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Chicago to Barstow drive

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  Chicago
 University of Iowa
 Des Moines
 Lincoln (Nebraska)
 North Platte
 Denver
 Arches National Park
 Bryce Canyon National Park
 Las Vegas
2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Chicago to Barstow road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Barstow. If you're planning a road trip to Barstow, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Barstow. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Chicago and Barstow. 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 Chicago
drive for about 4 hours

2:01 pm  University of Iowa
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:01 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:15 pm  Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Des Moines
drive for about 3 hours

1:04 pm  Lincoln (Nebraska)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:04 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:20 pm  North Platte
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 3

8:00 am  leave from North Platte
drive for about 4 hours

11:47 am  Denver
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 3:47 pm
drive for about 6 hours

9:37 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 9.5 hours

 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 5 hours

4:12 pm  Bryce Canyon National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 5 hours

 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Bryce Canyon National Park
drive for about 5 hours

1:45 pm  Las Vegas
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:45 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

8:06 pm  arrive in Barstow

day 5 driving ≈ 7 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Chicago, Illinois.

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?

University of Iowa  (7 mentions)

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?

Lincoln (Nebraska)  (3 answers)
    questions about Lincoln (Nebraska):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Lincoln (Nebraska)?

North Platte  (2 answers)

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
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?
        Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?

Arches National Park  (34 mentions)

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

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
    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?
        Top things to do in Las Vegas that don't include gambling?
        Is it better to stay on or off the Las Vegas strip?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Barstow, California.

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


Where's the best place to eat in Barstow?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Del Taco, which was mentioned 2 times.

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




What are some things to do in Barstow?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

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 Barstow. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?  (1 answer)

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




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 Barstow 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 Barstow. Or get a full Chicago to Barstow 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 1,904 miles
driving time of 29 hours, 37 minutes
Barstow is 2 hours behind Chicago
286 Chicago travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
3 Lincoln (Nebraska) travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
166 Denver travel answers
294 Las Vegas travel answers
11 Barstow travel answers





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