Explore, immerse and discover. With Destination Discovery, you’ll experience our unique destination from a local’s perspective. Whether you have an hour, an afternoon, or a day, Destination Discovery will provide you with insider recommendations for authentically-inspired local experiences, no matter how much or how little time you have available. Discover our Destination!
There are spectacular mountains to hike that will reward you with incredible sights of the Phoenix Metro area. One of those mountains is Hayden Butte, located in our own backyard at Tempe Mission Palms. Hiking up this steep mountain only takes about 20 minutes and provides unparalleled views of our city. If a flat hike is more your speed, head to Tempe Town Lake for a refreshing walk; the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the 300+ days of sunshine in Tempe!
Tempe Mission Palms is within walking distance to Tempe Town Lake, where you can take a lesson in SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding), rent a paddle boat, or become one of the 2,000 rowers to use Tempe Town Lake each year! For a fun family activity, the Salt River provides a great setting for relaxing on a rental tube and viewing the beautiful desert landscape while floating by. For that “Bucket List” opportunity, take a few days to experience a rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Tempe provides access to so many unique experiences that are only a day trip away. View the world famous Red Rocks of Sedona, drive to the stunning limestone Kartchner Caverns in southern Arizona, or cruise the famous Route 66 in northern Arizona. End your day with a Kilt Lifter Scottish-style ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe, voted number one craft brewery in America by the Travel Channel.