Tempe, Arizona, is a desert city with so much vibrancy. You can feel it everywhere, from the buzzing bleachers at a football game at Arizona State University, to the colorful galleries at the world-renowned Harry Wood Gallery, to the meandering hiking and biking trails of Papago Park.
You can’t help but be drawn to a community with this kind of character. (We admit: The amazing mountain views help, too.) So we’re thrilled to announce that we’re opening a new luxury hotel downtown in 2017. That’s right — we’re coming for you, Tempe!
The Hotel Scoop
Kimpton’s new arrival will be part of One | Hundred | Mill, a major lifestyle development that’s soon breaking ground. The hotel is being built from the ground up and will have 239 rooms, a 12,000-square-foot conference center, a restaurant and two bars (including one on the rooftop). Trust us — it’s a place you’ll want to spend some time. But not without exploring the sights and sounds of Tempe first.
Because Tempe is home to the largest public university in the U.S., there’s always activity swirling around campus, namely football games at Sun Devil Stadium (cheer for the guys in gold and maroon!). You can also catch a Broadway show on campus in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed ASU Gammage. Or, put on your thinking cap at the Gallery of Scientific Exploration, which has a replica of the Mars rover and 3D astronomy shows.
Culture, The Outdoors & So Much More
Just as Tempe is a launching pad for music talents — fun fact: The Gin Blossoms hail from there — it also inspires up-and-coming artists. See their work at Harry Wood Gallery, which features multimedia pieces by students finishing their MFA degrees at ASU. For performing arts, Tempe Center for the Arts (shown above) has a slew of programs for both children and adults.
Stretch beyond Sun Devil territory and there are many other things to do and see. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium has gallons and gallons of underwater fun for families, including an all-new Octopus Hideout exhibit. (Ever want to take a selfie with a cephy? Now’s your chance.) You can also venture to neighboring Phoenix to the Desert Botanical Garden where you can see native cacti. Or, get active at Papago Park, a desert preserve with nearly 10 miles of hiking and biking trails. For an outdoorsy urban adventure, try kayaking at Tempe Town Lake, a picturesque reservoir that passes through the middle of the city.
Clearly, people go to Tempe to play. But it’s full of worker bees, too. In fact, it’s considered the technology center of Arizona, with several Fortune-500 companies operating there. Chalk it up to that thought-provoking desert air — and adventuresome way of life that inspires everyone to explore, even if you’re in town for a quick visit.
Can’t wait to see you, Tempe!
photos of mountain, TCA & bridge at night: Tim Trumble