24 days in Phoenix & Central Arizona & Albuquerque Itinerary

24 days in Phoenix & Central Arizona & Albuquerque Itinerary

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Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Drive to Wickenburg
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Wickenburg
— 3 nights
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Scottsdale
— 7 nights
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Albuquerque
— 12 nights
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Wickenburg — 3 nights

Wickenburg is a town primarily located in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with a portion in neighboring Yavapai County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wickenburg: Surprise (Justice Brothers U-Pick & Truman Ranch II). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Desert Caballeros Western Museum, trek along Vulture Peak Trail, identify plant and animal life at Hassayampa River Preserve, and make a trip to The Jail Tree.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Wickenburg trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Wickenburg is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Sydney to Wickenburg. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Wickenburg, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Scottsdale.
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Scottsdale — 7 nights

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Phoenix (Off-Road Tours, Horseback Riding Tours, &more), Cave Creek Olive Oil Company (in Cave Creek) and Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve (in Glendale). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin West, wander the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, and explore the world behind art at Heard Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Scottsdale road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wickenburg to Scottsdale takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 12 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Get out of town with these interesting Albuquerque side-trips: Los Alamos (Bandelier National Monument & Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op), Santa Fe (ViVO Contemporary, Canyon Road, &more) and Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planning site.

You can fly from Scottsdale to Albuquerque in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Albuquerque is slightly colder than Scottsdale - with highs of 11°C and lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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