Hotel Tempe/Phoenix Airport InnSuites Hotel & Suites
Tourist Information – Tempe/Phoenix’s East Valley Arizona
Our Arizona accommodations are the perfect start to your exploration of Phoenix – you’ll feel like you are staying in a Tempe resort! The Phoenix area’s elevation is 1,117 feet and is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. It is a sprawling metropolitan desert area that extends from trendy Scottsdale in the northeast, to Glendale and numerous expanding towns in the west. In the heart of the Greater Phoenix area is Tempe, high action university town-home to Arizona State University. To the east lie cities including Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Mesa. Desert mountains surround the area, creating “The Valley of the Sun.” There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Tempe/Phoenix.
The Phoenix Convention Center offers more than 900,000 square feet of meeting and event space and more than two million in total square footage, making it one of the top 20 convention venues in the United States. The 24-acre Phoenix Convention Center, in the heart of Copper Square, has been hosting national and regional conventions and trade shows as well as consumer events and theatrical productions since it opened in 1972. And, as Phoenix has undergone tremendous growth through the years by attracting high-technology businesses, transplants from other states, and an increase in tourism, so has the Phoenix Convention Center. In the mid-90s the Phoenix Convention Center embarked on an ambitious $32 million renovation project to update and enhance its image and keep the facility competitive for convention and trade show business. The massive interior and exterior refurbishing included the addition of 60,000 square feet of shaded patio area including a 15,000 square foot tent and flanking galleries on elegant Symphony Hall Terrace. An additional $1.5 million interior renovation incorporated Southwest accent colors including burgundy, sage, and muted tones of slate and gold. The unique carpet pattern represents the city’s vibrant growth, with a digitized pattern incorporating a distinctive aerial view of downtown Phoenix.
Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau
400 E. Van Buren Street, Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Ph (877) CALLPHX
Enjoy the sun-filled days and starlit evenings of Phoenix. You ‘ll find everything from world-class dining to exhilarating adventure, trendy shopping, modern nightlife and enriching culture.
909 E. Apache Blvd
P.O. Box 28500
Tempe AZ, 85285-8500
Ph (480) 967-7891
Fax (480) 966-5365
5757 North Central Avenue
Ph: (602) 707-5757
8620 North 7th Street
Ph: (602) 944-3375
745 East Maryland Avenue #120
Ph: (602) 265-8888
3229 East Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Ph (800) NEXTCARE
925 West Baseline Road
Tempe, AZ 85283
1424 West Baseline Road
Tempe, Arizona 85283
1500 S. Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
Ph (480) 784-5500
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
Ph (480) 512-3000
1930 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Ph (602) 532-1000
1919 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Ph (602) 546-1000, Toll Free: (888) 908-5437 (KIDS)
• Visitors Medical Clinic making hotel calls
Ph (480) 947-2409
Arizona State Fair
There will be something for everyone in the family at the Arizona Fair this year. Numerous food booths will be there to get your carnival cravings. Musical guests Alabama Shakes, Billy Currington, The Wanted, Trace Adkins, ZZ Top, and more will be performing. With Native Spirit Dancers, the Great American Petting Zoo, and the Great American Duck Race, there will always be attractions for the family. Visit the State Fair website for an attraction schedule and further details.
Hours: Wednesday – Friday 12 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission: Adult- $10 Child (ages 5-13)- $5 Senior (ages 55+)- $5 Children under 5- Free
Arizona Expositon and State Fair Grounds
1826 W. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ. 85007
Oct. 10, 2014 until Nov. 12, 2014
Greater Phoenix Greek Festival
This festival is an opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece. In addition to the authentically prepared Greek cuisine, you can sample some imported Greek wine, beer and, of course, ouzo and the Greek classic Metaxa. Additionally, the nationally recognized community dancers, in traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece will be performing throughout the weekend.
Hours: Friday 5 pm – 10 pm; Saturday 11 am – 10 pm; Sunday 11 am – 8 pm
Admission: $3.00 for entire day; Children under 12 free every day; Seniors over 60 are $2.00 on Saturday from 11:00am-3:00pm
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1973 E. Maryland Ave
Phoenix, AZ. 85016
Oct. 11, 2014 until Oct. 13, 2014
Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
Come out and enjoy Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake this year. There will be 15 kinds of German beer, authentic German food, wine gardens, Daschund racing, Kinderfest KidsZone, music and much more.
