Bone-crunching tackles, 50-yard field-goal returns and glorious power plays—if it’s the fast-paced world of professional sporting excitement you seek, Glendale’s got your game. Or maybe you want to slow things down a bit with a leisurely stroll through unique boutique shops under a blanket of millions of twinkling holiday lights, breathtaking views from a hike through nearby mountain scapes or a late-night glass of wine at a fine restaurant. Well, we can handle life at that pace, too.
Welcome to Glendale, Ariz.
We cater to all types—from hungry, roaring football fans and fun-seeking families to active adventure seekers to the successful single looking for non-stop entertainment and hip eateries. Here are just a few ways you can enjoy the Glendale life.
Sports and Entertainment
If you’re the face-painting, jersey-wearing type, Glendale is most definitely your home base. As the home of the Coyotes and the Arizona Cardinals, Glendale is a place where sports fans can get their game on year round. Head to the award-winning Gila River Arena to watch the Coyotes take on their opponents. Spend your falls and winters counting Cardinals first downs in the NFL’s newest stadium. And enjoy our splendid springs with a few afternoons at the old ballgame thanks to the new Major League Baseball homes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, all right here in Glendale.
Glendale is also the home of several championships. The host of the 2008 Super Bowl, the city also is the home of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and major related events as well as the BCS National Championship game.
Music more your style? You’ll have yet another reason to love the Glendale Arena, which has been heralded by headline performers like U2, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney and named best new major concert avenue by Pollstar magazine, a major concert industry publication. Showcasing state-of-the-art video technology, a pulsating sound system and seating arrangements that guarantee clear views from all points, the facility has been an ideal host for everything from intimate, rare acoustic performances to chart-topping, televised concert extravaganzas.
Complete your ultimate entertainment experience with a full slate of nearby shopping and dining options thanks to Westgate and Zanjero’s retail and restaurant offerings, all within walking distance of the big game. Quench your thirst with a micro brew from Gordon Biersch or satisfy your cravings (no matter what they may be) at one of the many other nearby eateries serving up everything from mouthwatering cheeseburgers and fries to hearty-but-healthy salads and sandwiches.
Festivals, Shopping Treasures and Family Fun
Historic Downtown is renowned for its incredible array of festivals that draw more than one million visitors annually. These crowds enjoy special events that celebrate everything from the sweet taste of chocolate to one of Arizona’s largest holiday light displays that blanket the entire downtown area. Experience the warm glow of Glendale Glitters right after the game with a trip to downtown, and don’t forget to mark your calendar with festivals happening throughout the year.
While we’ve got you downtown, we have a few more things you might want to check out (and by few, we mean dozens). For starters, the area happens to be home to a world tour of culinary flavors. Glendale’s Downtown Dining District boasts an array of tasty menus featuring everything from traditional Polish, Mexican and German fare to unique Asian and American dishes. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, you’ll be glad to know the district has a host of teashops, too, so a light snack is never out of the question.
Historic Downtown Glendale incorporates two distinct neighborhoods that are home to more than 90 specialty and antique shops. Although the area is seamless to tour on foot, the difference in neighborhoods is revealed in the red-brick, main-street-style buildings of Old Towne versus the bungalows-turned-shops of Catlin Court that will have you wishing you could move right in. Start your stroll at the Glendale Visitor Center and pick up a handy map. Although the area was named one of the 10 best places to go antiquing nationally by both USA Today and Sunset Magazine, the area still feels like a secret only you’ve discovered. Spread throughout a series of tree-lined city blocks, the treasure-seeking crowds are never overwhelming.
Compliment your older finds with something new. Head north to delight in one of the largest malls in the region — the beautifully designed Arrowhead Towne Center conveniently located just off the Loop 101 freeway at 75th Avenue and Bell Road. The mall features water fountains, summer concerts, movie theaters and more than 170 shops and restaurants.
Culture and heritage seekers also find solace in Glendale. Preserving one of the Valley’s oldest and most magnificent homesteads, Historic Sahuaro Ranch consists of 13 original buildings and a breathtaking rose garden. A weekend wedding is a common sight, and the park’s stately peacocks are popular guests for the receiving line. Tours are available of both this park and the breathtaking Manistee Ranch, a Glendale Historical Society crown jewel.
Breathtaking and Rugged
Stand atop any of Glendale’s nearby mountain crests, and you’ll soon learn that the climb is well worth the effort. A clear day presents opportunities for nearly endless views of the Valley below. Head to the city’s northern region, and you’ll find the Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills dedicated to preserving our native desert environment. The hills were named for Robert Hedgpeth, an early homesteader in the area, and the park took its name from the World War II pilot training facility once located four miles to the south. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird watching. The park also boasts nearly 20 miles of multi-use trails, which were constructed thanks to the efforts of many volunteer groups.
Water seekers will find refuge just a little farther northwest at one of the state’s most popular boating destinations—Lake Pleasant. Glendale is also within minutes of the expansive White Tank Mountain Regional Park, which offers even more hiking and biking opportunities.
It is an exciting time in Glendale, and at the city’s heart, you will find a community rich with neighborhoods, ever-blossoming retail destinations, national sports landmarks and more. Come join us and be a part of something spectacular!