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Navigating the US: Getting Around in Tempe, Arizona

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Getting around in Tempe

Getting around in Tempe: ASU’s Gammage Auditorium  Photo: Wars, Wikimedia

Tempe is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. It serves as a major hub in the Valley Metro light rail transit system and features more than 175 restaurants, nightclubs, and retail shops to cater to city guests. Thanks to a young and student-heavy population, Tempe’s nightlife is unrivaled.

Recommended Modes of Transportation

You could use a car, but we recommend getting around by rail or bus. Tempe offers two free neighborhood circulators called “Orbit” and “Flash,” which takes passengers through neighborhoods to the downtown area and connects to the light rail station at College Avenue. The Valley Metro bus service is extensive and offers reasonable fares.

Major Highways and Roadways to Know

There are several main arteries by which to access Tempe’s attractions, including Interstate 10, Loop 101, Loop 202, and US 60. East Van Buren Street, Mill Avenue Bridge, and College Avenue are also main surface streets to remember.

Alternative Ways of Seeing the City

A very enjoyable way to get around Tempe is by bicycle. The city features bike lanes along many roads and offers a variety of pleasant bike paths in and around parks and scenic locations, which conveniently connect to most urban areas and points of interests. You can also rent electric bicycles from The Urban Commuter.

Getting around in Tempe

Getting around in Tempe: Tempe Town Lake  Photo: deanouellette, Flickr

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Best Places to Park

If you decide to travel by car, you’ll need places to park. Nearly 600 parking meters are available throughout the Mill Avenue District, which can be paid via a cell phone app, change, or credit card. Alternatively, look for ParkiT logos for convenient one hour free parking.

Airports and Car Rentals

Tempe is only 10 minutes away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where taxis, shuttles, and public buses are available for arrivals and departures. You’ll also be able to find various car rental agencies as well as the interesting Uber taxi system.

Hotels and Attractions

There are numerous inns and hotels at which to stay in Tempe, including Hyatt Place Tempe, Comfort Inn & Suites, and Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Activities include visiting the Tempe History Museum, checking out the local delicacies at Munch a Mania or Four Peaks Brewing Company, and experiencing the vibrant nightlife the city has to offer in Arizona Mills.

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