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Albuquerque to Phoenix drive

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  Albuquerque
 Laguna (New Mexico)
 Gallup
 Petrified Forest National Park
 Heber
 Payson (Arizona)
 McDowell Mountain Regional Park
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Albuquerque to Phoenix road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Albuquerque to Phoenix. If you're planning a road trip to Phoenix, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Albuquerque and Phoenix. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Albuquerque and Phoenix. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Albuquerque
drive for about 48 minutes

10:48 am  Laguna (New Mexico)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:48 am
drive for about 2 hours

1:37 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:37 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:13 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Petrified Forest National Park
drive for about 2 hours

11:50 am  Heber
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:50 pm
drive for about 54 minutes

1:44 pm  Payson (Arizona)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:44 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:51 pm  McDowell Mountain Regional Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:51 pm
drive for about 35 minutes

5:26 pm  arrive in Phoenix
eat at Chelsea's Kitchen
stay at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Laguna (New Mexico)

Gallup  (6 answers)

Petrified Forest National Park  (6 answers)
    Petrified Forest National Park  (2 mentions)

Heber

Payson (Arizona)  (3 answers)

McDowell Mountain Regional Park  (3 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Phoenix?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Phoenix.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Want to research more popular hotels in Phoenix? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Phoenix?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chelsea's Kitchen, which was mentioned 6 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

SunUp Brewing Co  (3 mentions)
The Parlor Pizzeria  (3 mentions)
The Clever Koi  (2 mentions)
Crudo  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Phoenix? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Phoenix?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
Frances  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Phoenix. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?  (17 answers)

profile  Dea from New York City asked:
Best restaurants in Phoenix?  (9 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson  (9 answers)

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?  (6 answers)

profile  Hillary from Atlanta asked:
Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?  (5 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Phoenix.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Phoenix to Albuquerque drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Albuquerque to Phoenix. Or get a full Albuquerque to Phoenix flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Albuquerque well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Albuquerque!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 418 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 32 minutes
Phoenix is 1 hour behind Albuquerque
91 Albuquerque travel answers
6 Gallup travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
3 Payson (Arizona) travel answers
121 Phoenix travel answers





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