In the shadows of the Estrella Mountains, where the Agua Fria and Gila Rivers meet, Avondale encourages visitors to get out end enjoy peace and quiet, or zooms and vrooms.

Would you prefer a day of quiet or a day of thrills? In Avondale, take your pick.

Nestled at the base of the scenic Estrella Mountains where the Agua Fria and Gila Rivers meet, yet right off of Interstate 10, Avondale is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Phoenix and a stone’s throw from the major-league sports teams of Glendale, but this West Valley community has plenty to offer right in town.

Wear sunscreen – Avondale’s Friendship Park has enough activities to fill a day or two. Bring your racket for tennis, your cleats for soccer, a glove for baseball, some treats for the residents of the duck pond, Fido for the dog park, and your camera for the Japanese Friendship Garden.

For higher-octane thrills, head to Phoenix International Raceway’s one-mile, low-banked tri-oval racetrack at the base of the Estrella Mountains, for roaring NASCAR races. It currently hosts two race weekends, as well as several other series.

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