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Chicago to Colorado Springs drive

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  Chicago
 Davenport (Iowa)
 Des Moines
 Omaha
 Hastings (Nebraska)
 North Platte
 Denver
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Chicago to Colorado Springs road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Colorado Springs. If you're planning a road trip to Colorado Springs, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Colorado Springs. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Chicago and Colorado Springs. 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 4.5 hours

2:28 pm  Davenport (Iowa)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:28 pm
drive for about 3 hours

6:42 pm  Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Des Moines
drive for about 2 hours

12:08 pm  Omaha
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:08 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:41 pm  Hastings (Nebraska)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:41 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:54 pm  North Platte
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from North Platte
drive for about 4 hours

1:47 pm  Denver
stay for about 3.5 hours
and leave at 5:17 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:27 pm  arrive in Colorado Springs
eat at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak

day 3 driving ≈ 5 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?

Davenport (Iowa)  (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?

Omaha  (17 answers)
    Henry Doorly Zoo  (8 mentions)
    Joslyn Art Museum  (3 mentions)
    Lauritzen Gardens  (2 mentions)
    The Durham Museum  (2 mentions)
    Omaha Children's Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Omaha:
        M's Pub
        Stokes Grill & Bar Wood Fired Foods
        801 Chophouse at The Paxton
        Lo Sole Mio Ristorante
    questions about Omaha:
        Best free things to do in Omaha?
        Dog friendly hotels

Hastings (Nebraska)  (2 answers)
    questions about Hastings (Nebraska):
        Places to go

North Platte  (2 answers)

Denver  (152 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?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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


Where's the best place to eat in Colorado Springs?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, which was mentioned 2 times.

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




What are some things to do in Colorado Springs?

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:

Garden of the Gods  (16 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 Colorado Springs. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Kimberly from Scottsdale asked:
Camping at Garden of the Gods / Seven Falls  (3 answers)

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




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 Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs. Or get a full Chicago to Colorado Springs 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 1,073 miles
driving time of 15 hours, 28 minutes
Colorado Springs is 1 hour behind Chicago
278 Chicago travel answers
2 Davenport (Iowa) travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers
2 Hastings (Nebraska) travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
152 Denver travel answers
45 Colorado Springs travel answers





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