Glendale, Arizona, is a city about nine miles northwest of downtown Phoenix, and is a big draw for professional sports fans. The University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, is in Glendale. The stadium was designed by renowned architect Peter Eisenman, and you can take a guided tour of the stadium on non-game days and check out the roll-out natural grass field. Next door is ... read more
the Jobing.com Arena, home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. The arena also puts on numerous concerts and shows. The city’s premier restaurant and nightspot is the Westgate City Center, which is just next to the stadiums and so the perfect place for a pre or post-match beer or two. If you are into the history of ranching, the nineteenth century Sahuaro Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it’s possible to tour the ranch buildings and grounds. If hiking or biking is more your thing, head out to Thunderbird Park – a 1,000 acre desert preserve where you can also go horse riding – or White Tank Mountain Regional Park to search for the waterfall. Finally, Glendale hosts a chocolate festival each February, but if you’re in town at a different time of year and your sweet tooth starts to ache, take a tour of the family-owned Cerreta Candy Company and learn how caramel is made.