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With no fewer than 330 days of sunshine each year, and a balmy average temperature of 85 Fahrenheit, the welcome you receive isn’t the only thing that’s warm in Tempe. This peaceful suburb of Phoenix receives regular injections of youth and vitality from the new arrivals at Arizona State University, and the city’s bars, stadiums, and concert venues are always alive with energy. Burn off some of your own energy by getting outside and taking on Arizona’s spectacular rusty-red scenery - the baking climate means you’ll always have the sun on your back as you explore.

Things to see

Visit Tempe Botanical Gardens to see some of the spiky green Cacti, purple-petaled flowers, and fluttering orange butterflies that stand up to Arizona’s relentless sun, adding a splash of color to the reaching desert. Or, head out into the wild to see the desert plants and animals in their natural habitats at Tonto National Park and Sonoran Desert National Monument. Whether it’s pine trees rising from sugar-white fields, or cathedral-like sandstone formations - which drop off to gaping gorges - the stage is set for some of Arizona’s best hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Chances are your legs will be a little stiff the next morning, so spend a lazy afternoon lounging on the grass at Tempe Beach Park. Or get the blood pumping with a bike ride around the lake’s circumference - as dragon boats skim through the still water, and brass bands fill the air with trumpeting from the park’s amphitheater.

Hotels in Tempe

Whether you want to stay at a resort spa hotel - where fruity cocktails are whisked to you the instant you raise your hand - or an environmentally responsible eco-hotel, Tempe offers cheap accommodation for every requirement. The heat means a swimming pool is a must, and you’ll really appreciate your hotel’s outdoor patio and sun loungers when you have a little downtime. Many hotels have attached restaurants, where you can try delicious South Western foods like spicy red chili beef, cooked by expert chefs. WiFi, Cable television, and deep baths are widely available in the city’s rooms, while cloud-soft mattresses guarantee that you’ll wake up with a smile on your face each morning.

Where to stay

Staying in Downtown Tempe is ideal if you want to head out on foot to explore the trendy bars along Mill Avenue. Cocktail shakers rattle, and bubbles spew from neon water features all along the street, where you can drink, dance, and socialize until the early hours. If you’re craving a little culture, make a beeline for Tempe Center for the Arts. The building itself is a colorful masterpiece, and its angular reflection lights up the glass-smooth infinity pool that stands beside it. You’ll feel the emotion in every quivering whisper, as you watch a production in the intimate theater. The international airport is also surrounded by hotels, which is ideal if an early flight is on the cards, or you want to be closer to downtown Phoenix.

How to get to Tempe

The huge Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport couldn’t be any closer to Tempe, which makes it unbelievably simple to arrive in Tempe from practically anywhere in the world. Getting around the suburb is an absolute breeze thanks to the Metro system, which conveniently links Tempe with downtown Phoenix and the airport. The nearest Amtrak station is located at Flagstaff, which is served by the Southern Chief. It’s a 2 hour drive, but Amtrak do run connecting vans if you don’t have a car.