Tempe is a sizeable city to the east of Phoenix and home to the Tempe University campus. It is well located for a holiday base to explore Arizona.
There is always plenty to see and do around Tempe holiday homes. The Town Lake is the centre for many activities including strolling around the lake. Tennis courts are available at the Kiwanis Park. Visit the museums at the Arizona State University, explore the eclectic Mill Avenue District or have fun in the beautiful Papago Park which is popular for hiking. Shopping is a popular pastime in Tempe to escape the fiercest noonday heat and there are many premier shopping malls to visit such as the Tempe Marketplace, Arizona Mills and the Swedish superstore Ikea for home furnishings. For cultural attractions, Tempe is not short of theatres, from the ASU Gammage which produces Broadway productions to the Tempe Centre for the Arts.
The Sonoran Desert is an excellent destination to explore from your Tempe holiday rental. Several Regional Parks and Preserves are also within easy reach including the Sonoran Desert National Monument. The pine forests of the Mongollan Rim are within easy driving distance for hiking in the forests and picnicking. Take a trip to the Grand Canyon by plane or car, about 236 miles north of Tempe holiday homes to see this amazing natural wonder with its mesas and strangely shaped hoodoos. The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are equally impressive to visit. The Red Rocks of Sedona are similarly breathtaking to the south. The abandoned mining settlement of Jerome now has quaint shops and a historic air in this ghost town with its tourist shops and restaurants.
Holiday rentals in Tempe, Arizona have hot sunny days in summer and warm dry winters. Temperatures in this desert location average 40°C (104°F) in the summer and winters are pleasantly warm with daytime highs of 18°C (64°F). However, temperatures can drop quickly at night to as low as 4°C (39°F) in winter. The area is dry with very little rainfall at any time of year, but slightly more precipitation in August.
Tempe holiday rentals are served by Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport which is about 4 miles away. Tempe is very easy to reach by local taxi or by picking up a hire car from the airport and driving the short distance along the W Rio Salado Parkway. The airport is the largest in Arizona, serving 40 million passengers per year. It is a hub for US airways and an important centre for Southwest Airlines making it very easy to get flights.