21 days in Oklahoma, Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Oklahoma, Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

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Oklahoma City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Page
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Phoenix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tucson
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Phoenix, Fly to Albuquerque
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Oklahoma City

— 2 nights

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Kids will enjoy Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and Oklahoma State University. Explore Oklahoma City's surroundings by going to Oklahoma County Auto Trim and Mini Museum (in Arcadia) and Stafford Air & Space Museum (in Weatherford). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, get a new perspective on nature at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and wander the wide-open spaces of Express Clydesdales.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Oklahoma City road trip website.

Dallas to Oklahoma City is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dallas in December; daily highs in Oklahoma City reach 51°F and lows reach 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Page

— 2 nights

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend, and then have fun at Gunfighter Canyon. Keep things going the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Page trip tool.

You can fly from Oklahoma City to Page in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Page are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grand Canyon Village and Rim Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Yaki Point, engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, and make a trip to Pipe Creek Vista.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Page to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Page in December, expect little chillier with lows of 15°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Childrens Museums

Phoenix

— 3 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shamrock Farms and McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Phoenix: Watson's Hat Shop (in Cave Creek) and Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary (in Scottsdale). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, ride a horse along KOLI Equestrian Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Phoenix Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, expect Phoenix to be much warmer, temps between 68°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Tucson

— 4 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Family-friendly places like Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tucson: Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory (in Mount Lemmon), Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch (in Picacho) and Biosphere 2 (in Oracle). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon, see the sky in a new way at Kitt Peak National Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vista Sun Wheel, and sample the tasty concoctions at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tucson travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Tucson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Phoenix in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tucson, with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albuquerque: Santa Fe (Santa Fe Plaza & Georgia O'Keeffe Museum), Socorro (Vertu Fine Art Gallery & Mineralogical Museum) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Albuquerque Biological Park, look for gifts at The Candy Lady, and engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tucson to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tucson in December, expect Albuquerque to be little chillier, temps between 49°F and 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Oklahoma travel guide

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Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.