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Glendale, Arizona - What You Need to Know About Visiting Glendale, Arizona


Glendale's Westgate City Center

Westgate is just one of Glendale's centers.

Photo Credit: Westgate City Center

Glendale Visitors' Center - Research Your Trip:

Glendale Visitor Center
5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140
Glendale, AZ 85301
Map of Glendale (623) 930-4500
(877) 800-2601

Glendale is Spread Out:

Like many suburbs of Phoenix, everything seems to run together. Glendale has several main centers. Glendale City Center and Old Town, Westgate City Center and the Stadium Complex and Arrowhead Town Center (Mall Shops and Restuarants). It takes a car to get from one area to the next. Fortunately we now have the "Glendale Express," connecting the Westgate and Stadium complex with downtown Glendale and the historic district.

Glendale is Part of the Greater Phoenix Area:

Phoenix is one of the largest cities in the country. It is in central arizona. If you are coming to Glendale, you will most likely fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. It will take you about a half hour (on a good day) to reach one of Glendale's centers.

Old Town Glendale:

Historic downtown Glendale has been voted "Arizona's Antique Capital." There are more than 70 antique and specialty shops adjacent to a beautiful city park and library. The Catlin Court Historic District houses residential bungalows that have been converted into unique and quaint shops. A highlight is Cerreta's Chocolate Company, which offers tours and sampling. Map to Old Town Glendale.

Arrowhead Mall:

Arrowhead Towne Center is located off the Loop 101 at Bell Road (head East). You will find all the chain stores, restaurants and a Costco. Arrowhead location.

Westgate City Center and Stadium Complex:

Westgate City Center, anchored by Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium off Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, is host to 6.5 million square feet of shops, restaurants, offices, theaters and residential units to Glendale in a formerly agricultural area. Westgate's newest addition, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, enhance's the Center's reputation as a hot spot for entertainment. Westgate has billed itself as the "Times Square of the West." With the lighted billboards, dancing fountains and music, Westgate is giving Scottsdale a run for the money. It's a great place to party or people watch!

Luke Air Force Base:

West valley visitors are treated to "air shows" most days of the year. Nearby Luke Air Force Base is a training center for pilot and crew training. Luke is home to more than 185 F-16 aircraft and 27 squadrons of which eight are F-16 fighter squadrons. The 56th Fighter Wing graduates more than 400 F-16 pilots and 470 crew chiefs annually. It's these F-16's which you will see flying in formation in the skies over Glendale. Luke AFB Website.

Glendale History:

Founded in 1892, as a religious and temperance colony, for the first decade, irrigation farming was the main occupation. Eventually, the establishment of a giant sugar beet factory, a major ice plant for cooling produce shipped via the Santa Fe Railroad and many smaller business ventures attracted new people to town.

World War II brought thousands of servicemen from all over the United States and several foreign countries to train at Thunderbird and Luke airfields in Glendale. In fact, today Glendale remains the proud home of the largest Air Force Training Base in the world.

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