Hours: Fri: 5pm-12am, Sat: 10am-12am, Sun: 10am- 6pm .
Admission: Free Admission
Tempe Beach Park
80 W Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ. 85281
Oct. 11, 2014 until Oct. 13, 2014
Rainbows Festival and Street Fair
Phoenix Pride is now the proud owner and producer of the “Arizona’s Premier Street Fair”, the annual Rainbows Festival. The annual Rainbows Festival and Street Fair is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ community. The event is located in historic Heritage Square Park in downtown Phoenix. Each year, the Rainbows Festival draws a crowd in excess of 12,000 friends, families and allies. Rainbows Festival is the 2nd largest LGBTQ event in the state of Arizona, only 2nd to the Phoenix Pride Festival.
The annual Rainbows Festival is a free event open to the public. We host nearly 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event. Rainbows Festival is the new home of OUTdayPHX, a Celebration of National Coming OUT Day!
Heritage Square Park
115 North 6th Street
Phoenix, AZ. 85004
Oct. 19, 2014 until Oct. 20, 2014
NASCAR Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500
Four days of high-speed racing and related events will take place Phoenix International Raceway. See website for a list of scheduled events and more details.
Phoenix International Raceway
7602 S. Avondale Blvd.
Avondale, AZ. 85323
Nov. 06, 2014 until Nov. 09, 2014
ArtFest of Scottsdale
The annual ArtFest of Scottsdale is one of the valley’s most popular holiday traditions. Downtown Scottsdale features 200 artists from across the country where you can find that one of a kind gift just in time for the holidays. Visitors will enjoy fine art, fine crafts, local authors (located in the “Book Street” section), live music throughout the festival, taste tempting foods in a beautiful sculpture garden setting. Other amenities include hands on kids activities, Scottsdale art museum, great restaurants, plenty of close parking and uniq
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Free Parking, Free Admission
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
7380 E. 2nd Street
75th St. and Indian School Rd
Scottsdale, AZ. 85251
Nov. 22, 2014 until Nov. 23, 2014
When the sun goes down and the animals go to sleep, the Phoenix Zoo magically transforms into one of the largest holiday lighting events in the Southwest with 3.7 million lights and more than 700 light displays.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 6 p.m.-Midnight
455 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ. 85004
Nov. 28, 2014 until Jan. 12, 2015
Tempe/Phoenix Arizona Attractions & Activities
Get ready for a day of fun and adventure!
Hotel Tempe is the perfect gateway to the exciting array of attractions and activities in the Tempe/Phoenix/Scottsdale area.
Enjoy hands-on museums including Ariozna Science Center and Arizona Challenger Space Center.
Take in a game of golf or watching an ASU Sun Devils game.
Hotel Tempe places you just minutes from the area’s most celebrated sights.
Enjoy quick access to nearly every museum, tempe business, shopping venue, and park imaginable.
Looking for a fun adventure?
Allow the front desk to arrange a day of desert exploration or hot–air ballooning. Enjoy a unique Sonoran Desert, a nearby saguaro cactus or breath-taking sunset.
Tempe/Phoenix Arizona Museums
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Ph (602) 257-1222
Phoenix Art Museum was founded in 1949 and opened in 1959. It is a private not-for-profit organization that evolved from its predecessors, Phoenix Art Center and the Phoenix Fine Arts Association. In 1996, Phoenix Art Museum celebrated the conclusion of an extensive $25 million expansion and renovation which more than doubled its size. At over 160,000 square feet, it is one of the largest general visual arts institutions in the Southwest.
Arizona Science Center
600 E Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Ph (602) 716-2000
Fax (602) 716-2099
The Arizona Science Center offers hands-on, eye-opening fun with more than 300 interactive exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, five-story giant-screen theater, live demonstrations, and traveling exhibitions.
Phoenix Children’s Museum
215 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
Acting on the principle that learning is a joy, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s mission is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.
Challenger Space Center Museum
21170 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382
The Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning environment where schoolchildren, families, senior citizens, corporate teams and others fly simulated space flight missions where they become flight crews, mission controllers and scientists.
Phoenix Museum of History
105 N 5th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
The Phoenix Museum of History is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the early history of Phoenix. Visitors of all ages enjoy interactive and educational exhibits showcasing Phoenix’s metamorphosis from a dusty desert town to a modern metropolis. Now in its seventh decade, the museum continues to receive recognition and appreciation for its contribution to the cultural life of Phoenix.
