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Chandler (Arizona)

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Chandler (Arizona)

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Chandler is a city in Arizona, and a medium-sized suburb of Phoenix with over 240,000 residents. It is a delightful place to visit.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (IATA: PHX) (602) 275-4958 [7] is the main air gateway to Arizona. It is located in East Phoenix 3 miles from downtown. All major U.S. carriers serve Phoenix Sky Harbor with extensive flights to major cities across the country. Southwest Airlines [8] and USAirways [9] both have hubs at Sky Harbor. It is approximately 25 minutes from Chandler.
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IATA: AZA) 480-988-7600 [10] is located east of Phoenix, in neighboring Mesa. It is served mainly by Allegiant Air [11], although Vision Airlines [12] also offers service from North Las Vegas. Currently, this is a smaller sized airport but is in the process of being redeveloped into a major regional airport.

By car[edit]

To reach Chandler head on I-10 until it reaches the Santan Freeway. Also, the loop 101 runs down the west side of Chandler near the mall and connects to all other major freeways in the area.

By bus[edit]

Get around[edit]

Car and Bus are the easiest ways to get around Chandler

See[edit][add listing]

The Sonoran desert as well as a beautiful residential area.

  • Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225, (480)782-2680, [1]. A small venue with seating capacity of 1,500.  edit
  • Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art, 22402 South Basha Road, 480-895-5230 option 2, [2]. 9AM to 4PM Monday to Friday (call ahead to make sure the gallery is not closed for the occasional company function). Free art gallery with over 3000 pieces of contemporary Native American and Western American art including paintings, sculptures and pottery. Groups of 25 or more are asked to make an appointment in advance. Free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Historic Downtown Chandler, (Chandler Boulevard & Arizona Avenue, just south of Chandler Boulevard). Full of delightful shops and amusements.  edit

Play the slots at Lone Butte Casino, 1077 S. Kyrene Road, Chandler, AZ 85226 (Santan 202 & Kyrene Road). Open 24 hours. Gila River Indian Community Casino opened in November 2008. Features 850 slot machines, 24 table games (Blackjack, Pai Gow, 3 Card Poker, Let-it-Ride), 750 Seat Bingo Hall, and a High Limit Room. Also offers high-end and casual dining.  edit

Annual Events[edit]

  • Ostrich Festival.[13]. 2250 S. McQueen. A fairly new festival located at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. This festival is centered around an Ostrich theme including Ostrich races, parade, food, and arts and crafts. Festival takes places in early March annually.
  • Chandler Jazz Festival.[14]. Annual outdoor Jazz festival in downtown chandler featuring a variety of renowned jazz performers. Admission is free.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Shop at Chandler Fashion Center, an upscale shopping mall featuring various department stores, located on Chandler Blvd.

Sweeties Candy of Arizona - This is a massive specialty candy store for candy lovers. Northwest corner of W Chandler Blvd and N Alma School Rd.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many fine, well known establishments in the vicinity of Chandler Fashion Center as well as downtown Chandler.

  • Guedo's Taco Shop, 71 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, +1 480-899-7841. Located in one of the eastern suburbs, Guedo's boasts a fanatical following... and for good reason. It's a simple formula -- superb soft tacos and Mexican beer, served in a hole-in-the-wall place with plenty of character. A salsa bar offers a choice of scratch-made and bottled sauces, ranging from mild to torrid. The cooks may sing Mexican ballads or pop songs while going about their work; your name will be called out when your order is ready. Some locals maintain that they have no interest in going to heaven if it doesn't include Guedo's.
  • Hong Kong Asian Diner, Great Chinese food.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Wild Hare This bar has a liberal atmosphere with fun-loving people, drag bingo and good bar food. 801 N Arizona Ave

Chandler, AZ 85225, (480) 857-3088‎.

  • SanTan Brewing Company, 8 South San Marcos Place, 480-917-8700, [3]. Microbrewery in downtown Chandler that brews beer on site and serves good food. Listed in the Phoenix New Times as the Best Happy Hour in the Southeast Valley in 2010.  edit
  • Vintage 95, 95 W. Boston St., 480-855-9463, [4]. Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am, Sunday 10am-10pm. Sophisticated wine bar in downtown Chandler with happy hour 7 days a week (3PM to 6PM daily except Wednesdays where happy hour is 4PM to close). Listed as Best Happy hour in Southeast Valley for 2012 in the Phoenix New Times.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

San Marcos hotel is an old and luxurious hotel in downtown Chandler. Otherwise, many well known hotel chains have hotels in Chandler. There are however, few resorts in this area compared to Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe.

  • Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, AZ 85226, 1-866-716-8134, [5]. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Arizona’s premier Native American-owned luxury resort, boasts 500 culturally-themed rooms, 36-holes of Troon Golf, the Aji spa, four pools, a 111-foot waterslide, Koli Equestrian Center and Rawhide, an 1880s Western Town. Located on the Gila River Indian Community, this unique property offers a recreational, educational and inspirational experience never before available in a resort setting.  edit
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center, 1231 S.Spectrum Blvd., +1 480 917 9500 [15]. Close to Fashion Square Mall. On The House Hot Breakfast buffet, free hi-speed Internet access, business center, outdoor pool & whirlpool and fitness center.
  • Courtyard Phoenix Chandler, 920 N 54th Street, Chandler, AZ 85226, 1-480-763-9500, [6]. This Courtyard by Marriott Chandler, Arizona Hotel offers convenient amenities, stylishly-appointed accommodations, flexible event space and a convenient location nearby the area's best dining and attractions.  edit

Get out[edit]

Visit the Grand Canyon- a four hours drive north near Flagstaff.

Head into Scottsdale for the day- take Loop 101 north.

Head on I-10 to Los Angeles and take in the sites of Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc.

Head south to Tucson.

Head north on I-10 to downtown Phoenix and see a show.

Head northwest to Las Vegas.

Routes through Chandler
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