Just east of bustling Phoenix, the city of Tempe is a charming college town—Arizona State University makes up nearly half the population. The vibe extends throughout the downtown Mill Avenue District, which is bursting with museums, theaters, and shops. Contemplate the endless places your Tempe car rental can take you as you stroll along the lakeside paths of the Arts Park and gaze at the mountains. Then hop in the driver’s seat and hit the road.
Flights to Tempe will land at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), 5 miles west of downtown Tempe. Pick up your truck or car rental in Tempe and head 30 miles west from downtown to Apache Junction for a dose of nature and history in the Superstition Mountains. Start your day at the Goldfield Ghost Town, an eerie 19th-century mining town. Pan for gold, witness an Old West duel, and visit an authentic saloon for lunch. Then take a hike! The Apache Trail winds 40 miles into the mountains and has spectacular views of the surrounding areas. Check out the native giant saguaro cacti, which can live hundreds of years; just don’t steal a living souvenir, as harming saguaros is illegal in Arizona. Worked up an appetite? Enjoy a scenic dinner cruise on Canyon Lake, where you may catch sight of bald eagles and big-horn sheep. Then dig into the dinner portion of the cruise and drive back to your Tempe hotel satisfied.
The Grand Canyon State is sure to impress you, and so will Travelocity’s cheap deals on Tempe car rentals. You can save time and money with our affordable vacation packages—book your hotel and airfare together, then chill out with an icy beverage and call it a day. You’ll be heating up in the Sonoran Desert soon enough.