2301 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
For nearly 75 years, the Heard Museum has been a Phoenix landmark, a place where visitors from across the globe come to learn about the region’s Native cultures and art. With every exhibit the Heard presents, education plays a major role throughout the planning process. Unlike many museums that show “objects on a shelf” the Heard strives to present voices and perceptions of the people who made the work on display, and Native American consultants play a vital role in the development of every exhibition.
Tempe/Phoenix Arizona Zoo
Phoenix Arizona Zoo & Botanical Garden
455 N Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Ph (602) 273-1341
Visit the beautiful Phoenix Zoo, home to over 1,200 animals. Centrally located in the Phoenix metro area, the Phoenix Zoo offers an exciting array of animal exhibits, unique special events, educational programs and outdoor recreational activities for people of all ages.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Ph (480) 941-1217
Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. This one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world.
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
16501 W. Northern Avenue
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Located along the western edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area in Litchfield Park, the Wildlife World Zoo is home to Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals with over 3000 animals representing nearly 600 species. The all-new Wildlife World Aquarium’s campus-like design is unique with some 75 indoor exhibits featuring fish, mammals, birds, invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
3505 West Highway 260
Camp Verde AZ 86322
Ph (928) 567-2840
See over 400 animals from all over the world!
Lions, Tigers, Giraffe, Rhinoceros, Black Bear, Camel, Ostrich, Cobras, Zebra, Exotic Birds, Tortoise, Wildebeest, Jaguar, Leopards, Wolves, Hyenas and more!
Tempe/Phoenix Arizona Casinos
Find your lucky streak in one of the Phoenix Valley of the Sun’s Casinos!
15406 Maricopa Road
Maricopa, AZ 85239
Ph (800) 427-7247
9700 E. Indian Bend
Scottsdale, Arizona 85256
Ph (480) 850-7777
Gila River Casino
5550 W Wild Horse Pass Rd
Chandler, AZ 85226
Ph (800) 946-4452
Home to 750 hot slots, live poker, blackjack and keno, high-stakes bingo hall as well as a restaurant with buffet, two delis, and a gift shop.
Tempe/Phoenix AZ Theatres
5000 Arizona Mills Circle # 667
Tempe, AZ 85282
Ph (480) 897-1453
Treat your senses to the most powerful and involving movie experience yet created. The academy award winning IMAX technology brings images to life like no other. Experience an arm chair adventure that will take your breath away…literally!
ASU Gammage Theatre
1200 South Forest Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287-0105
Ph (480) 965.3434
ASU Gammage seats over 3000 and is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world and home theatre of the M&I Bank Broadway Across America – Arizona and The New Times Beyond Broadway Series. One of the last designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, ASU Gammage is named for Dr. Grady Gammage, President of ASU from 1933 to 1959.
203 West Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Ph (602) 534-5600
The 1,364-seat Orpheum audience chamber, now has 1,062 seats on orchestra level, and 302 in the balcony.
400 W Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Ph (602) 379-2888
The Dodge Theatre is a state of the art entertainment venue designed specifically for concerts, Broadway shows, family stage shows, boxing, and convention meetings. Seating varies from 1,900 to 5,500.
440 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Ph (602) 267-1600
For a great time, Celebrity Theatre is the only place in town to catch a concert, play or special event and no seat is farther than 75 feet from the stage!! One of the theatre’s most notable features is its signature revolving center stage.
P.O. Box 517
Tempe, AZ 85280
Ph (480) 921-5700
Childsplay, Arizona’s Professional Theater for Young Audiences and Families. Childsplay is an award-winning professional theatre company for young audiences and families. Based in Tempe, Arizona, since 1977, Childsplay has achieved a national reputation in the field
Tempe/Phoenix AZ Day Trips
If you thought the Tempe/Phoenix Valley of the Sun was surrounded by flat, sandy desert, you are in for a surprise.
True, there is a desert here, but it is a lush desert where tall saguaro cacti tower over mesquite, ironwood, creosote, and many smaller cacti that bear vibrant blooms.
Hills and mountains break the view, and distant mountains promise cool forests of ponderosa pines.
Arizona’s landscape is varied and beautiful, and you can see a lot of it in a series of day trips out of Phoenix.
