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Distance between Washington, DC and Salt Lake City

Driving non-stop from Washington, DC to Salt Lake City

How far is Salt Lake City from Washington, DC? Here's the quick answer if you have friends taking shifts as driver so that you can make the entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 2,084 miles or 3354 km

Driving time: 30 hours, 35 minutes

This is a really long drive, so it's not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would actually take, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would be if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Washington, DC to Salt Lake City

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Washington, District of Columbia and Salt Lake City, Utah. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

Flight distance: 1,846 miles or 2971 km

Flight time: 4 hours, 11 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 238 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.1x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/7th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.





Washington, DC to Salt Lake City road trip

Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Washington, DC to Salt Lake City, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Salt Lake City, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over a number of days.

Road trip: 5 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 32.5 hours on the road with 4 overnights


Itinerary

Start in Washington, DC.

Drive for about 4 hours, then stop in Pittsburgh and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2 hours then stop in Cleveland. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 5 hours, then stop in Chicago and stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 5 hours, then stop in Des Moines and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2 hours then stop in Omaha. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 4 hours, then stop in North Platte and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 3.5 hours then stop in Cheyenne. Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 3.5 hours, then stop in Rock Springs and stay for about 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 3 hours and arrive in Salt Lake City.


To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:





Washington, DC to Salt Lake City airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Arrival airport: Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 10 minutes

Getting to your destination: 15 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from DCA to SLC on Delta Air Lines and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 4 hours, 36 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Washington, DC to Salt Lake City including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 7 hours


To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:





Plan a trip to Salt Lake City

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Salt Lake City. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel. A great place to eat might be Red Iguana. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Salt Lake City like Temple Square. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Salt Lake City like What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?. Click the button below to explore Salt Lake City in detail.





How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Salt Lake City to Washington, DC, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Washington, DC, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Washington, DC!






At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,084 miles
driving time of 30 hours, 35 minutes
flight distance is 1,846 miles
flight time of 4 hours, 11 minutes
Salt Lake City is 2 hours behind Washington, DC
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63 Salt Lake City travel answers






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