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Avondale is a city in Maricopa County, in the state of Arizona, in the United States of America. It is 19 miles from Phoenix, Arizona. All New England, plus the state of Pennsylvania would fit inside Arizona. The mostly residential and light commercial city serves as a bedroom community for the greater Phoenix area.
Phoenix has an economy based on tourism, mining, and IT companies. It is home to four Fortune 500 Companies including Avnet (electronics), Freeport-McMoRan (mining), PetSmart (retailer), and Republic Services (waste). Phoenix also provides office space and other facilities for Honeywell’s Aerospace division, Intel, American Express, U-Haul, and Best Western.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Avondale offers unique options for entertainment. It is the home of the Phoenix International Raceway, an auto racing facility. Also known as PIR, this is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track that hosts annual NASCAR races, Indycar Series, CART, USAC, and the Rolex Sports Car Series. The facilities are also used for other entertainment, such as concerts. One location that shouldn’t be missed in the area is the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. This 140 acre (57 ha) botanical garden highlights more than 21,000 plants, many of which are native to the area. The garden has a large selection of rare, threatened, or endangered species. Specialties in the garden include the collection of agave and cacti. There are several shade houses to protect the plants that are from less extreme climates. The gardens have an Australian collection, a Baja California collection, and a South American collection with plants that have adapted to desert conditions. The gardens represent a several ecosystems with mesquite bosque, semi-desert grassland, and upland chaparral. Dining options in Avondale include Raul and Theresa’s Mexican, Palermos Pizza, Islands Fine Burgers, Ono Hawaiian BBQ, Claim Jumper, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill.
The nearest major airport to Avondale is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This airport offers international and domestic flights from Phoenix, Arizona, 24 miles from the city center. The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, featuring domestic flights from Mesa, Arizona also serves the area and is 54 miles from Avondale. The city offers a number of public transportation alternatives for residents and visitors, including a fixed-route bus service, Phoenix Dial-A-Ride, ADA service, and a taxi-subsidy program.