12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Petrified Forest National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Flagstaff
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Prescott
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Phoenix
— 2 nights
End: Phoenix

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night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the galleries of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, and then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument and then get engrossed in the history at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Albuquerque. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Petrified Forest National Park.

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert, then don't miss a visit to Painted Desert Inn, and then trek along Blue Mesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Crystal Forest Loop and then delve into the lush surroundings at Rainbow Forest.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Petrified Forest National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Petrified Forest National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Albuquerque in April, expect Petrified Forest National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Flagstaff.

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Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Crystal Forest Trail ©
Crystal Forest Trail

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Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): wander the streets of Historic Downtown and Railroad District and then explore the striking landscape of Wupatki National Monument.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Flagstaff travel planner .

Getting from Petrified Forest National Park to Flagstaff by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Flagstaff are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Sedona.

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Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You've now added Bear Mountain Trail to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sedona road trip planning site .

Getting from Flagstaff to Sedona by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, Sedona is somewhat warmer than Flagstaff - with highs of 72°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Prescott.

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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): ponder the design of Yavapai County Courthouse Square, then steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area, then explore by horseback at Lynx Lake Recreation Area, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Watson Lake. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Ian Russell Gallery of Fine Art, then get a taste of the local shopping with Newman Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Whiskey Row, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sharlot Hall Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Prescott vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Prescott takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Sedona in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Prescott, with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Phoenix.

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Watson Lake ©
Watson Lake
Downtown Historic Area ©
Downtown Historic Area
Sharlot Hall Museum ©
Sharlot Hall Museum

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Prescott to Phoenix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Prescott, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Phoenix, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Balloon Rides
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix ©

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