Destination guide

A college town with outdoor appeal

Tempe is the proud home of Arizona State University, and the “A” is even emblazoned on one of the region’s most prominent geological features. Sprawling close to Phoenix, it’s a good base for seeing the buzzing capital of Arizona. Yet, Tempe itself also has plenty of attractions to keep you busy, and there are Tempe vacation rentals to suit all needs – whether you’re after a spacious family home with large kitchens and gardens, or a sleek condo complex for a romantic city break. Just be sure to bring the sun cream, because they don’t call the greater Phoenix area the Valley of the Sun for nothing.

Things to do

Artistic escapades in Tempe

Temple vacation rentals let you soak up the local arts scene, and culture-vultures should pay a visit to the Tempe Center for the Arts. This sleek, contemporary landmark puts on a fascinating, ever-changing array of exhibitions throughout the year, as well as live performances. You can also take in big, dazzling shows – including Broadway musicals – at ASU Gammage. The area also has your retail needs covered, thanks to the outdoor mall known as Tempe Marketplace. Here you can shop one minute, and catch live music the next – it’s a whole day out in itself.


Adventurous days and exciting nights in Tempe

The shimmering focal point of the community is Tempe Town Lake. This wide and placid expanse of water is the place to be on sunny afternoons. You can go walking or jogging around Tempe Beach Park, enjoy a picnic with views of the sun-speckled water, catch a performance at the amphitheater, or head out onto the lake itself on a boat. Kids will love splashing around in the water features of the local playground, while grown-ups should keep themselves looking good for an evening of fun in the Mill Avenue quarter. This is a hub of shops, restaurants, brewpubs, sports bars, and all-round late-night hedonism, so prepare to stay up past your bedtime.


Snowbird season in Tempe

This part of the United States is blessed with radiant warmth throughout the year, though things can possibly get a bit too hot during the height of the summer. You can do as the snowbirds do, and book your Tempe vacation rental for winter. While others battle rain and snow elsewhere, you can be sunning yourself in Arizona in December and January. That said, spring is another fine time to make your trip to Tempe.

Natural features

Hilltops and exotic plants in Tempe

Some call it Tempe Butte, some call it Hayden Butte Preserve, and most locals just know it as A-Mountain. Whatever name you opt for, this volcanic outcrop is a must for anyone with a passion for hiking. Not only is it adorned with an iconic “A” for ASU, it also rewards hikers with panoramic views of Temple and the Papago Mountains. Look out as well for ancient rock carvings left here by the Hohokam people. If you want to explore the wider Arizona landscape, you can hop across the Salt River and experience the Desert Botanical Garden, where you can walk amid rare agave and cacti, and see colorful birds a-plenty.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Tempe

The nearest airport is in Phoenix, AZ (PHX-Sky Harbor Intl.), located 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Mesa, AZ (MSC-Falcon Field Municipal), which is 12.4 mi (19.9 km) away.

You can see more of Tempe by jumping on the metro at Mill Ave - Third Street Station, Tempe Transportation Center or Veterans Way - College Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Tempe?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,572 vacation rentals near Tempe. From 1,720 Houses to 1,922 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Tempe for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Tempe?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tempe:

  • South Tempe: 1,585 vacation rentals
  • The Lakes: 42 vacation rentals
  • Mitchell Park West: 183 vacation rentals
  • Mill Ave District: 163 vacation rentals
  • Sunset: 171 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Tempe?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Tempe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tempe Town Lake Marina: 7,050 vacation rentals
  • Tempe Beach Park: 7,022 vacation rentals
  • Rolling Hills Golf Course: 7,072 vacation rentals
  • Big Surf: 7,051 vacation rentals
  • Diablo Stadium: 6,738 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tempe listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Tempe?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,720 Houses in Tempe. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Tempe include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,922 rentals available
  • Villas: 70 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 372 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Tempe?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,467 vacation rentals with pool available in Tempe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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