21 days in Oklahoma, Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Oklahoma, Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Oklahoma, Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Oklahoma City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Page
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Tucson
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City ©
Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Stafford Air & Space Museum and Express Clydesdales. Get out of town with these interesting Oklahoma City side-trips: Oklahoma State University (in Stillwater) and Oklahoma County Auto Trim and Mini Museum (in Arcadia). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Osteology, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Oklahoma City day trip website .

Dallas to Oklahoma City is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in December, expect Oklahoma City to be a bit cooler, temps between 51°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Oklahoma State University, Express Clydesdales, Oklahoma County Auto Trim and Mini Museum, Stafford Air & Space Museum
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Stafford Air & Space Museum ©
Stafford Air & Space Museum
SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology
SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology

2
nights
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, and then enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Page road trip planning website .

You can fly from Oklahoma City to Page in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Oklahoma City to Page, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

5
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and stroll through Rim Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Page to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Page in December, with lows around 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Bring the kids along to Shamrock Farms and McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Phoenix: Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary (in Scottsdale) and Watson's Hat Shop (in Cave Creek). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, see Off-Road Tours, meet the residents at Phoenix Zoo, and explore by horseback at KOLI Equestrian Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix road trip planning site .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 68°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Watson's Hat Shop, KOLI Equestrian Center, Shamrock Farms
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Shamrock Farms ©
Shamrock Farms
Phoenix Zoo ©
Phoenix Zoo
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park ©
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

4
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Kids will enjoy Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Biosphere 2 (in Oracle) and Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch (in Picacho). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, meet the residents at Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo, take in breathtaking views at Sabino Canyon, and get to know the resident critters at Reid Park Zoo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tucson trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Tucson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tucson when traveling from Phoenix in December, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory, Asarco Mineral Discovery Center, Biosphere 2, Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, Kitt Peak National Observatory
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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory ©
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory
Kitt Peak National Observatory ©
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Biosphere 2 ©
Biosphere 2

4
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Attractions like Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and Mineralogical Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Albuquerque side-trips: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo), Socorro (Vertu Fine Art Gallery & National Radio Astronomy Observatory) and Santa Fe (Santa Fe Plaza & Georgia O'Keeffe Museum). The adventure continues: get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park, get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and meet the residents at Albuquerque Bio-Park Bugarium.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque sightseeing site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tucson to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tucson in December; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 49°F and lows reach 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Socorro, Santa Fe, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, A Park Above
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ABQ BioPark Zoo ©
ABQ BioPark Zoo
A Park Above ©
A Park Above

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