Maple Ash Historic Neighborhood
If your in Tempe your obviously going to be walking down Mill and so lucky for you this hidden gem is really close by. Go East on University and make a left on Ash, which is just one block down from Mill. This neighborhood is so beautiful with small homes with so much character. These homes not only have grass in their yards instead of rocks (haha) but also have much more wonderful landscaping, youll forget your in Phoenix/Tempe. The homes are all different colors, shapes and the owners display their own art out front. Please dont drive through this neighborhood, take a casual stroll.
Tempe - High Class University Town
"Mill Avenue District"
Mill Avenue runs on the west side of the Arizona State University campus. Contrary to many business areas next to universities, the Mill Avenue District is filled with excellent restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and shops. There are also many park areas with nice public art. The new light rail system will cut across the north end soon. It is under construction now. Take a look at the Mill Avenue cams.
"Historic Hayden Flour Mill"
The old Hayden Flour Mill is located at the north end of Mill Avenue where there used to be a ferry across the Salt River. Over the years there were three Hayden Mills. The first was a water-powered, two-story adobe building. It opened for business in 1874, and burned down about 15 years later. A second adobe mill burned in 1917. Again the mill was rebuilt - part of this structure is what still stands at the site east of Hayden Butte, on the north end of Mill Avenue. The grain elevator and seven silos were added in 1951. Although the mill was once water-powered, except for the Tempe Town Lake, you can just walk across the river just about anywhere now.
Papago Park is a large desert park just across the river from the north end of Mill Avenue. It has beautiful red rock formations and many hiking and biking trails. A botanical garden, a zoo, a museum and public fishing lakes are located there also.