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Boulder to New York City drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days   /   no pets


Boulder to New York City road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Boulder
drive for about 4 hours

1:56 pm  North Platte
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:56 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:11 pm  Hastings (Nebraska)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Hastings (Nebraska)
drive for about 4.5 hours

1:32 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:32 pm
drive for about 5 hours

7:35 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 9.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 4 hours

1:59 pm  Toledo (Ohio)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:59 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:48 pm  Cleveland
stay overnight at The Cleveland Hostel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from The Cleveland Hostel
drive for about 5.5 hours

3:42 pm  Wilkes Barre
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:42 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:55 pm  arrive in New York City
eat at Katz's Delicatessen
stay at The Standard New York

day 4 driving ≈ 8 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Boulder, Colorado.

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?

North Platte  (2 answers)
Hastings (Nebraska)  (2 answers)
    questions about Hastings (Nebraska):
        Places to go
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?
Chicago  (270 answers)
    Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
    The Art Institute of Chicago  (48 mentions)
    Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
    Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
    Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 mentions)
    restaurants around Chicago:
        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        Pequod's Pizza
        Girl & the Goat
        Big Star
        Au Cheval
    hotels around Chicago:
        The James Chicago Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Chicago
        Acme Hotel Company Chicago
        Virgin Hotels Chicago
        Thompson Chicago
    questions about Chicago:
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?
Toledo (Ohio)  (8 answers)
    Toledo Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Toledo (Ohio):
        Where's a fun place for breakfast in Toledo Ohio?
Cleveland  (44 answers)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (13 mentions)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (6 mentions)
    West Side Market  (6 mentions)
    Great Lakes Brewing Company  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Cleveland:
        Lola
        Lolita
        The Greenhouse Tavern
        Melt Bar & Grilled
        L'Albatros
    hotels around Cleveland:
        The Cleveland Hostel
    questions about Cleveland:
        Good restaurants for business dinner?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?
        New to the city, friend coming to visit: What should we do?
        Vegetarian near Playhouse Square
        Best breweries in Cleveland?
Wilkes Barre  (4 answers)
    questions about Wilkes Barre:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Wilkes Barre?
        What's the best neighborhood in Wilkes Barre for a first time visitor?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is New York, New York.

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



Where's the best place to stay in New York City?

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 New York City.

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

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Standard New York, which was mentioned 15 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Ace Hotel New York  (15 mentions)
The Plaza  (14 mentions)
Hotel Gansevoort  (12 mentions)
Crosby Street Hotel  (11 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in New York City? Click the blue button below.





Where's the best place to eat in New York City?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Katz's Delicatessen, which was mentioned 37 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Shake Shack  (23 mentions)
Lombardi's Pizza  (20 mentions)
Balthazar Restaurant  (19 mentions)
Eataly  (19 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in New York City? Click the blue button below.





What are some things to do in New York City?

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:

Central Park  (149 mentions)
High Line Park  (110 mentions)
Statue of Liberty  (69 mentions)
Times Square  (59 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 New York City. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Chris from Manhattan Beach asked:
Where do the cool kids stay in NYC these days?  (37 answers)

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Is it a good idea to visit NYC in December?  (27 answers)

profile  Julia from Paris asked:
free or cheap things to do in NYC  (23 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?  (23 answers)

profile  Phil from Seattle asked:
48 Hours in NYC - I NEED to know the best Pizza spots!  (23 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to New York City.





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 New York City to Boulder 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 Boulder to New York City. Or get a full Boulder to New York City 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 Boulder well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Boulder!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,795 miles
driving time of 27 hours, 40 minutes
New York City is 2 hours ahead of Boulder
36 Boulder travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
2 Hastings (Nebraska) travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
270 Chicago travel answers
8 Toledo (Ohio) travel answers
44 Cleveland travel answers
4 Wilkes Barre travel answers
589 New York City travel answers





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