Quality Inn Airport
1550 S. 52nd St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 967-3000
Fax: (480) 966-9568
Established in 1978, Rio Salado College is an accredited college that offers flexible and innovative classes designed to fit a diverse range of students. Convenience is the focus here, with multi-media optimally utilized in the distance learning classes. Many classes are offered that start every two weeks, and courses in the FasTrack program may be completed in eight weeks. Many credit hours are transferable to universities. Check out the informative Web page for further information.
This culturally diverse public University is the third largest in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 full- and part-time students on all local campuses. The main educational center is located in Tempe, with satellites in Mesa and northwest Phoenix. In downtown Phoenix you will find another major extension. Quality degree programs are offered here from baccalaureate to doctorate. Awarded the status of Research I Institution in 1994, ASU is recognized as a leading-edge research facility. While you're on campus, check out ASU's Art Museum.
This hidden gem is located in Tempe, a suburban neighborhood of Phoenix. In this historic distillery you can take a tour through the creation process of their hand crafted bourbon, gin and whiskey - all made with locally sourced ingredients. The Arizona Distilling Company is known as being the first distillery to produce liquor in Arizona after the Prohibition era. You can also taste the spirits after the tour, and enjoy the soft lavender tone in the gin and the smooth notes of caramel and vanilla in the bourbon. Arizona Distilling Company is perfect for discovering local history and enjoying some drinks with friends.
This park is in the college community of Tempe, right alongside the tranquil man-made Tempe Town Lake. It features walkways, bridges that traverse the lake and the Tempe Arts Center, which provides various shows throughout the year.
Kids will have an exciting learning experience during a visit to SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium. Located at the Arizona Mills mall, there are 30 displays here that contain over 5,000 sea creatures. Specifically designed with children in mind, this aquarium has interactive touch pools that allows for a hands-on learning session. There is also a 360-degree ocean tunnel, where visitors are surrounded by sea life.
There are many parks in Tempe, however the Tempe Beach Park is the most recent and well-known of all parks in this college town. Locals come here for recreation on the lake, to bike, to have a picnic with family and friends or just to contemplate. There are many attractions nearby, like pontoon bridges, the Tempe Center for the Arts and the Boat Marina. At the marina, you can rent a boat and take a tour of the lake or if you prefer more manual efforts, rent a paddle-boat for two. There is also a special water splash playground that is designed for kids so they can get soaked during the dog-days of summer.
This triple-tiered structure on a cactus-covered hilltop was built in the late 1920s out of granite, stucco and concrete. San Francisco businessman Allesio Carraro had a vision of building exclusive, custom homes around this world-class resort hotel. He lost his dream to a local businessman, A.E. Tovrea, when he unwittingly sold the place a few years later to Della Tovrea, A.E.'s wife. The Tovrea family immediately moved into the vacated property, utilizing it as their family home up until Della's death in 1969. The City of Phoenix purchased the property in 1993.
One of the major attractions in the greater Phoenix area, the Tempe Town Lake is a hit with the locals and tourists looking for a place to cool down and escape the heat. It is actually an artificial lake that occupies the dry bed of the Salt River. The lake has many quiet parks and green spaces around where families can relax and also provides recreational opportunities like fishing and swimming. You can also take a tour around the lake by renting a boat, canoe or paddle-boat.
Greyhound racing is a sure bet for excitement and has entertained countless visitors. Located centrally, it is easily accessed from all parts of the Valley. Enjoy pari-mutuel betting every night, year-round, at 7:30p. Seasoned bettors and newbies alike can participate in the level playing field offered here. The greyhound track keeps a percentage of all bets, win or lose, for managing the wagers.
The Phoenix Zoo offers a plethora of activities for family recreation. Sprawling over 125 acres (50 hectares), this privately-owned leisure facility is a must visit when in the Valley. It is home to over 1,300 exotic species including lions, giraffes, baboons and meerkats. Explore the verdant labyrinth of the Forest of Uco, take a hike along the African Trail, and enjoy a tractor ride at the Harmony Farm. In addition, the interactive programs on offer are both educational and entertaining.
The Original Four Peaks Brewery has the mission to create delightful tasting beers with quality ingredients. Their craft beer are wonderful and full of flavor, make sure you try their seasonal Pumpkin Porter. The food is also great like the salmon b.l.t. - with delicious applewood-smoked bacon. The service is quick and the staff is friendly. You can also take an informational and cultural 40 minute guided tour though their historic creamery building. There you will discover how beer is made from the ingredients, all the way through canning and bottling.
The Kiwanis Park is located in the southern part of the city of Tempe. This popular park is visited by locals and tourists alike, looking for a break from the bustling city center. Spread over an area of 125 acres (50.5 hectares), this park has facilities like baseball fields, basketball courts, a lake, walking trails, tennis courts, and a soccer field. The Kiwanis Park also has a community center, and plays host to community events. Call for more information.