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Arizona’s 300+ days of sunshine per year and outstanding scenery make it the perfect playground for our graduate students who need a break from academia. From hiking beautiful peaks and biking mountain trails to watching professional sporting events and performing arts, there’s so much to see, do, explore and discover. Plus, with two light rail stops on campus, you’re just a short ride away from all the activities, hobbies and events that await you.
If you’re a fan of nature, you’ll find a bunch of opportunities for outdoor recreation like fishing, boating and camping in some of the most gorgeous locations in the country. On campus, you can take a brief hike to the top of “A” Mountain or stroll through our Desert Arboretum Park. You’re also just minutes from Tempe Town Lake. But, if you want to see the true beauties of Arizona, we recommend these great spots for exploration.
Arizona is home to one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. It’s a four-hour drive to the north. The canyon is great for sight-seeing, hiking, river trips, horseback riding and so much more. Learn more.
The Mogollon Rim (a two-hour drive to the northeast) offers numerous camping, hiking and mountain biking opportunities. At an elevation of 7,500 feet, “the rim” is a nice way to beat the summer heat. Learn more.
Less than an hour’s drive east of Tempe, the Superstition Mountains are an exquisite display of volcanic mountain scenery with numerous lakes contained within the Salt River drainage. Another great spot for hiking. Learn more.
As the sixth largest city in the United States, the Phoenix metropolitan area has something for everyone. Whether you’re searching for an annual event to attend in Tempe or you’re gearing up for a professional sporting event in downtown Phoenix, there’s a wide range of activities to keep you entertained. In addition to being known for outdoor recreation, Arizona is also a great place for golf and tennis, art and culture, dining and nightlife.
Whatever your hobbies or interests, we’re positive you’ll find something you enjoy in the Valley of the Sun.