Find the Unexpected in Glendale

Sports, festivals and shops dominate the horizon in Glendale, just northwest of Phoenix
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Colorful peacocks roam the Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

Colorful peacocks roam the Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

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.

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 the 2008 and 2015 Superbowls, the Fiesta Bowl and is home to the NHL Phoenix Coyotes and the NFL Arizona Cardinals. Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium will be hosting the NFL Super Bowl LVII in 2023.

But before mega arenas and glittering festivals, Glendale was a patchwork of cotton fields and ranches. Catch a glimpse of this history at Sahuaro Ranch, founded in 1886, where visitors and peacocks roam 17 acres of orchards, historic buildings and picnic areas. 

There's also the Thunderbird Conservation Area, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills with 15 miles of trails. For a short easy hike, take the Flatlander Trails, which is a loop. Start at 55th Avenue and the Pinnacle Peak parking lot. 

Don't miss 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. Historic downtown Glendale has been named by USA Today and Sunset magazine as one of the country’s 10 best places for shopping in recent years.

It also has 20 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, including nine historic districts. The preserved brick walkways and gaslight lamps lead you through rows of historic houses with lush gardens and trees. 

Chocolate Affaire

Chocolate Affaire

Have a sweet tooth? The largest candy retailer in the state is here. The Cerreta family has spent four decades in Glendale handcrafting its candy. 

Stop by the Glendale Visitor Center, 9494 W. Maryland Ave., Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit 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 & 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. It's at 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. Find it at 1 Cardinals Drive.

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For more information:
Glendale Visitor Center
(877) 800-2601
9494 W. Maryland Ave.