Location and Visiting Phoenix


3 Million Stories conference guests were encouraged to book a room at the Tempe Mission Palms by 1/26/2016, but this room block was full. We were pleased to offer the same special rate of $199 per night (plus tax) at the Graduate Tempe. The Graduate Tempe is also within walking distance of the conference site, and honored the special rate between March 1 and March 6 for anyone wishing to extend their stay.

Directions and Parking:

The 2016 3 Million Stories conference will be held at the Memorial Union (301 E. Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ) on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University.

For directions to the ASU Memorial Union, click here.

For information about visitor parking, click here.

For a map of parking options at ASU, click here.

For a map displaying the Memorial Union and hotel locations, click here.

We recommend using alternative modes of transportation (e.g., light rail) because on-campus parking is limited.

Visiting Phoenix:

The Greater Phoenix area boasts not only beautiful early-March weather but also many things to do. In addition to the 3 Million Stories conference, guests can enjoy outdoor activities, museums, local events, or events on our ASU campus. We encourage you to extend your stay in order to sample what Phoenix has to offer, some of which you can read about below.


Photo courtesy of ASU Herberger Institute

First Fridays: Explore the arts and culture of downtown Phoenix. Tour art galleries, venues, and other arts spaces between 6:00 and 10:00 pm on Friday, March 4. Use the free Artlink First Friday trolley to
easily travel from one arts space to the next.

Herberger Institute Events: The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, hosts many events throughout the year. Schools of art; arts, media + engineering, design; film, dance, and theater; and music events can be found online, many of which take place directly on the Tempe campus.


Photo courtesy of the Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden: Discover cacti and other desert plants on the Desert Botanical Garden’s five unique trails. The Garden also features seasonal exhibits, garden wildlife like butterflies and hummingbirds, and conservation education.

Heard Museum Entrance by Craig Smith cropped

Photo courtesy of Craig Smith/Heard Museum

Heard Museum: Internationally recognized for quality displays and collections, the Heard Museum is dedicated to the accurate and sensitive portrayal of Native arts and cultures. The 58th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market is a two-day cultural event that takes place on March 5 & 6. At the Fair & Market you will find more than 600 of the nation’s most outstanding American Indian artists, spanning from traditional to cutting-edge.

Taliesin West: Located in Scottsdale, Taliesin West is the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Taliesin West served as Wright’s winter home nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains. The community is open to the public and offers a broad range of tours.

Photo by The Musical Instrument Museum

Photo courtesy of MIM

Musical Instrument Museum: Home to more than 6,000 musical instruments from across the globe, the Musical Instrument Museum uses wireless audio and video technology to allow guests to see the instruments, listen to
their sounds, and watch how they are played.

Spring Training: Fifteen Major League Baseball teams call the Greater Phoenix area ‘home’ for the Spring Training
season. The Spring Training season begins the first week
in March.


Photo courtesy of ASU Herberger Institute

ASU Art Museum: Located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University Campus, the ASU Art Museum is an integral part of the ASU Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts. With a diverse array of artists and audiences, the ASU Art Museum hosts innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational, and relevant to life today.


Photo courtesy of The Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix Art Museum: As the largest art museum in the southwestern United States, the Phoenix Art museum provides access to art from all over the world. International exhibitions are showcased alongside the collection of more than 18,000 works.

Phoenix Symphony: Arizona’s largest performing arts organization, the Phoenix Symphony, offers
Classics and Pops concerts, and more, each season in downtown Phoenix and beyond. On March 4 and March 5 the Phoenix Symphony will present Ravel’s Bolero under the direction of guest conductor Andrew Grams. The program will also feature Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 2 performed by pianist Pascal Roge. The Phoenix Symphony is offering a 20% discount for the March 4 and March 5 performances to anyone attending the 3 Million Stories conference – use promo code ASUBolero.

For additional information about events and places to eat, we recommend visiting the following sites:

Tempe Tourism

Phoenix Tourism