Glendale, Arizona resides in Maricopa County northwest of the capital area. With an approximate population of 252,000, this city was once nothing more than a railroad in a desert. A Beet Sugar Factory built in 1906 was instrumental to the influx of immigrants and migrants that populated the city in the early 20th century. As a tribute to its historical roots, Glendale intends to unveil an extension of the Valley Metro Rail service in 2026; a reprise of the original Phoenix Street Railway from 1911 that brought so many settlers to the town. Today, many historical remnants reside alongside a lively modern downtown.
Visitors in Glendale never find themselves without something to do. Between the brand new 11 acre lagoon-style waterpark, the Phoenix Zoo with over 3,000 animals and special exhibits, and two major sports venues, Glendale is jam-packed with exciting attractions. If something sit-down is more your style, grab a slice and a brew at the beloved local Yard House pub.
Sunset magazine and USA Today have named Glendale “Arizona’s Antique Capital” for its preservation of many historical sites.The Catlin Court Historic District features residential bungalows that have been converted into quaint shops. Here in Glendale’s historic downtown, more than 70 antique and specialty shops serve hobbyists, collectors, tourists, and anyone looking for beautiful antiques. Glendale is also home to Midwestern University, metropolitan Phoenix’s first medical school. With a large city park and an expansive library, Arizona’s antique capital is a city with an abundance of interesting corners to explore.