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Pet-friendly stops from Chicago to Denver

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Here's a sample itinerary for a pet-friendly drive from Chicago to Denver with your dog or cat. If you're planning a road trip to Denver, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best dog parks, pet-friendly accommodations and hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members and GoPetFriendly. Scroll down to see all the pet-friendly stops along the way.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:33 pm  Madison
eat at Kabul Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:33 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:41 pm  Wisconsin Dells
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:17 pm  La Crosse (Wisconsin)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:17 pm
drive for about 8 minutes

6:25 pm  La Crescent
eat at Huck Finn's on the Water
stay overnight at Pettibone RV Park
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Pettibone RV Park
drive for about 1 hour

11:02 am  Rochester (Minnesota)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:02 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours

5:26 pm  Mitchell Corn Palace
eat at Scoreboard Pub & Grill
stay overnight at RonDee's RV Park
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from RonDee's RV Park
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:37 pm  Deadwood
stay overnight at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Deadwood-Gold Dust Casino
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 5.5 hours

 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Holiday Inn Express & Suites Deadwood-Gold Dust Casino
drive for about 2 hours

10:56 am  Badlands National Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:56 am
drive for about 7.5 hours

7:16 pm  arrive in Denver
stay at Super 8 Motel - Aurora Denver Area

day 4 driving ≈ 9.5 hours

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Chicago to Denver questions

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.

What are pet-friendly stops along the way?

Madison  (24 answers)
    Paws 'n Play, LLC  (1 mention)
    State Street Shopping Area  (1 mention)
    Univeristy of Wisconsin Campus  (1 mention)
    Wisconsin State Capital Grounds  (1 mention)
    Brittingham Dog Park  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Madison:
        Kabul Restaurant
        Hawk's Bar & Grill
        Marigold Kitchen
        Tutto Pasta
    questions about Madison:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
        Family-friendly campsites near Madison for large groups
        Where is there a good Japanese restaurant?
        One day trip, looking for a good time under $100
        Catholic Easter Vigil Mass with good music in Madison?
Wisconsin Dells  (11 answers)
    Dells Army Ducks  (1 mention)
    Shipwreck Lagoon Mini Golf  (1 mention)
    Rocky Arbor State Park  (1 mention)
    questions about Wisconsin Dells:
        Best free things to do in Wisconsin Dells?
La Crosse (Wisconsin)  (3 answers)
    Hillside Animal Hospital SC  (1 mention)
    Thompson Animal Medical Center Ltd  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around La Crosse (Wisconsin):
        Bean Juice
        Huck Finn's on the Water
La Crescent
    Hillside Animal Hospital SC  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around La Crescent:
        Huck Finn's on the Water
    pet-friendly hotels around La Crescent:
        Pettibone RV Park
        Radisson Hotel La Crosse
        GrandStay Residential Suites La Crosse (Wisconsin)
        Holiday Inn & Suites La Crosse - Downtown
        Candlewood Suites La Crosse
        Affordable Inn Motel
        Super 8 La Crosse
        Days Hotel & Conference Center La Crosse
Rochester (Minnesota)  (2 answers)
Mitchell Corn Palace  (2 mentions)
    Corn Palace  (1 mention)
    Prehistoric Indian Village  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Mitchell Corn Palace:
        Scoreboard Pub & Grill
    pet-friendly hotels around Mitchell Corn Palace:
        RonDee's RV Park
        Best Western Motor Inn Mitchell
        AmericInn Lodge & Suites Mitchell
        Ramada Inn and Suites Mitchell
        Days Inn Mitchell
        Econo Lodge Mitchell
        Motel 6 Mitchell
Deadwood  (10 answers)
    George S. Mickelson Trail  (1 mention)
    Historic Deadwood  (1 mention)
    Belle Joli’ Winery Tasting Room  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Deadwood:
        Buffalo Restaurant & Lounge
        Naked Winery Tasting Room & Sick-N-Twisted Brew Pub
        Mustang Sally's
    pet-friendly hotels around Deadwood:
        Holiday Inn Express & Suites Deadwood-Gold Dust Casino
        AmericInn Hotel & Suites Deadwood at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort
        Days of '76 RV Park & Museum
        First Gold Hotel
Badlands National Park  (27 mentions)
    Badlands National Park  (1 mention)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Denver, Colorado.

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

Where's the best place to stay in Denver?

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 Denver.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Super 8 Motel - Aurora Denver Area.

Here are some more pet-friendly hotels people talk about:

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

What are some things to do in Denver?

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 GoPetFriendly:

B & B For D.O.G.  (1 mention)
Animal Lodge  (1 mention)
Wags N Walks Co  (1 mention)
Andi's Animal Keepers  (1 mention)
DogCentric, Inc.  (1 mention)

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

profile  Tatum from New Jersey asked:
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profile  Barbara from Cambridge (Massachusetts) asked:
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profile  Rebecca from asked:
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profile  Trevor from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?  (7 answers)

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

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 Denver to Chicago drive with pets, 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 Denver. Or get a full Chicago to Denver 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!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,004 miles
driving time of 14 hours, 31 minutes
Denver is 1 hour behind Chicago
271 Chicago travel answers
24 Madison travel answers
11 Wisconsin Dells travel answers
3 La Crosse (Wisconsin) travel answers
1 La Crescent travel answer
2 Rochester (Minnesota) travel answers
10 Deadwood travel answers
152 Denver travel answers

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