The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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Traveling to the Conference

Flights, lodging, weather, and more

Coming from out of town? As the fifth-largest city in the country, traveling to Phoenix is accessible and easy.

Our airport is PHX Sky Harbor International Airport, centrally located in the middle of downtown Phoenix. Hotels, Airbnb, and other options for lodging abound. The city is served by light-rail, bus, ride-sharing, and other modes of transportation. The weather is sunny, dry, and 75 degrees. 

To learn more about traveling to the conference, view the information below. You can also visit ASU's travel resource page, or learn more about getting around once you're here. 

Flights (PHX Sky Harbor International Airport)

Our airport is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034), located in the center of downtown Phoenix just ten or fifteen minutes away.

Once you've arrived, Sky Harbor features a number of options for connecting transportation. The PHX Sky Train runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week connects passengers to light-rail service at the 44th St and Washington Station. Other options include rental cars, taxis, bus, and ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft. Many hotels will often include a shuttle service, too.

For more information about travel, visit Sky Harbor's website.


Generally speaking, we recommend that staying close to campus to make travel easier and reduce your commute.  


The hotels closests to campus are: 


There are also a few motels, including:

Each hotel or motel listed here is less than a fifteen minute walk away.

Other Options

Beyond the options listed above, there are also numerous airbnb's around campus, and other hotels and motels located farther away. You can also choose to stay in Phoenix or Mesa and commute to the conference via light-rail or other forms of public transportation.

ASU Rates

Some hotels may have discounted rates for ASU guests. For more information, visit ASU's travel website or contact your hotel.

Weather & Clothing

February in Phoenix is one of the most beautiful times of the year, with low humidity, plenty of sunlight, and high temperatures around 70 degrees. As such, we recommend packing for spring or summer, including a light coat for lower temperatures in the early mornings, nights, or the off-chance that it rains.

Other Supplies

As we live in a desert, we might also recommend bringing a water bottle, sunscreen, or any other items you might need to stay cool and comfortable. 

If you're planning on spending any additional time in Phoenix or Arizona—hiking, visiting museums, restaurants, or other attractions, etc—we might also suggest a pair of good shoes.

Getting Around

Once you're here, getting around the conference is easy. Arizona State University is located in the heart of Downtown Tempe and is within walking distance from numerous restaurants, shops, movie theaters, and other cultural and recreational opportunities along Mill Avenue. Phoenix and Mesa are also easily accessible via light rail.

For detailed information on parking, directions, and our on-campus location, visit our "Getting Here" page.


While meals are not included in the conference registration, there are plenty of places to eat for lunch and dinner all over campus and in Downtown Tempe, including numerous options for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free, or other dietary needs. For special offers, a list of recommended restaurants, and more information, visit our dining page

Other Things to Do

Granted the conference schedule will keep you pretty busy, Phoenix is home to a wide array of hiking trails, museums, galleries, concert venues, restaurants, shopping, and other attractions and points of interest if you're looking for more things to do.

There are also plenty of other things to do or see in Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Tucson, Bisbee, and more.

For more information, visit Visit Phoenix or the Arizona Office of Tourism.