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Tempe, AZ (Population: 161,143)

Tempe is a major suburb of Phoenix, with a population of 161,143, and is located immediately southeast of the larger city. The name Tempe was adopted in 1879 after Darrell Duppa, a pioneer in the settlement of Arizona, compared the Salt River Valley (near a 300-foot tall butte) to the Vale of Tempe near Mount Olympus in Greece. In regards to geography, Tempe is generally flat except for Hayden Butte, Twin Buttes, and Bell Butte. The Salt River, which is dammed in two locations to create Tempe Town Lake, runs through the northern part of the city.

The head offices of US Airways are located in Tempe, as well as the main campus of Arizona State University. Until 2007, ASU has been the longtime host of the Fiesta Bowl. Each New Year's Eve, the city hosts the Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party, one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in the country. This event usually features a headlining national band and several local and regional bands. Tempe also hosts the Anaheim Angels each year during their spring training.

Whether you prefer casual or elegant dining experiences, the Mill Avenue District has the largest concentration of restaurants and cafes in Arizona. Cuisines from around the world are featured, suitable for any appetite or preference. After dinner, visit one of several microbreweries or sports bars. Tempe has an array of options for the perfect night on the town. From country and swing, to jazz and rock-n-roll, Tempe's clubs showcase all genres of entertainment.