With a total of 50 states plus 14 territories overseas and a tally of 19,495 cities, there’s clearly no shortage of places to visit in the United States. Thus, finding a place to vacation is never a problem. Factor in the ease of finding vacation properties and transportation options for cheap, and you’re ready to go on your next adventure.
One underrated location that’s worth looking into is the city of Chandler in Arizona. This rarely talked about city is a gem hiding a myriad of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. So, go book a trip and pack your bags!
Named after Dr. A.J. Chandler, a veterinarian that settled in the area back in 1891, the town itself started around 1912 but was not incorporated until 1920 with Dr. Chandler as its first-ever mayor.
Located 20 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Chandler has become one of the premier destinations to visit in Arizona. If it’s your first time planning a trip to Chandler, read on to find out more.
Where to Stay
Though much of the accommodations in Chandler are predominantly occupied by hotel chains, travelers can still find lots of other options in the form of vacation rentals. Thanks to the growing popularity of the sharing economy, there are lots of homes, condos, and apartments that can be found on various online booking sites.
The great thing about choosing vacation properties for your accommodation is the control it affords you. Find a space big enough to accommodate large groups or a tiny home fit for a traveling party of one. You can even choose whether the rental opts for eco-friendly alternatives when it comes to their plant-based cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toiletries, and other household essentials.
Whatever your preferences are, finding exactly what you want is easy enough when you choose to stay at a vacation home instead of a hotel. Once you’ve made a selection, don’t forget to look into the activities and events that are near your lodgings.
What to Do
This family-friendly city may not have a lot of theme parks or large casinos like neighboring Las Vegas; nonetheless, there are still many things to see and do in this city. Here are a few examples.
Veterans Oasis Park
Enjoy over 100 acres of desert habitats and wetlands where you can go hiking, biking, and fishing. There are also several picnic areas, or you can take part in a self-guided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk. Situated in the eastern part of Chandler, visitors can easily find the park by checking Google Maps from the Airbnb you are staying at.
Arizona Railway Museum
Learn about the rich history and heritage of the Arizona railroads through this outdoor and open-air museum. Explore the fantastic re-creations of the Chandler Train Depot and marvel at a variety of beautifully restored train cars. Bring along a train enthusiast. The museum is open from noon to 4pm on weekends.
Visitors who come around March will surely get a kick of this unique festival. The Ostrich Festival celebrates the city’s long-standing tradition of ostrich ranching. This well-loved ostrich-themed event has everything from live ostrich races, parades, carnival rides, a petting zoo, and food stalls. Whether you are young or old, this festival will draw you in. Often held at the Tumbleweed Park, be sure to ask the hosts of vacation rentals all about it.
Ever wondered what it was like to live in the Wild Wild West? Now’s your chance. Mosey on over to the Rawhide Western Town & Event Center. Here, you and your friends can watch gunfight and stunt shows. You can try to pan for gold, straddle a mechanical bull, go rock climbing, or watch a real blacksmith forge metal objects.
If you’re traveling with kids, they will surely love going on a train ride, petting animals in the mini zoo, or trying out the kiddie coaster. Don’t forget to take old-timey photos in western garb while you’re there.
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Do you have the need for speed? Motorheads can’t get enough of this 440-acre, multi-use facility. Home to countless drag races, car shows, and racing events, the tracks attract both spectator and racing legends. Check out their schedule to see if there’s a racing event before you come to visit.