60 days in North Central Arizona Itinerary

60 days in North Central Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Central Arizona trip planner

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Payson
— 18 nights
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Clarkdale
— 21 nights
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Prescott
— 20 nights

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Payson

Payson ©
Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rim Country Museum and Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tonto National Monument and Mogollon Rim. Venture out of the city with trips to Three Mile Wash (in Roosevelt), Globe (Historic District, Besh Ba Gowah, &more) and Phoenix Wilderness Adventures (in Young). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery, explore the striking landscape of Water Wheel Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Ellison Creek Waterfall, and admire the majestic nature at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Payson trip builder.

Seattle to Payson is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Payson due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect nights in Payson to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. You'll set off for Clarkdale on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Payson

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Globe, Roosevelt, Pine, San Carlos, Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tonto National Monument ©
Tonto National Monument
Besh Ba Gowah ©
Besh Ba Gowah
Mogollon Rim ©
Mogollon Rim

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Clarkdale

Clarkdale ©
Clarkdale is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate Jerome State Historic Park and Arizona Copper Art Museum. Escape the urban bustle at V-Bar-V Heritage Site and Douglas Mansion. Venture out of the city with trips to Rimrock (Montezuma Well & Medicine Wheel Lodge Spiritual Day Lodge & Wolf Sanctuary) and Camp Verde (Copper Star Indoor Shooting Range, Montezuma Castle National Monument, &more). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with Clarkdale Kayak Co., get engrossed in the history at Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum, see the interesting displays at Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum, and learn about winemaking at Page Springs Cellars.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Clarkdale day trip planning site.

You can drive from Payson to Clarkdale in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Prescott.

Things to do in Clarkdale

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Cottonwood, Jerome, Camp Verde, Cornville, Rimrock
Highlights from your plan
Arizona Copper Art Museum ©
Arizona Copper Art Museum
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Montezuma Well ©
Montezuma Well

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Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Get a sense of the local culture at Downtown Historic Area and Sedona Adventure Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Doe Mountain Trail and Bear Mountain Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Prescott: Sedona (Soldier Pass, Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Sharlot Hall Museum, admire the masterpieces at Phippen Museum, hike along Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail, and explore the activities along Goldwater Lake.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Prescott trip planner.

Drive from Clarkdale to Prescott in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Clarkdale in October, Prescott is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Prescott

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Sedona, Glassford Summit Trail
Highlights from your plan
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Sharlot Hall Museum ©
Sharlot Hall Museum