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Glendale (Arizona)

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Glendale [1] is one of the largest suburbs in the metropolitan Phoenix area, and is rapidly growing as a dominant media/entertainment center in the Valley of the Sun.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

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.

By road[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

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]

  • Westgate Cotu Center, (101 & Glendale), [2].  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Historic Downtown, 5800 W. Glenn Dr. (59th/Glendale), 623-930-4500, [3]. 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, [4]. 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, [5]. 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 events  edit
  • 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 mapping  edit
  • 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

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave, 623-930-4200, [6]. 17-acres of Historic Park. 13 original buildings; rose garden, barnyard & historic orchards. Tours available in Sept. and Oct.  edit
  • The Bead Museum, 5754 W. Glenn Dr., 623-931-2737, [7]. Internationally known for its collection of beads and adornments of all cultures, past and present.  edit
  • Dog Parks, Sahuaro Ranch Park. Specific dog parks free and for the public.  edit
  • Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85302. Public area consisting of Sports fields, historic center, dog park, Playgrounds, seasonal events  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Haus Murphy, 5739 W. Glendale Ave. Traditional food from Germany with even a Bier Garden outside. Live entertainment  edit
  • Bitz-ee Mamas, 7023 N, 58th Ave. A popular destination for breakfast and lunch with a large variety of menu items.  edit
  • Lenny’s Burgers, 5713 W. Glendale Ave. Traditional burger joint without a drive-thru window  edit
  • A Touch of European Café, 7146 N. 57th Dr., Ste. C. A quaint café serving mostly polish style food  edit
  • Pizza Old Roma, 5740 W. Glendale Ave. Thin crust Sicilian-style pizza, other menu items include subs and lasagna  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Bitz-ee Mamas, 7023 N, 58th Ave. A popular destination for breakfast and lunch with a large variety of menu items.  edit
  • Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85302. Public area consisting of Sports fields, historic center, dog park, Playgrounds, seasonal events  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Comfort Suites, 9824 W Camelback Rd, Phone: (623) 271-9005, Fax: (623) 271-9808, [8]. 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, [9]. 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, [10]. 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 [11]. 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.

Stay safe[edit]

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.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Glendale
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