Glendale is one of Arizona’s fastest growing cities located in the West Valley, minutes from Phoenix. Glendale has great family neighborhoods, exciting restaurants, nightlife and an array of sports and recreation. Glendale is home to more than 450 restaurants, with all types of cuisine to choose from. Glendale and the West Vally area are fast becoming the nation’s newest sports Mecca with a lineup of professional football, hockey, Spring Training baseball, auto racing, NCAA Regionals and home to the Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the 2008 and 2015 Super Bowl.
Downtown Glendale has been named by USA Today & Sunset Magazine as one of the country’s ten best places for shopping. Shoppers will find a assortment of imports, jewelry, art, crafts, collectables, and bath and body accessories. In fact, Historic Downtown Glendale is actually comprised of three neighborhoods – Historic Catlin Court, Old Town, and the newest addition located at the center of Downtown, the Promenade at Palmaire with its white picket fences and established shade trees welcoming visitors to unique shops. Old Towboasting brick-trimmed sidewalks and glowing gaslights leading the way to the famous antique stores. And, the newest addition, located in the center of Downtown, Promenade at Palmaire. The neighborhoods span 10 square blocks which can easily be strolled in an afternoon and house many wonderful restaurants and shops.
In addition to Historic Downtown, shoppers can also delight at one of the largest malls in the region – the beautifully-designed Arrowhead Towne Center. Conveniently located just off the Loop 101 freeway, the mall features water fountains, a movie theater and more than 170 shops and restaurants.
And for entertainment, the Arrowhead Entertainment District is home to a collection of wonderful restaurants and must-see shops.
Glendale is a playground for the outdoor and athletic enthusiast. Glendale features miles of trails and acres of parks for nature lovers to enjoy. Glendale offers approximately 40 miles of hiking trails open from sunrise to sunset. Trails are expansive and not very demanding. Trails include Skunk Creek Linear Park, Thunderbird Park, Bridle Path, Thunderbird Paseo Path, and the Grand Canal Linear Park. Cyclists looking for bike trails will find more than 100 miles of bike routes in Glendale. Cyclists will enjoy the Grand Canal Linear Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park and Thunderbird Paseo Park. Glendale also hosts an annual event called the Glendale Family Bike Ride. It is meant to encourage families to ride their bikes.
Glendale is also home to the world’s largest fighter-pilot training facility, Luke Air Force Base. The base is home to more than 300 aircraft, and a number of its 8,000 personnel can be seen flying high above daily. Glendale is also home to Xeriscape Botanical Garden, an award-winning garden containing approximately 1,000 trees, shrubs, cactus and more. Plants are identified by common and botanical names, making this not only a very scenic adventure but an informative one as well. Many of the plants shown are low-water use and excellent for Arizona gardens. Glendale also features Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals, including white tigers, white alligators and much more at the Wildlife Zoo. New in 2009 is Arizona’s first public aquarium – 180,000 gallons of fresh and salt water creatures in 80 exciting exhibits. Glendale is truly a place for everyone.