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Albuquerque to Scottsdale drive in 1 day

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 Pueblo of Acoma
 Payson (Arizona)
 Apache lake
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Albuquerque to Scottsdale road trip planner

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

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8:00 am  start in Albuquerque
drive for about 1 hour

9:09 am  Pueblo of Acoma
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:09 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:33 am  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:33 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

1:23 pm  Chambers
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:23 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:12 pm  Heber
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:12 pm
drive for about 54 minutes

6:06 pm  Payson (Arizona)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:06 pm
drive for about 1 hour

8:10 pm  Apache lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 9:10 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

10:05 pm  arrive in Scottsdale
stay at Hotel Valley Ho

driving ≈ 8 hours

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Albuquerque to Scottsdale questions

profile  Rhonda Ian asked:
Hwy 40 or 60  (1 answer)

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Albuquerque, New Mexico.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

Pueblo of Acoma

Gallup  (5 answers)



Payson (Arizona)  (3 answers)

Apache lake

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Scottsdale, Arizona.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

Where's the best place to stay in Scottsdale?

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 Scottsdale.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Valley Ho, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

W Scottsdale Hotel  (4 mentions)
Graduate Tempe  (2 mentions)

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

Where's the best place to eat in Scottsdale?

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:

Pig & Pickle  (6 mentions)
Cornish Pasty Co  (4 mentions)
Cafe Lalibela  (4 mentions)
SunUp Brewing Co  (3 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in Scottsdale?

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:

Camelback Mountain  (15 mentions)
Old Town Scottsdale  (9 mentions)
Cornish Pasty Co  (6 mentions)
Papago Park  (4 mentions)
Mill Avenue  (4 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 Scottsdale. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Scottsdale for a first time visitor?  (7 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Scottsdale?  (6 answers)

profile  Jon from Dayton asked:
Going to Scottsdale for 2 weeks -- places to eat and fun things to see?  (3 answers)

profile  Paul from New York City asked:
Best Burger in Scottsdale?  (2 answers)

profile  D from Orland Park asked:
Must Do in Scottsdale  (1 answer)

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

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 Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale. Or get a full Albuquerque to Scottsdale 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 408 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 21 minutes
Scottsdale is 1 hour behind Albuquerque
89 Albuquerque travel answers
5 Gallup travel answers
3 Payson (Arizona) travel answers
27 Scottsdale travel answers


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