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Scottsdale to Albuquerque drive in 1 day

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 Apache lake
 Payson (Arizona)
 Petrified Forest National Park
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV


Scottsdale to Albuquerque road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Scottsdale to Albuquerque. If you're planning a road trip to Albuquerque, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Scottsdale and Albuquerque. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Scottsdale and Albuquerque. 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 Scottsdale
drive for about 56 minutes

8:56 am  Apache lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 9:56 am
drive for about 1 hour

10:59 am  Payson (Arizona)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:59 am
drive for about 54 minutes

12:53 pm  Heber
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:53 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:17 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:17 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:37 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:37 pm
drive for about 56 minutes

7:33 pm  Grants
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:33 pm
drive for about 1 hour

9:45 pm  arrive in Albuquerque
stay at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center

driving ≈ 8 hours

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Scottsdale to Albuquerque questions

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

Where should I stop along the way?

Apache lake

Payson (Arizona)  (3 answers)


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

Gallup  (6 answers)


Where's the best place to stay in Albuquerque?

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 Albuquerque.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

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

Where's the best place to eat in Albuquerque?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Frontier Restaurant, which was mentioned 2 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Standard Diner  (2 mentions)
Frontier Restaurant  (2 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in Albuquerque?

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:

Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
Explora!  (2 mentions)
Nob Hill  (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 Albuquerque. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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

profile  Erin from Salt Lake City asked:
Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?  (2 answers)

profile  Alecia from Kailua Kona asked:
Temporary home!  (2 answers)

profile  Mary Ann from Orlando asked:
Where to stay  (1 answer)

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

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 Albuquerque to Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale to Albuquerque. Or get a full Scottsdale to Albuquerque 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 Scottsdale well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Scottsdale!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 408 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 21 minutes
Albuquerque is 1 hour ahead of Scottsdale
31 Scottsdale travel answers
3 Payson (Arizona) travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
6 Gallup travel answers
1 Grants travel answer
91 Albuquerque travel answers


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