Seniors Head For Tempe

Welcome-to-Tempe-Arizona-e1336453459931This senior has lived in the Valley as it is called (Phoenix area) over the past eight years.  My wife felt that it was time to do a blog on Tempe, our next door neighbor. Around here one says Tempee.

Tempe, also known as Hayden’s Ferry during the territorial time, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona with around 160,000+ inhabitants.

I discovered in writing this blog that Tempe is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece.

Downtown Tempe is where the culture and entertainment action is. Senior visitors will not run out of things to see and do in Tempe.


Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east.

Seniors Visit The Grady Gammage

Tempe is the home of Arizona State University’s oldest and largest “Tempe” campus, with 91,000 students.  Tempe is also home to a host of local popular cultural events and performances at the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium.


Seating 3,000+, the Gammage is considered to be the last public commission of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world.

Another popular performance favorite is The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), one of the finest venues in Arizona and a jewel in the crown of a city known for its support of the arts.

Seniors Mill With Students on Mill Avenue


A favorite haunt for ASU students and yours truly, is the tree lined Mill Avenue District, the epicenter for night life featuring a variety of ethnic restaurants, bars and small shops. American dishes and steakhouses to sushi, Italian and Mediterranean restaurants abound in all directions and are favorites of the ASU student body.

Tempe Town Lake is an engineering marvel that protects the region from flooding, provides recreation, creates jobs and stimulates investment in Tempe. More than 2.7 million people spend time at Town Lake each year. The City of Tempe’s many special events that take place all year long are what make this city fun and unique.


Read about the History of Tempe and note that today, Tempe is well known nationally as the home of the Fiesta Bowl and the Arizona Cardinals.

Head for Tempe in November for the famed IRONMAN Arizona race. Competing in these races are some of the top athletes in the world.

TripAdvisor has over four dozen things for senior visitors to see and do. So when you are in the Valley, make it a point to check out Tempe.  -jeb

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