60 days in Phoenix & Central Arizona Itinerary

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Scottsdale
— 23 nights
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Florence
— 18 nights
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Wickenburg
— 18 nights
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Scottsdale — 23 nights

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Mesa Temple & Visitors' Center and St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West and KOLI Equestrian Center. Get out of town with these interesting Scottsdale side-trips: Maricopa (Dwarf Car Museum & Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club), Cave Creek (Cave Creek Regional Park, Spur Cross Ranch, &more) and Mesa (Las Sendas Golf Club & Usery Mountain Regional Park). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, play a few rounds at TPC Scottsdale, hike along Sunrise Peak Trail, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale trip maker tool.

Edmonton, Canada to Scottsdale is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in December, with highs in Scottsdale at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
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Florence — 18 nights

Florence is a town, 61mi southeast of Phoenix, in Pinal County of Arizona, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Gold Canyon Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery and The Windmill Winery. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Gold Canyon (Gold Canyon Resort - Sidewinder Golf Course, Gold Canyon Golf Resort, &more), Queen Creek (MD Ranch, San Tan Mountain Regional Park, &more) and Encanterra Country Club (in San Tan Valley). And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Poston Butte Golf Club, stop by Happy Adobe, appreciate the history behind Tom Mix Memorial, and get engrossed in the history at Pinal County Historical Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Drive from Scottsdale to Florence in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Florence when traveling from Scottsdale in December, with lows around 5°C. On the 13th (Fri), you're off to Wickenburg.
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Wickenburg — 18 nights

Wickenburg is a town primarily located in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with a portion in neighboring Yavapai County. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Desert Caballeros Western Museum and Gramma Lizards. Venture out of the city with trips to Peoria (Quintero Golf Club, Canyon Speedway Park, &more), Surprise (Arizona Traditions Golf Course, Granite Falls Golf Course, &more) and Lake Pleasant Regional Park (in Morristown). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hassayampa River Preserve, trek along Vulture Peak Trail, contemplate the long history of The Jail Tree, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Wickenburg holiday planner.

Getting from Florence to Wickenburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Wickenburg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Tue).
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