I know what you’re thinking. How can they be hidden gems if you’re just going to share them with the world? These gems are so special, that even though thousands of people know of their existence, they’re not quite the swarmed landmarks you would expect.
The Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge
You’ll find this magical bridge right outside of the Tempe Center for the Arts. While the unique architecture and canopies that compose this bridge are still aesthetically pleasing in the daytime, this is a treasure you’ll want to see after the sun goes down. Dozens of brilliantly blue lights illuminate the white canopies, pillars, and wires that hold the bridge together. Bikes, walkers, and joggers will pass you by, but it makes a fantastic spot for a photo shoot. The purple, blue, and fuchsia hues will make it hard for you to simply walk across and be on your way. If you do, however, some have reported seeing hundreds of bunnies filling the hills on the north side of Tempe Town Lake in the wee hours of the night when no one is around.
ASU’s Secret Garden
It’s tradition that only someone who knows about the Secret Garden may share its location with another. Therefore, we are sad to say that we cannot do that through this article. What we can say is that it’s hidden in almost plain sight, right in the middle of campus. If you’re a student at ASU, you’ve probably walked by it dozens of times with no idea. The entrance usually has visitors skeptical and shaking in their boots!
The Maple Ash Neighborhood
One of the oldest neighborhoods in Tempe, the Maple Ash Neighborhood is filled with unique architecture, art, and lush landscaping compared to the surrounding areas. The whole area is much cooler than other parts of the city because the land is irrigated. Many of the homes are simple, one bedroom dwellings, but they all have character — parents will also love the local daycare and preschool. Whether they are homeowners or renters, the residents of this area unite for the greater good, banding together under what’s called “MAWF” (Maple Ash Wilson Farmer — the other nearby streets) on Facebook and other places online.