If Glendale was a person, she would be a fun-loving woman who effortlessly throws the most elaborate of parties—ones with 1.6 million holiday lights—but can get downright sporty hosting a Super Bowl. Either one leaves guests vying to get on the invite list for next year.
“We roll out the red carpet, whether it is for concerts or football games,” says Lorraine Zomok, manager of the Glendale Visitor Center.
That red carpet also includes camps for adults to live out their dreams to be professional athletes and a three-day festival for chocolate lovers and romance-novelist aficionados. Just nine miles northwest of Phoenix, Glendale has hosted both the 2008 and 2015 Superbowls, the Fiesta Bowl and is home to the NHL Phoenix Coyotes and the NFL Arizona Cardinals.
But before mega arenas and glittering festivals, Glendale was a patchwork of cotton fields and ranches. You can catch a glimpse of this history at the beautiful Sahuaro Ranch, founded in 1886, where visitors and peacocks roam amid orchards, historic buildings, picnic areas and a rose garden set on 17 acres.
Or visit Glendale’s charming historic downtown where almost every business is locally owned and antique shops, boutiques and restaurants reside in and beside Craftsman-style bungalows of yesteryear.
“We hear from visitors that [our historic downtown] is like Norman Rockwell come to life, like Mayberry,” Zomok says. “Things seem to slow down a bit. We have people sitting on their front porches enjoying ice tea. There’s something really Americana about that.”
Stop by the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Dr., Suite 140, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.VisitGlendale.com to learn more.
Four Places to Shop in Glendale
Glendale is home to several fantastic shopping districts.
Discover Quaint Catlin Court
Browse unique shops and restaurants in converted Craftsman-style bungalows. Don’t miss Bears and More, a mix of contemporary and vintage treasures and children’s toys. For free covered parking, park at 5835 W. Palmaire Ave.
Vintage Treasures Await in Old Towne
Stroll brick-trimmed sidewalks, explore antique stores and dine at ethnic eateries in this charming section of historic downtown. For free covered parking, park at 5835 W. Palmaire Ave.
Shop Familiar Stores at Arrowhead Towne Center
From Dick’s Sporting Goods to Coach, Arrowhead Towne Center, one of the region’s largest malls, is a true shopper’s paradise; 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center.
Stroll the Westgate Entertainment District
Enjoy an array of unique shops and restaurants. The District also features Tanger Outlets Westgate which has more than 90 leading brand names and outlet designer stores. 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd.
Glendale Sports and Entertainment
Catch a game or a concert at one of the nation's finest sports and entertainment districts. It's home to the annual Fiesta Bowl, the 2008 & 2015 Super Bowl and Cactus league Spring Training. Also enjoy award-winning special events and festivals such as the Annual Chocolate Affaire
Camelback Ranch Sports Complex
A state-of-the-art baseball facility like no other, Camelback Ranch is the spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. 111th Avenue and Camelback Road.
University of Phoenix Stadium
The stadium, with its retractable roof and field, is unlike any other stadium in North America. This multi-purpose facility has tenants including NFL's Arizona Cardinals and the Annual Fiesta Bowl. 1 Cardinals Drive.
For more information:
Glendale Visitor Center
5800 W. Glenn Dr., Suite 140, Glendale, AZ 85301