Glendale: this year’s Super Bowl city
Scores of people are currently making their way to the U.S city of Glendale at the moment as we creep ever closer to the biggest sporting event of the American football calendar: The Super Bowl.
It may not be as well known as its bigger brother, Phoenix, but it's still a city that has enough going on for it to be a place to stop off during an American road trip.
Believe it or not, USA Today picked Historic Downtown Glendale in their top 10 of the best places to shop in the country. Comprised of two districts Caitlin Court and Old Towne, it is an area of many types of world food eateries, niche stores and world renowned antique shops (which has led to the city being regularly referred to as the capital of antiques.)
For those in the mood to mooch about a mall, the Arrowhead Towne Center is situated a short while away which boasts the likes of JC Penny, Macy's and Sears and has many places where you can grab a bite to eat.
For those who enjoy a bit of exercise, the fresh air Glendale is great. Cycling tracks are available across the city's many parks and hosts a yearly family-based bike event. There are also many different trails on offer, such as the Grand Canal Linear Park, which is around 3 miles long, or Thunderbird Park, which is an area that is comprised of a range of trails that amount to about 20 miles.
Cycling through one of Glendale's parks is great way to spend a day.
Challenger Space Center
Interested in space? The CSC exhibits many items used throughout America's journeys into space and it is the only space exploration museum in the whole state of Arizona. Fun activities include a space mission simulation, a planetarium and they often get special orators in to discuss previous cosmological assignments.
The Space Center in all its glory. Image courtesy of VisitGlendale.
If you are in any way a fan of chocolate-related food stuffs then Glendale Chocolate Affaire is the place to head. As well as classic items lie toffees and fudge, there are also obscure things such as chocolate flavoured crisps and popcorn. The event, which involves 30+ stalls of chocolatey offerings, starts today and will run till Sunday - the day of the Superbowl. I suppose that's not a bad way of spending a day or two before the big game.
Chocolate covered strawberries. Image courtesy of Fabulous Arizona.