Sprawled among the burnt orange buttes of the American southwest is Tempe, an affluent suburb of the greater Phoenix metro area. While it is home to American Airlines’ corporate headquarters and Arizona State University, Tempe’s glossy edifices never detract from the majesty of the surrounding Arizonian desert. The city’s ample outdoor offerings, like boating, golf and horseback riding are matched only by its indoor sporting attractions, including all the college football one could possibly desire.
Tempe lies at the crossroads of myriad freeways, and driving thus makes up the majority of the city’s transportation. Despite its status as a driving city, public transportation by Valley Metro and the Metro Light Rail is available primarily in areas surrounding downtown and Arizona State University. In fact, Tempe has more frequent bus service than anywhere else in the state. Moreover, the city offers free shuttles near ASU that operate in surrounding neighborhoods seven days a week.