Tempe Arizona is the seventh largest city in the state. It is bordered by Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler and Mesa. The city of Tempe, Arizona was established in the late nineteenth century. It was originally called Hayden's Ferry, until it was renamed by an English traveler who thought it reminded him of the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Although it was at first an agricultural center, Tempe, Arizona is now considered a college town. Arizona State University is located in Tempe. As a result, Tempe, Arizona is home to many college students and faculty. The city also plays host to the Arizona Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl. During their spring training, the Anaheim Angels come to Tempe, Arizona.
Many people taking a Tempe vacation enjoy Mill Street, which is downtown Tempe's main drag. The tree-lined streets are pedestrian friendly. Mill Street is where you can find many of Tempe's most unique shops. While on Mills Street, a visit to the IMAX Theatre is definitely in order.
Your Tempe vacation should also include a visit to Arizona State University's Arboretum, which is the largest urban arboretum in the State of Arizona. You'll find a collection of palm trees, fruit-bearing trees, evergreens and various other tree types.
When you find yourself getting hungry after all of this walking around, you will be glad to know that there are many excellent Tempe restaurants. In fact, some people believe that Tempe restaurants are in themselves a reason to visit the city. For a unique Tempe dining experience, be sure to visit Cereality, which is located in Arizona State University's Memorial Union Building. At Cereality, you pick two brand name cereals and a topping, which are mixed together. You can then add as much milk as you would like.
If you plan to do some shopping at the Ikea on Mills Street, you can eat at the Ikea Restaurant and e. The cuisine is, you guessed it, Swedish! Of course, the Ikea restaurant and Cafe is famous for its Swedish mecafatballs. Perhaps you are looking for a Tempe restaurant that has a bit of elegance. If so, Monti's La Casa Viega is the place to go. Monti's occupies a hacienda that was constructed by Charles Trumbull Hayden, who was the founder of Tempe. The dining rooms are decorated with memorabilia from Arizona's frontier days.
After lunch or dinner, you will definitely want to walk off your meal at the Tempe Town Lake, which is one of Arizona's most popular outdoor destinations. Here, you will find the historic Tempe Beach Park, where you can bike, hike, jog or skate. In the summer, bring your kids to Splash Playground which is located in Tempe Beach Park in Tempe Town Lake. They can cool off under the waterfalls, which turn into streams and canals.
Tempe is perhaps one of the few places in Arizona that can be visited without a car. Bus service is supplied by Valley Metro Transit. Their website has a Tempe map which shows the various bus routes. You may also want to pick up a Tempe map that shows the downtown shopping and restaurant district in detail.