The Great Outdoors of Tempe

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A vibrant urban oasis in Metropolitan Phoenix, Tempe exudes its own personality. Refreshingly offbeat, Tempe’s a fun town that hosts family-friendly festivals, welcomes outdoor activities and is the proud home of Arizona State University. Tempe cares about the community, stresses an active lifestyle and emphasizes a laid-back atmosphere. Here, you’ll find the sports you love, the shopping you crave, the culture you enjoy, the food you’ll want to share and art, architecture and scenery that are perfect for your next post on Instagram. What to Do in Tempe In Tempe you can focus on exploring the great outdoors and staying fit at the same time. You’ll love discovering all the trails to hike, mountains to climb, bike paths to pedal and a lake to paddle, all against a backdrop of beautiful desert vistas. You don’t need to go far because all of Tempe’s outdoor recreation opportunities are easy to reach and many are right in downtown Tempe. Arizona’s known for its dry summer heat and that’s how we like it. There’s no need to go into summer hibernation. We know that our walks, runs and bike rides are best enjoyed in the early morning or evening. We’re sure to set out, slathered in sunscreen with a hat or visor, sunglasses and plenty of refreshing H2O to drink on the go. We also take advantage of the fun evening programs offered by some of our attractions. Go Hiking Explore the trails of the Sonoran Desert at Papago Park, on foot or with a mountain bike. Trails will challenge everyone, from novices to adventure seekers. Choose one of the seemingly endless trail possibilities at South Mountain Park and Preserve. With more than 16,000 acres, the largest municipal park in the country is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Take an…

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Things to Do in Mesa

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Look forward to cultivating and celebrating creativity, filling your closet, and soaking up the sun in Arizona’s third-largest city. In Mesa, our bountiful harvest is one that we proudly share with our visitors throughout the year. Here, fresh experiences and a treasured heritage of family farms and long-standing festivals combine to create the Fresh Foodie Trail®. Serving as the culinary gateway to Greater Phoenix, the neighboring farms and Agritourism attractions in and around Mesa provide a continuous bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy. These popular foodie-driven experiences keep visitors coming back for more and can only be found in City Limitless®. Download the Arizona Agritourism Guide to see the stops along the trail and plan your tour now. Mesa, Arizona is neighbors to the Tonto National Forest and visitors to this desert oasis take advantage of being incredibly close to one of the nation’s largest playgrounds. Tonto is the fifth largest forest in the United States and one of the most-visited forests in the country. There are three lakes and two rivers in Mesa that allow for desert boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, and water skiing. Head to the Outdoor Exploration itinerary and Adventure Explorer Desert Guide to learn about the new interactive Geo Tagging experience, where visitors can collect stickers that honor their quest throughout Mesa’s Sonoran Desert trails. Art is big here: The Mesa Arts Center is the largest arts and entertainment park in the Southwest, with four theaters, galleries, exhibition rooms, and classrooms that encourage creativity. Wander downtown’s streets to see more than 200 public art sculptures as well as a number of local restaurants and shops. Bikers rumble through downtown the first Friday night of every month for Motorcycles on Main, and pedestrians browse the shops the next week during the monthly Second Fridays event. Don’t…

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