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Chicago to Albuquerque drive

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  Chicago
 Springfield (Illinois)
 St. Louis
 Springfield (Missouri)
 Oklahoma City
 Elk City
 Amarillo
 Tucumcari
driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Chicago to Albuquerque road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Albuquerque. If you're planning a road trip to Albuquerque, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Albuquerque. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Chicago and Albuquerque. 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 Chicago
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:16 pm  Springfield (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:16 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:47 pm  St. Louis
stay overnight at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:27 pm  Springfield (Missouri)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:27 pm
drive for about 4 hours

5:33 pm  Oklahoma City
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:33 pm
drive for about 2 hours

8:18 pm  Elk City
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Elk City
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:19 pm  Amarillo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:19 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:03 pm  Tucumcari
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:03 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:36 pm  arrive in Albuquerque
eat at Frontier Restaurant
stay at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Springfield (Illinois)  (10 answers)

St. Louis  (89 answers)
    Forest Park  (10 mentions)
    St. Louis Zoo  (6 mentions)
    City Museum  (5 mentions)
    Gateway Arch  (4 mentions)
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around St. Louis:
        Pappy's Smokehouse
        Ted Drewes
        Iron Barley Eating Establishment
        Pastaria
        Companion
    hotels around St. Louis:
        Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
        The Lemp Mansion
    questions about St. Louis:
        What's the best neighborhood in St. Louis for a first time visitor?
        Good St. Louis dines?
        Great lunch places in St Louis
        Good family vacation within 10 hours of St. Louis (not Branson)?
        Where are the best places to stay in St. Louis?

Springfield (Missouri)  (7 answers)
    questions about Springfield (Missouri):
        Can't miss restaurants in Springfield?

Oklahoma City  (39 answers)
    Boathouse District  (4 mentions)
    Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum  (3 mentions)
    AT&T Bricktown Ballpark  (2 mentions)
    Science Museum Oklahoma  (2 mentions)
    Stockyards City Main Street  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Oklahoma City:
        Kitchen No. 324
        Big Truck Tacos
        Waffle Champion
        Cheever's Cafe
        Museum Cafe
    questions about Oklahoma City:
        Breakfast Restaurant in OKC
        What sort of hands-on things can I experience in OKC?
        What's the best neighborhood in Oklahoma City for a first time visitor?

Elk City  (2 answers)

Amarillo  (29 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE
        Hotels

Tucumcari  (4 answers)
    questions about Tucumcari:
        What are the must see/must stay/ must eat places in Tucumcari?


Where's the best place to stay in Albuquerque?

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 Albuquerque.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Albuquerque?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Frontier Restaurant, which was mentioned 2 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Standard Diner  (2 mentions)
Frontier Restaurant  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Albuquerque?

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:

Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
Explora!  (2 mentions)
Nob Hill  (2 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 Albuquerque. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?  (6 answers)

profile  Erin from Salt Lake City asked:
Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?  (2 answers)

profile  Alecia from Kailua Kona asked:
Temporary home!  (2 answers)

profile  Mary Ann from Orlando asked:
Where to stay  (1 answer)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,337 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 28 minutes
Albuquerque is 1 hour behind Chicago
306 Chicago travel answers
10 Springfield (Illinois) travel answers
89 St. Louis travel answers
7 Springfield (Missouri) travel answers
39 Oklahoma City travel answers
2 Elk City travel answers
29 Amarillo travel answers
4 Tucumcari travel answers
94 Albuquerque travel answers





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