. The Salt River runs west through the northern part of Tempe, with part of the river dammed in two places to create Tempe Town Lake. Anyone can rent a kayak or paddleboard and enjoy the lake. For outdoorsy residents there are Papago Park and South Mountain Park and Preserve that offer hiking, mountain and road biking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Tempe has been designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community with 175 miles of bikeways and commencing in April 2017 Tempe will have GR:D bikes, with 300 bikes available at 31 stations throughout the city. ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium is a sporting anchor in Tempe that is nationally renowned and been host to amazing sporting events over the years.
There is so much to do in Tempe with places like P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, Tempe Marketplace and Arizona Mills. Mill Ave is a famous Arizona bar district that has several bars and restaurants that cater to the huge university crowd and that is welcome to all. Downtown Tempe offers more than 175 restaurants, nightclubs and retail shops to cater to residents and visitors. Tempe is definitely a place to party with the best of them. On New Year’s Eve, the city hosts the Fiesta Bowl Block Party, one of the nation’s largest New Year’s Eve parties. The event typically has a national band heading a concert, along with several other local and national bands. Tempe also houses great performance venues like the Gammage Auditorium and the lakeside Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), as well as the annual Tempe Festival of the Arts, which takes place in downtown Tempe in the fall and spring.
So, what is the vibe of Tempe? Think of a lifestyle that is collegiate, convenient and full of life. Live Your Vibe in Tempe!