3 Days Trip to Albuquerque and Sedona

March 19, 2016

Mileage: ~1600
Starting point: Irvine, CA
States: AZ, NM
Budget for 6 people: $834 ($184 hotel, $250 gas, $350 food, $50 other)

  • Day 0: drive from Irvine, CA to Phoenix, AZ (360 mi, 6 h)
  • Day 1: drive from Phoenix, AZ to Albuquerque, NM (430 mi, 7 h)
  • Day 2: explore Albuquerque, NM; drive to Sedona, AZ (360 mi, 6 h)
  • Day 3: explore Sedona, AZ; drive home to Irvine, CA (470 mi, 7.5 h)

Day 0:

After work drive from Irvine, CA to Phoenix, AZ.

Day 1:

Our main destinations were Albuquerque and Sedona, and we didn’t plan to spend a lot of time in Phoenix. We only stopped in this city for the night and a quick drive through on our way to New Mexico. On our way:

Day 2:

The main reason why we went to Albuquerque is to see where the Breaking Bad was shot. But we were surprised to see that people are living in those houses, car wash and known as El Pollo Locco place run their own businesses :) I guess people got used to tourists and fans like us, but we tried to not disturb them. From the other hand, Albuquerque has a unique colorful old town. We really enjoyed walking there, but it took some time to figure out how to use their old parking system.

Albuquerque old town:

Octopus car wash from the Breaking Bad:

El Pollo Locco:

Hank and Marie House:

Day 3:

Sedona is known for its red sandstone formations. It is also believed to be a very energetic place, where people can have different emotions coming through. Sedona offers a lot of great hikes, but we had limited time and we only made the most popular Devil's Bridge hike. It's a 4-miles roundtrip loop with breathtaking views with a natural bridge on the way.

Devil’s Bridge: