Top Attractions for First-Time Visitors

Glendale packs a punch when it comes to attractions. Here are some of the top spots to hit for an unforgettable introduction to the city:

Historic Downtown Glendale

Glendale was founded in 1892, and remnants of its historic past are visible throughout downtown. Must-see landmarks include the ornate 16-sided Catlin Court, the historic Santa Fe Depot built in 1895, and the charming Bungalow District lined with Craftsman-style homes. Downtown Glendale also holds plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Stop into locally owned boutiques, then refuel at one of the many restaurants dishing up everything from homestyle cooking to global cuisine.

Desert Diamond Casino

Try your luck at Desert Diamond Casino just off the 101 freeway in West Glendale. This sprawling entertainment destination offers over 1,000 slot machines, poker and table games, bingo, and live entertainment. Dine in luxury at AKI Japanese Restaurant or grab a quick bite at Food Court and Sports Bar. The casino provides free shuttle transportation from around the Valley, so getting there is a breeze.

Gila River Arena

Home to the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, this state-of-the-art arena hosts world-class sporting events and concerts year-round. Catch a pro hockey game, see a hit pop act like Elton John or Justin Bieber, or attend one of the many family shows. With excellent sight lines and amenities, Gila River Arena offers a thrilling experience for visitors of all ages.

Glendale Aquatic Center

Cool off from the Arizona heat at this top-rated aquatic center in the heart of Glendale. Highlights include a 25-meter lap pool, zero-depth entry leisure pool, splash playground, and twisting water slides. Additional amenities include a full-service café, locker rooms, and deck seating. Daily passes grant access to all attractions, making this a can’t-miss stop on hot summer days.

Glendale Chocolate Festival

Indulge your sweet tooth each February at this increasingly popular one-day extravaganza celebrating all things chocolate. Enjoy free samples from local chocolatiers, watch demonstrations by pastry chefs, admire chocolate sculptures, and purchase decadent treats. Can’t make the festival? Stop into Cerreta Candy Company year-round for tours and tasty chocolate creations.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Nature lovers flock to this nearly 30,000-acre park with rugged mountain wilderness just minutes from downtown Glendale. The park offers excellent hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails with stunning desert scenery. After working up an appetite on the trails, enjoy a picnic in one of the tree-shaded ramadas.

How to Get Around Glendale

Glendale offers convenient transportation options for visitors. Consider these ways to get around town:

Public Transportation

The Valley Metro bus system provides service throughout Glendale and connecting routes to other parts of the Phoenix metro. Single ride fares start at just $2, with discounts for seniors and riders with disabilities. Valley Metro Rail also has a stop in downtown Glendale on the popular 19th Ave & Camelback line.

Taxis and Rideshares

For quicker point-to-point trips, taxis and rideshares like Uber and Lyft operate across Glendale. Rideshare apps make securing a ride simple from any location, while taxi stands can be found at hotspots like the airport, casinos, and entertainment venues.

Charter Buses

For group transportation or special events, consider booking a charter bus. Party Bus Glendale provides charter buses seating anywhere from 18 to 56 passengers. Charter buses offer an affordable, comfortable way for groups to stay together when traveling to events or attractions around Glendale. Just sit back and leave the driving to the pros!

Ready to Get Started?

With an eclectic blend of entertainment, culture, sports event, and outdoor adventure, Glendale enthralls first-time visitors. Use this guide to experience the very best the city has to offer, getting around town with ease. For help planning group transportation for your Glendale getaway, call Party Bus Glendale at 480-210-6200. We’ll match you with the perfect charter bus rental for your group’s size and itinerary. Welcome to Glendale!