GLENDALE
POPULATION245,000
HOME TOMIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY
HOST OFTHE FIESTA BOWL
Just north of Phoenix, Glendale represents the center of all things actives. Hosting the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix stadium, the city is certainly proud of its athletics. And with their NHL team, the Coyotes, playing at the Gila River Arena, not to mention some great opportunities to catch spring training, Glendale attracts the sports fans.
The city itself is a unique blend of vintage and modern. Heralded as one of Arizona’s antique capitals, there are shops, museums and markets at which those looking for pieces of the past will be able to find one-of-a-kind treasures. And then with their glamorously appointed casinos as well as one highly energetic entertainment district, Glendale provides visitors with plenty of downtown excitement.
  • SPORTS

    As noted, this is most definitely a town for sports lovers. Beyond being the home of the Cardinals, the University of Phoenix Stadium also hosts the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl as well as a number of prominent soccer matchups. When hockey is not in season, the arena transforms into a skateboarding venue where one of the country’s premiere events is held annually.

  • DINING

    International flair comes to mind when thinking about the food served here. With nearly 500 restaurants, the city features cuisine from all over the world. From German, to Mexican, to upscale steakhouse, whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re probably going to find it!

  • ART AND CULTURE

    With a thriving public arts program, the downtown certainly has a lot for tourists to see. Murals adorn some of the region’s most preeminent buildings. Visitors here also really love the Sensory Garden. This is a venue that integrates plants, flowers, and art with a total sensory experience—definitely a must-see.

THE WEATHER
  • While people migrate away from other US cities during the winter months, many flock to the Phoenix area, including Glendale. Temps are very mild, in the upper 60s. Plus, Glendale hosts the Fiesta Bowl around new year's.

  • Spring is quite nice, albeit very dry (even more so than usual). April highs are in the 80s.

  • Summer is very, very hot. Temps are regularly north of 100 degrees and it isn't the best time to visit.

  • Fall looks like spring as October highs are in the 80s. The Arizona Cardinals home football games are the main attraction.