8 days in Phoenix & Central Arizona Itinerary

8 days in Phoenix & Central Arizona Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Drive to Florence
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Florence
— 1 night
Drive
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Wickenburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Scottsdale
— 5 nights
Fly

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Florence — 1 night

Florence is a town, 61mi southeast of Phoenix, in Pinal County of Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and then relax in the rural setting at Queen Creek Olive Mill. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery and then play a few rounds at Gold Canyon Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Dallas to Florence is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Dallas to Florence, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, you will find days in Florence are a bit warmer (102°F), and nights are about the same (80°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Wickenburg.
Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Wickenburg — 1 night

Wickenburg is a town primarily located in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with a portion in neighboring Yavapai County. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get engrossed in the history at Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wickenburg day trip planning website.

Drive from Florence to Wickenburg in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Wickenburg are 105°F, while nighttime lows are 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Scottsdale.
Tours · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Scottsdale — 5 nights

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. You'll explore and learn at Musical Instrument Museum and Superstition Mountain Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and Arizona Scenic Tours - Day Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Scottsdale: Lucidi Distilling Co. (in Peoria) and Lost Dutchman State Park (in Apache Junction). And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Troon North Golf Club, have fun and explore at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, sample the fine beverages at Arizona Distilling Co, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesa Temple & Visitors' Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Scottsdale trip planner.

You can drive from Wickenburg to Scottsdale in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Scottsdale can reach 106°F, while at night they dip to 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips

Phoenix & Central Arizona travel guide

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Gardens · Specialty Museums · Golf Courses