Some popular day trips include: Prescott, Payson, Jerome, Sedona, Flagstaff, Tucson, Tombstone and Mexico.
Hotel Tempe/Phoenix Airport InnSuites Hotel & Suites is a perfect gateway to visiting The Grand Canyon.
Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year.
Most of them see it from their car at overlooks along the South Rim (this includes Grand Canyon Village, Hermits Rest, and Desert View).
The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year.
A much smaller number of people see the Canyon from the North Rim, which lies just 10 miles / 16 km (as the condor flies) directly across the Canyon from the South Rim.
The North Rim rises a thousand feet higher than the South Rim, and is much less accessible.
Heavy snows close the road to the North Rim from late October to mid May of each year.
Even in good weather it’s harder to get to. It is 220 miles / 354 km by car from the South Rim, or 21 miles / 34 km by foot across the Canyon by way of the North and South Kaibab Trails.
The Inner Canyon includes everything below the rim and is seen mainly by hikers, mule riders, or river runners.
There are many opportunities here for adventurous and hardy persons who want to backpack, ride a mule to Phantom Ranch, or take a river trip through the Canyon on the Colorado River (which can take anywhere from a few days to three weeks – there are no one-day river trips through Grand Canyon).
For information on planning your visit, go to www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit
Hotel Tempe/Phoenix Airport InnSuites Hotel & Suites is a perfect gateway to visiting Sedona, Arizona.
Approximately 2 hours from Phoenix lies the town of Sedona–located in north central Arizona.
Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
This picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain.
At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is wildly wonderful.
Natural endowments aside, you’ll also find a very good variety of dining to keep you satisfied.
Kick back and enjoy the beauty that Sedona offers.
Hotel Tempe/Phoenix Airport InnSuites Hotel & Suites is a perfect gateway to Southern Arizona.
Southern Arizona offers many fun and exciting places to visit including Tucson, Tombstone and Mexico.
Only 2 hours south of Phoenix, Tucson is surrounded by majestic saguaro forests and dramatic mountain peaks.
Tucson blends the beauty of the natural world with the excitement and amenities of a thriving city.
Enjoy outdoor adventures, unparalleled golf, unique Southwestern cuisine, exploring the arts and attractions, and much more on your getaway in Tucson.
Some of Tucson’s most notable events include: Tucson Gem Show, Tucson Rodeo, El Tour de Tucson and International Mariachi Conference.
Driving about one hour southeast of Tucson is Tombstone, Arizona. “The Town Too Tough to Die” has a vast array of attractions and points of interest for all ages. There are many places to eat, drink, and sleep in town, as well.
Several of the saloons in town offer live music on weekends, and most can accommodate dancing.
There are a number of gunfight shows in town, stagecoach and wagon tours, and a city park.
If you’re interested in shopping, Tombstone has a wealth of unique shops and services available to you.
Driving about one hour south of Tucson is Nogales, Arizona which also borders Mexico.
Just across the border from Nogales, Arizona, the two cities share the same name but the cultures have evolved separately.
Fill your trip to Mexico with its traditions, wonderful shopping and great food.
Take the time to enjoy the restaurants-La Roca and El Greco are a couple of local haunts but there are many terrific restaurants to choose from.
Walking is a popular way to cross the border and Nogales, AZ has many guarded parking lots close to the port-of-entry.
The cost to park your vehicle all day is very reasonable, generally under $4.00, and most of the shopping and eating attractions are close to the border and within easy walking distance.
As you enter Mexico, you will see the Flag Island of the Americas, which has banners for all of the Mexican states-Nogales is in the state of Sonora.
Turn right at Campillo Street and walk down three blocks to Obregon Street-now you can shop, browse, explore and enjoy the people, places, sights, and sounds of Mexico.
If your love is pottery, glassware, furniture, baskets, rugs, leather, or jewelry you will, if you look, find unique and beautiful pieces at reasonable cost.
A local business where you can find all of these items is El Sarape located on Calle Obregon, you can contact them at 011-52-631-312-0309.
Prices at the shops are not fixed so prepare to enjoy bargaining-negotiate a price! Business is done in English and American currency is preferred.
Before crossing the border give the U.S. Customs office a call to check for current regulations. The Mexican and U.S. Customs offices are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions (520) 287-1410. You may also call (520) 885-0694 for more information.