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Barstow to Chicago drive

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  Barstow
 Las Vegas
 Bryce Canyon National Park
 Arches National Park
 Denver
 Ogallala
 Des Moines
   Chicago 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Barstow to Chicago road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Barstow
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:22 pm  Las Vegas
stay overnight at Bellagio Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Bellagio Hotel
drive for about 5 hours

1:50 pm  Bryce Canyon National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:50 pm
drive for about 5 hours

8:05 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 10 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 6 hours

4:05 pm  Denver
stay overnight at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
drive for about 3 hours

12:06 pm  Ogallala
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:06 pm
drive for about 6.5 hours

7:35 pm  Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 5

11:00 am  leave from Des Moines
drive for about 5 hours

4:03 pm  arrive in Chicago
stay at The James Chicago Hotel

day 5 driving ≈ 5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Barstow, California.

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?

Las Vegas  (294 answers)
    Downtown Container Park  (15 mentions)
    Fremont Street Experience  (15 mentions)
    High Roller  (10 mentions)
    The Mob Museum  (8 mentions)
    Neon Museum  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Las Vegas:
        Giada
        Mon Ami Gabi
        Wicked Spoon
        Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
        Lotus of Siam
    hotels around Las Vegas:
        Bellagio Hotel
        MGM Grand Las Vegas
        Wynn Hotel Las Vegas
        Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
        The Cosmopolitan
    questions about Las Vegas:
        Best new restaurants in Vegas?
        What time of year is the best for scoring a cheap deals in Las Vegas
        Best tips and casinos for first time gambler?
        Is it better to stay on or off the Las Vegas strip?
        Top things to do in Las Vegas that don't include gambling?

Bryce Canyon National Park  (35 mentions)
    questions about Bryce Canyon National Park:
        Poisonous plants/ Venomous animals in Bryce Canyon

Arches National Park  (34 mentions)

Denver  (166 answers)
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science  (15 mentions)
    Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
    Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
    LoDo  (11 mentions)
    Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Denver:
        Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
        Rioja
        Acorn
        Root Down
        Bistro Vendome
    hotels around Denver:
        The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
        The Crawford Hotel
        Four Seasons Hotel Denver
        Hotel Teatro
        the Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Best small music venues?
        Fun outdoor activities in Denver?

Ogallala

Des Moines  (18 answers)
    questions about Des Moines:
        What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?
        Any good hiking spots in or near Des Moines?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Chicago, Illinois.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Chicago?

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 Chicago.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Chicago to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The James Chicago Hotel, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Palomar Chicago  (9 mentions)
Virgin Hotels Chicago  (8 mentions)
Thompson Chicago  (6 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Chicago?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, which was mentioned 36 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pequod's Pizza  (26 mentions)
Girl & the Goat  (24 mentions)
Big Star  (23 mentions)
Au Cheval  (17 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Chicago?

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:

Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 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 Chicago. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Sunil from Mountain View asked:
Best Chicago pizza?  (18 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?  (15 answers)

profile  Blair from Halifax asked:
What to do in one weekend in Chicago?  (14 answers)

profile  지은 from asked:
airport transportation  (14 answers)

profile  Stacey from Jackson, Mississippi asked:
What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?  (12 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,902 miles
driving time of 26 hours, 52 minutes
Chicago is 2 hours ahead of Barstow
11 Barstow travel answers
294 Las Vegas travel answers
166 Denver travel answers
1 Ogallala travel answer
18 Des Moines travel answers
286 Chicago travel answers





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