Tempe, Arizona is a city in the East Valley of metropolitan Phoenix bordered by Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community. Home to approximately 180,000 residents, this city embraces an active and laid-back atmosphere. Tempe was originally named after the Vale of Tempe, a gorge in northern Greece that lies at the foot of Mount Olympus. Though Tempe, Arizona may not lead to the residence of the Greek Gods, it does boast similar wide rivers, vast green fields, and dramatic scenery reminiscent of the Grecian gorge after which it was named.
The lively Tempe Center for the Arts, located at the southwest edge of the Salt River, is one of the most beautiful venues in the state. With a 600-seat proscenium theatre, a 200-seat studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery, the Center hosts concerts, dance, and comedy shows for locals and visitors to enjoy. A short walk away, tourists can rent paddles and kayaks from one of the several lakeside shops. Out of the valley and slightly up the mountain, centuries-old rock art still stands on Hayden Butte. Among other attractions, Arizona State University is a popular destination to catch a college basketball game. Tempe residents take pride in their community-focused city and the many outdoor activities it has to offer.