Tempe is accommodating. Tempe welcomes travelers to more than 40 hotels, comprising more than 5,000 rooms. Tempe is located in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area, just 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. METRO light rail conveniently connects Tempe to the airport and downtown Phoenix.

Tempe is full of life. Home to Arizona State University, one of the largest in the country, Tempe is a favorite of families, young professionals, students and those with a flair for the creative. Tempe’s signature shopping destinations – Mill Avenue District, Tempe Marketplace, Arizona Mills and IKEA – are entertainment hubs offering theaters, nightlife and family-friendly activities. Tempe has a unique blend of dining options, including everything from all-American burgers and Ethiopian to Mexican and Thai cuisine.

Tempe is sunny. Expect more than 330 days of sunshine a year – perfect for hiking, biking, picnicking and exploring the Sonoran Desert. Favorite outdoor destinations include “A” Mountain, Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park.

Tempe is fun loving. Tempe’s energetic atmosphere is perfect for events such as the Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Festivals of the Arts, Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge, Fiesta Bowl Block Party on New Year’s Eve and dozens more throughout the year.

Tempe is spirited. It is home to many major sporting events year round like ASU athletics, Ford Ironman Arizona, P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, the Insight Bowl and Angels spring training.

Tempe is engaging. Visitors can experience Broadway shows at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed ASU Gammage, which is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. There are more than 20 free museums and galleries at Arizona State University including the Antoine Predock-designed ASU Art Museum. The lakeside Tempe Center for the Arts features theatre, dance and music performances and a free gallery with rotating exhibitions. The new SEA LIFE Arizona, which opened in May 2010 at Arizona Mills, is a themed aquarium providing close encounters with a vast array of sea creatures.

In Tempe, meetings mean business. In addition to conference hotels, Tempe offers a wide array of off-site event venues from the shores of Tempe Town Lake to the beautifully designed Tempe Center for the Arts to the visually stunning Sonoran Desert setting of Papago Park. Tempe is a perfect fit for groups from five to 500.

Unbeatable hospitality, fun activities for all ages, 330 days of sunshine a year and a convenient location make it easy for visitors to “Think Tempe First” for their next vacation or business trip!