Luke AFB, AZ - Nearby Cities

    Avondale, AZ
    Avondale is a city of 81,000 people and is home to the Phoenix International Raceway. The town got its name from a nearby ranch and is located just 7 miles from the Luke Air Force Base. The close proximity to the base makes the town a popular location for military personnel and their families who are looking to relocate to the area. Avondale is located in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area. Houses for sale in the area start at $80,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Rentals in the area start at a monthly rate of $379 for a one bedroom, one bath unit. Hotels such as Holiday Inn and the Homewood Suites offer temporary lodging for visitors. Amenities include free wireless internet and a microwave/refrigerator in each room with rates starting at $143 a night. Local attractions include the Phoenix International Raceway that hosts such events as the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, the NASCAR Busch Series, and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The raceway welcomes thousands of visitors a year. Friendship Park is also nearby with soccer fields and an off-leash dog park. Reservations for use of the park can be made through city hall.

    Glendale, AZ
    Located about 9 miles from the city of Phoenix, Glendale is a city with a population of 246,000 people. Glendale is home to the Arizona Cardinals Football team and University of Phoenix Stadium. Luke Air Force Base is just 11 miles from the city offering military personnel and their families a thriving community in which to live. The town was home to Super Bowl XLII and is known as "Arizona's Antique Capital". Light metro rail service is soon to be added to the city making accessibility easier to the surrounding communities. Houses for sale in the area start at $134,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Rentals in the area start at a monthly rate of $489 for a one bedroom, one bath unit. Hotels such as the Comfort Suites and the Ramada offer temporary lodging for visitors. Amenities include free wireless internet and a microwave/refrigerator in each room with rates starting at $75 a night. Local attractions include Jungle Jim's Playland which offers many thrilling rollercoasters as well as a miniature golf course and other family fun activities. A unique attraction is the Katydid Insect Museum which allows visitors to take a guided tour through thousands of mounted bugs and insects in display cases. Kids who love bug collecting will find the museum fascinating. Also nearby is the Adobe Dam Family Golf Center which offers a large driving range and individual and group lessons taught by a PGA professional.

    Peoria, AZ
    Peoria is a city in Maricopa county that has a current population of 142,000 people. The city is the fourth-largest city in the state of Arizona in land area and ninth-largest in terms of number of people. Peoria is located just 11 miles from the Luke Air Force Base, and it was named one of the "Top 100 Places to Live" per the 2008 Money Magazine. The first modern irrigation ditch was built in the Salt River Valley in 1868 and changed the way that water was distributed in the area. Houses for sale in the area start at $213,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Rentals in the area start at a monthly rate of $612 for a one bedroom, one bath unit. Hotels such as the Holiday Inn Express and the Hampton Inn offer temporary lodging for visitors. Amenities include free wireless internet and complimentary breakfasts with rates starting at 119 a night. Local attractions include the Challenger Space Center which offers simulated space missions and tours as well as numerous exhibits showcasing astronauts and their experiences. Another nearby attraction is Pump It Up which is an indoor gym filled with giant inflatables that is designed to give kids a workout. The Arrowhead Towne Center also offers many shopping, dining, and entertainment venues in the downtown area and is known for its new age architecture.

    Sun City, AZ
    Sun City is a city with a current population of 38,000 and is known as a community that has many retirement communities frequented by snowbirds. The city is geared to be a planned community with specific retirement neighborhoods and has remained so for the last 40 years. Located just 11 miles from the Luke Air Force Base, the town offers a peaceful and laid-back place to live for those wanting an easy commute to work. Houses for sale in the area start at $137,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Rentals in the area start at a monthly rate of $489 for a one bedroom, one bath unit. Hotels such as the Days Inn and the Quality Inn offer temporary lodging for visitors. Amenities include free wireless internet and complimentary breakfasts with rates starting at $79 a night. Local attractions include multiple championship golf courses which offer rolling greens and interesting water hazards. There are many lessons for all level of players and golf cart and golf equipment rentals are also available. The Sun Cities Area Historical Society is housed in the first house that was built in Sun City. The society collects and preserves records showing the history of the city's beginnings, and it is open daily for visitors to view.

    El Mirage, AZ
    El Mirage is a city in Maricopa County and has a current population of 40,000 people. The town occupies 10 square miles and is located just 11 miles from the Luke Air Force Base. With its close proximity to the base, the town is a popular destination for military personnel and their families who are looking to relocate to the area. The short commute allows residents the advantage of in a moderate-sized community and still being only a short distance from work. Houses for sale in the area start at $137,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Rentals in the area start at a monthly rate of $489 for a one bedroom, one bath unit. Hotels such as the Days Inn and the Quality Inn offer temporary lodging for visitors. Amenities include free wireless internet and complimentary breakfasts with rates starting at $79 a night. Local attractions include the Challenger Space Center where children and adults can experience what it is like to be an astronaut in space. Exhibits include a simulated mission which gives one the feeling of zero gravity. Other exhibits include the International Space Station and pictures form the Hubble telescope. The local sky is also highlighted in the attached planetarium.

    Surprise, AZ
    Surprise is a rapidly growing community that has seen its population grow from 30,000 in 2000 to 109,000 by December 2008. It is the fastest-growing city in Arizona. A large part of the community is retirement community residents and snowbirds. Located just 10 miles from the Luke Air Force Base, Surprise is a thriving city with a multitude of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Homebuilders have been highly successful in the city as homes are moderately priced and real estate taxes are some of the lowest in the state. Surprise has many unique advantages for those military personnel looking to relocate to the area. Houses for sale in the area start at $99,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Rentals in the area start at a monthly rate of $525 for a one bedroom, one bath unit. Hotels such as the Days Inn and the Holiday Inn Express offer temporary lodging for visitors. Amenities include free wireless internet and complimentary breakfasts with rates starting at $126 a night. Local attractions include the Aquatics Center which is a 10,000 square foot facility that offers a 4,700-square foot play area and an eight-lane competition pool. The pool also contains two slides and a vortex whirlpool. The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex also offers drop-in tennis to visitors and has league play as well. The complex even hosts professional tennis exhibition games here during the year.

    Phoenix, AZ
    Phoenix is home to over a million and a half people and is the largest city in the state of Arizona. The city is known as being in the "Valley of the Sun" and is considered a hub of transportation, finance, and economics. Located just 11 miles from the Luke Air Force Base, the city offers an amazingly diverse population of people with one of the hottest climates in the country. The introduction of the railroad in 1888 was the first major boost to the Phoenix economy. It has been the fastest-growing city in the United States behind Las Vegas. Houses for sale in the area start at 159,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Rentals in the area start at a monthly rate of $400 for a one bedroom, one bath unit. Hotels such as the Holiday Inn Express and the Wyndham offer temporary lodging for visitors. Amenities include free wireless internet and complimentary breakfasts with rates starting at $144 a night. Local attractions include the Heard Museum which has over 32,000 pieces of fine art that is rich in the cultural heritage of the area. The museum is unique in its displays and is host to several specialty exhibitions throughout the year. Chase Field is an iconic landmark stadium which was the first to have a retractable roof in case of inclement weather. The Arizona Diamondbacks play at the stadium. Other concerts and trade shows are held at the field year-round, and the metro line offers easy access to the stadium as well.