As a suburb of Phoenix, Glendale does not have its own major airport. Airplane owners may find it convenient to fly into Glendale Municipal Airport (located in the western portion of the city), but most people may find it prudent to fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the area's major airport.
Glendale has the benefit of numerous freeways that travel through the Phoenix metro area.
The southern portion of the city is easily accessible from Interstate 10, exiting between 43rd Avenue and the Loop 101 and traveling north on the arterial streets.
The eastern portion is accessible from Interstate 17, exiting between Camelback Road and the Loop 101.
Northern Glendale is accessible from the Loop 101, which is the only freeway in the Regional Freeway System to cross through the city. The Loop 101 travels north from Interstate 10 and turns east at the northern boundary of Glendale, where it intersects Interstate 17. Northern Glendale can be accessed by exiting the Loop 101 between 51st Avenue and Bell Road.
West Glendale, home to the Glendale Arena (NHL) and the University of Phoenix Stadium (NFL), is accessible by exiting Loop 101 between Northern Avenue and Camelback Road. The Arena and stadium are easily accessible from exiting at Glendale Avenue and heading east.
Westgate: Our Time's Square of the desert, home to the Cardinals (NFL) and Coyotes (NHL) as well as an awesome nightlife selection of bars, restaurants, shops and cinema. [www.westgateaz.com Westgate City Center]
Historic Downtown, 5800 W. Glenn Dr. (59th/Glendale), ☎ 623-930-4500, . Known as one of the best locations for antiques. Has many historical and cultural facilities and events.edit
Cerreta Candy Factory, 5345 W. Glendale Ave, . 30 minute guided tours. M-F, 10AM and 1PM. Very fun place for all ages and all the chocolate you can eat.edit
Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd., ☎ 623-582-8007, . 9AM - 5PM. Great outdoor activity. Beautiful petroglyphs and pictographs to view up close and personal.Adults: $7 Seniors/students: $4 Children 6-12: $3 5 & under: free. edit
Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85302. Public area consisting of Sports fields, historic center, dog park, Playgrounds, seasonal eventsedit
Foothills SK8 Court Plaza,, 57th Avenue and Union Hills. Free public skate and vert ramp for skaters of all ages and skills.edit
Thunderbird Conservation Park, 59th Avenue between Deer Valley & Pinnacle Vista Rd.. Free public park consisting of 1,185 acre park, mountain biking, horseback riding, jogging, bird watching GRS mappingedit
Glendale Aquatic Center, 5600 West Union Hills Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308, ☎ 623-930-4600. A good public aquatic facility with Slides, diving boards, play area for young child and toddlers.edit
Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center, 5600 West Union Hills Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308, ☎ 623-930-4600. Public Recreation Facility, Activity room, rock climbing wall, indoor track and basketball court.edit
Comfort Suites, 9824 W Camelback Rd, Phone: (623) 271-9005, Fax: (623) 271-9808, . The area surrounding this hotel is a sports enthusiast's dream with the University of Phoenix Stadium, Jobing.com Arena, Peoria Sports Complex and the Phoenix International Raceway nearby.
MainStay Suites at Metro Center, 9455 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phone: 602-395-0900, Fax: (602) 395-1900, . An extended stay hotel with full amenities for business travelers and vacationers looking for weekly accommodations or longer.
Quality Inn, 7116 N 59th Ave, Phone: (623) 939-9431, Fax: (623) 937-3137, . Renovated in 2007. Free WiFi, personal voice mail, heated pool, free continental breakfast. Conference/Meeting space for up to 60 attendees.
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Glendale/Westgate, 6630 N. 95th Avenue, +1 623 271 7771 . Great location within the Westgate City Center, home of the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes. Enjoy an On The House Hot Breakfast, free hi-speed Internet, business center, outdoor pool & whirlpool, fitness center and the 100% Hampton Guarantee.
The types of crime most common in the Phoenix area usually do not affect visitors or tourist locations. However, some sections of Glendale, especially the southern tier of the city bordering the Maryvale area of Phoenix, are somewhat dicey and should be avoided at night. There are a handful of homeless people with signs begging for money on sidewalks in the Arrowhead area, they can be seen begging to people in cars, they are harmless but, it's best to ignore them.