Glendale is a great base for exploring the “Valley of the Sun”, thanks to its sprawling ranches, rugged mountains and sun-baked cactus gardens nearby. You're also within striking distance of some of Arizona's top museums and restaurants.
Things to do in Glendale
Founded in 1886, Sahuaro Ranch offers a fascinating glimpse at Arizona's rich agricultural industry. Stroll around the landscaped grounds, peer into the historic buildings or enjoy a picnic on the grassy lawns. You might even see a peacock strutting through the gardens.
Glendale offers easy access to some of Phoenix's top family attractions. From miniature golf and video game arcades to heart-racing thrill rides, Castles N' Coasters is one of the state's most visited amusement parks. If you're feeling the heat, head to Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix, home to water slides and splash pools.
In downtown Phoenix you'll find a host of world-class museums. Showcasing more than 18,000 works from across the globe, the Phoenix Art Museum highlights painting, sculpture, film and photography. Find out more about Phoenix's rich Native American legacy at the Heard Museum, which houses a colourful collection of Southwestern art.
Phoenix is famous for its desert scenery, and there's no better place to enjoy the views than South Mountain Park. It's laced with scenic hiking trails and self-drive routes that offer sweeping views over the city, mountains and Sonoran Desert.
Getting around Glendale
Glendale is well-serviced by Phoenix’s network of local buses. You can also ride light-rail trains and downtown trolleys or hire a private vehicle. From Glendale, the drive to downtown Phoenix takes just 20 minutes.