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**San Marcos Golf Resort.  []
**San Marcos Golf Resort.  []
*Visit Historic Downtown Chandler which is full of delightful shops and amusments.
*Visit Historic Downtown Chandler which is full of delightful shops and amusements.  Historic Downtown Chandler is full of unique shops, restaurants and galleries. Take some time to browse through the antique shops at Market Square, just a short walk away on Wall Street. This quaint garden setting is filled with antique shops, a homemade fudge store and an old-fashioned restaurant.

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Chandler is a city in Arizona, and a medium-sized suburb of Phoenix. Chandler is one of the major suburbs of Phoenix and has a population of 240,595. The City of Chandler, Arizona was founded in 1912 and incorporated in 1920. Chandler's recent history has seen it develop from an agricultural town toward a high-tech industrial city. Known as "The Silicon Desert" of the high-technology manufacturing industry in the west, is one of the top five fastest growing cities in the nation. The City of Chandler, AZ boasts world-class golf facilities, Arizona resorts, restaurants of every cuisine and premier shopping. The city enjoys more than 330 sunny days a year, and an average temperature of 85 degrees making the City of Chandler, AZ a great place to visit.

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 65 69 74 83 92 102 104 102 97 86 73 65
Nightly lows (°F) 43 47 51 58 66 75 81 80 75 63 50 44
Precipitation (in) 0.8 0.8 1.1 0.3 0.2 0.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.9

Check Chandler's 7 day forecast at NOAA

Get in

By plane

Chandler is located approximately 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and is easily accessible by car with the freeways.

Chandler Municipal Airport is a public airport located 3 miles southeast of the central business district of Chandler. The airport is not served by any commercial airlines.

By car

Several major freeways serve Chandler. I-10 runs North/South along the Western edge of the city. Loop 101(Price Freeway)runs North/South through Chandler. Loop 202(Santan Freeway) runs West/East though the center of Chandler.

Get around

Car and Bus are the easiest ways to get around Chandler. Valley Metro [1] provides public bus transit to Chandler and the greater Phoenix area. No light rail lines have been approved in the city, although high-capacity corridors including light rail have been identified in other regional and local plans. City officials joined the regional light rail authority, Valley Metro Rail, in 2007, expecting service perhaps in 2020. The initial route through the city will most likely be the Tempe South light rail line on Rural Road.


  • Arizona Railway Museum. The Arizona Railway Museum is a community effort toward the acquisition, restoration, preservation and display of railway equipment, artifacts and mementos related to Arizona railways of the past and present. Open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 330 E. Ryan Road (1/2 mile south of Germann Road, 1/2 mile west of McQueen Road) 480-821-1108
  • Chandler Center for the Arts Exhibition Hall. This performing arts facility also features visual arts in its Exhibition Hall and numerous works throughout the lobby and hallways. 250 N. Arizona Ave. 480-782-2680
  • Chandler Historical Museum. The Chandler Historical Museum houses a variety of interesting displays and archives that link the City to its past. 178 E. Commonwealth 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; Closed Sundays and holidays. 480-782-2717
  • HuHuGam Cultural Center. The Huhugam Heritage Center is a place that tells the stories of the history, culture, and language of the peoples of the Gila River Indian Community and honors the ancient Huhugam. It is designed to house and preserve the cultural resources of the Gila River Indian Community, including past and current archaeological findings. Through exhibitions, classes, programs, and collections, its goal is to educate the public about the rich cultural heritage of the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) peoples. 4759 N. Maricopa Road PO Box 5041 Chandler, AZ 85226. 520-796-3500
  • Vision Art Gallery. The Vision Gallery serves as a cultural center in the heart of the City. It is a non-profit art gallery located in Historic Downtown Chandler and managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation. The gallery represents more than 200 national, state and local artists, and the exhibits are rotated every six to eight weeks. 80 S. San Marcos Pl. 480-917-6859
  • Zelma Basha Salmeria Gallery of Western American and Native American Art. This private collection features a vast composite of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastel and charcoal drawings, pen & inks, bronze, wood and natural stone sculptures, wood-turned bowls, basketry, pottery, kachinas and jewelry. There are well over 600 pieces of art depicting numerous mediums displayed throughout the gallery. The gallery is located at the corporate headquarters of Basha’s Grocery Stores in south Chandler.


  • Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass[2]. Experience the Old West with a visit to Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. An authentic replica of an 1880's Frontier Town, Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass puts you in the middle of the action with cowboys, gunfights, stagecoach rides, retail shops, cookouts and private party venues, an award winning Steakhouse, and Western attractions. 5700 W. North Loop Road Chandler, AZ 85226. 480-502-5600
  • Gila River Wild Horse Pass Casino[3]. Just located off the I-10 freeway on Wild Horse Pass Blvd. (exit 162), this is Arizona's biggest casino. Home to 750 hot slots, live poker, blackjack and keno, a 1500 seat high-stakes bingo hall. 5550 Wild Horse Pass Road. Chandler, AZ 85246. 800-946-4452
  • Firebird International Raceway[4]. Since it’s inception in 1983, Firebird International Raceway has grown into one of the most diversified venues in the county. The multi-purpose facility is not only a NHRA certified race track, but a host to various types of local and national events including Club Racing, Indy Car Testing, Tent Sales, RV and Boat Shows, commercial shoots, private vehicle testing as well as a wide range of family entertainment shows. 20000 S. Maricopa Road Chandler, AZ 85226. 602-268-0200
  • Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving[5]. With over 90,000 Graduates since 1968, Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving has taught total car control to drivers of all levels. Bondurant is the largest purpose built facility in North America, featuring a 1.6-mile road course and an 8-acre paddock. P.O. Box 51980 Phoenix, AZ 85076-1980. 800-842-7223
  • Golf.
    • Bear Creek Golf Club. [6]
    • Lone Tree Golf Club. [7]
    • Ocotillo Golf Resort. [8]
    • San Marcos Golf Resort. [9]
  • Visit Historic Downtown Chandler which is full of delightful shops and amusements. Historic Downtown Chandler is full of unique shops, restaurants and galleries. Take some time to browse through the antique shops at Market Square, just a short walk away on Wall Street. This quaint garden setting is filled with antique shops, a homemade fudge store and an old-fashioned restaurant.


Ostrich Festival

Ostrich ranching was once a prominent part of life in Chandler. Chandler and Maricopa County led the nation in raising ostriches for their stylish and expensive plumes. To celebrate the city's rich history as well as provide a first-class community event, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce created the Ostrich Festival[10] in 1989. The festival served as a backdrop in the 1995 Whitney Houston film, "Waiting to Exhale" and has received international media attention. The festival was also portrayed in a Harlequin Romance novel title, "Lover Boy." Try an Ostrich Burger, Ostrich Jerky and fresh Emu Eggs. The event is held at Tumbleweed Park (McQueen and Germann Roads).

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Festival

Downtown Chandler will be aglow with thousands of Christmas Lights, arts and crafts vendors, and entertainment. The annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade kick-off the holiday season

Chandler Jazz Festival

An entertaining, educational, cultural and uniquely American event that annually attracts thousands of active families from across the Valley of the Sun. Now in it's 6th year, the festival expects to draw 8,000 people over the two-day event.[11]


  • Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus[12]
    • 7001 E. Williams Field Rd. Mesa, AZ 85212 480-727-3278
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College[13]
    • 2626 E. Pecos Road. Chandler, AZ 480-732-7000
  • Northern Arizona University - Chandler-Gilbert Campus[14]
    • 2626 W. Pecos Rd. Chandler, AZ 85225 480-732-7243
  • Northern Arizona University - East Valley Campus[15]
    • 1580 N. Fiesta Blvd., Ste. 101. Gilbert, AZ 85233 602-776-4675
  • University of Phoenix Chandler Campus[16]
    • 2975 West Linda Lane. Chandler, AZ 85224 480-557-2800
  • Western International University - Chandler East Valley campus[17]
    • 55 N. Arizona Place, Suite 101. Chandler, AZ 85225 602-943-2311


Shop at Chandler Fashion Center [18], an upscale shopping mall featuring various department stores, located on Chandler Blvd near the intersection with Loop 101 Freeway.


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



  • Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort[19]. The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort was the first golf resort in Arizona and is located in downtown Chandler.

  • Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa[20]. A luxury resort experience at this 500-room desert oasis. Conveniently located 11 miles from Sky Harbor International Airport on the Gila River Indian Reservation, this unique destination resort features custom-designed, culturally-themed guest rooms reflecting the traditions of the Pima and Maricopa people, 36 holes of Troon® golf, the Aji Spa offering Native treatments, dining at Kai with James Beard award-winning chef Janos Wilder and onsite horseback adventures at Koli Equestrian Center. 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226. 602-225-0100
  • Many well known hotel chains have hotels in Chandler, there are however, few resorts in this area compared to Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe.


The area code for the city is 480.

Every branch of the public library system has internet access, but they require a library card to use it. There are also a number of free Wi-Fi hot spots provided by the city. Chandler already has wireless access in the four library sites and about 40 other free locations, called hot spots.

Get out

Visit nearby South Mountain Regional Park and see the Sonoran Desert. At over 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve often is referred to as the largest municipal park in the country. It boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels skills. The park/preserve's main entrance is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.[21]

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.

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