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California to Toronto drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   9 days



California to Toronto road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from California to Toronto. If you're planning a road trip to Toronto, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start at California
drive for about 33.5 hours

5:27 pm (next day)  Salt Lake City
stay overnight at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 33.5 hours

 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
drive for about 3 hours

1:48 pm  Rock Springs
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Rock Springs
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:40 pm  Cheyenne
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:40 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:47 pm  North Platte
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from North Platte
drive for about 6 hours

4:04 pm  Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 5

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

4:03 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 5 hours

 Day 6

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

2:09 pm  Detroit
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:09 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:58 pm  arrive in Toronto
eat at St. Lawrence Market
stay at The Drake Hotel

day 6 driving ≈ 8 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is California, Maryland.

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?

Salt Lake City  (63 answers)
    Temple Square  (8 mentions)
    Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
    Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
    Red Butte Garden & Arboretum  (2 mentions)
    The Beehive House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Red Iguana
        Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
        Pig and A Jelly Jar
    hotels around Salt Lake City:
        Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
        Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
        The Grand America Hotel
        The Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
        Off-Broadway Studios
    questions about Salt Lake City:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?
        What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?
        Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?
        Winter time activities in Salt Lake City
        Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?
Rock Springs  (2 answers)
Cheyenne  (13 answers)
    questions about Cheyenne:
        Driving from Kennesaw ga to Cheyenne wy
        What are some "must see" places in Cheyenne.
North Platte  (2 answers)
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  (268 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?
Detroit  (21 answers)
    Comerica Park  (4 mentions)
    Detroit Institute of Arts  (4 mentions)
    Greektown Casino-Hotel  (4 mentions)
    Motown Historical Museum  (2 mentions)
    Ford Rouge Factory Tour  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Detroit:
        Slows Bar-B-Q
        Santorini Estiatorio Detroit
    questions about Detroit:
        Places to stay in Detroit
        What is your favorite restaurant in Detroit?
        What is there to see in Detroit?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Toronto, Ontario.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Toronto?

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 Toronto.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Drake Hotel, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Thompson Toronto  (3 mentions)
Gladstone Hotel  (2 mentions)
Hyatt Regency Toronto  (2 mentions)

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






Where's the best place to eat in Toronto?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest St. Lawrence Market, which was mentioned 11 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

The Black Hoof  (5 mentions)
Cold Tea  (5 mentions)
Panorama Lounge  (4 mentions)
Grand Electric  (3 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Toronto?

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:

Royal Ontario Museum  (18 mentions)
CN Tower  (16 mentions)
Toronto Islands  (16 mentions)
Distillery District  (15 mentions)
Eaton Centre  (12 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 Toronto. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Juliana Biar from asked:
Which is the best Outlet for shopping?  (10 answers)

 Rocco Carzo from Rochester (New York) asked:
Must-see during Toronto weekend trip?  (8 answers)

 Stephanie Lopilato from New York City asked:
Where to catch the best views in Toronto?  (7 answers)

 Courtney Robinson from Los Angeles asked:
Walking tours in Toronto  (6 answers)

 Christine Klemmer from Austin (Texas) asked:
Coolest new restaurants?  (6 answers)

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






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 Toronto to California 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 California to Toronto. Or get a full California to Toronto 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.

And if you know California well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about California!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 540 miles
driving time of 9 hours, 33 minutes
Toronto is the same time as California
164 California travel answers
63 Salt Lake City travel answers
2 Rock Springs travel answers
13 Cheyenne travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
268 Chicago travel answers
21 Detroit travel answers
126 Toronto travel answers





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