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Dr. Robert B. Rutherford, Jr.

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Tempe Mission Palms

60 E Fifth St
Tempe AZ 85281


Hotel rooms are available at the venue for a discounted rate for the nights of November 18-20, 2021. Reservations are available to convening attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Airport shuttle information

As a courtesy to hotel guests, Tempe Mission Palms provides daily shuttle transportation to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport every 1/2 hour between 5:30 a.m. and  10:30 p.m.

If you will not be staying at the hotel, the parking fee is $12 per day for outside guests.

Nearby Attractions

Outdoor activities:

  • Hiking and gold at nearby Papago Park
  • ASU's iconic “A” Mountain
  • Visit Tempe Town Lake: This 220-acre urban oasis is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arizona. Jog or walk along the art-lined paths surrounding the lake that covers nearly 5 miles, or rent a kayak, pedal boat or go paddle boarding.


  • Phoenix Zoo: Home to more than 3,000 animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened or endangered species.
  • Desert Botanical Garden: For nearly 80 years, Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty.
  • Arizona Science Center: Dozens of interactive exhibits, rides and an IMAX theatre fill this 98,000-square-feet venue. The Arizona Science Center has up to nine different demonstrations every day.
  • Musical Instrument Museum: MIM provides a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages with more than 6,800 instruments on display from around the world.

Shopping, dining and nightlife:

  • Old Town Scottsdale: The Old Town district offers boutique shopping featuring souvenirs, jewelry and art with a Southwestern flair. A density of bars, lounges, restaurants and clubs offer myriad dining and nightlife opportunities. And art fans can peruse the galleries of Main Street.
  • Downtown Tempe and Mill Avenue: Within walking distance of the conference, enjoy over 100 shops, restaurants, nightlife and galleries.
  • Tempe Marketplace: This shopping and entertainment destination is home to H&M, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Dave & Buster’s, California Pizza Kitchen and a 16-screen Harkins Theatre. Relax with an iced tea while the kids enjoy the splash pad. And, on Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy live music at the District Stage.

ASU activities:

  • ASU Gammage: It’s among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world and the home theater of the Desert Financial Broadway Across America — Arizona and the Beyond series. This historic 3,000 seat hall was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • ASU Art Museum: Site for innovation and discovery. From our exhibitions and programs to our collections and initiatives, the museum is internationally recognized as a leader in contemporary art.
  • ASU athletics events.