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Chicago to Des Moines drive in 1 day

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Chicago to Des Moines road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Des Moines. If you're planning a road trip to Des Moines, 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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8:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 38 minutes

8:38 am  Naperville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 9:38 am
drive for about 41 minutes

10:19 am  DeKalb
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:19 am
drive for about 53 minutes

12:12 pm  Dixon (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:12 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:28 pm  Moline
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:28 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:31 pm  Iowa City
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:31 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:37 pm  Brooklyn
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 7:37 pm
drive for about 59 minutes

8:36 pm  Colfax
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 9:36 pm
drive for about 32 minutes

10:07 pm  arrive in Des Moines

driving ≈ 7 hours

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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Chicago to Des Moines.

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?

Naperville  (2 answers)
    Garfield Park Conservatory  (4 mentions)
    questions about Naperville:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Naperville?
Dixon (Illinois)
Iowa City  (5 answers)
    University of Iowa  (7 mentions)
    restaurants around Iowa City:
        Hamburg Inn No. 2
    questions about Iowa City:
        What is there to visit in Iowa City?
        Things to see or do in Iowa City

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Des Moines, Iowa.

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

What are some things to do in Des Moines?

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

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?  (3 answers)

 Keith Spence from Denver asked:
Any good hiking spots in or near Des Moines?  (2 answers)

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

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 Des Moines 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 Des Moines. Or get a full Chicago to Des Moines 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 333 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 14 minutes
267 Chicago travel answers
2 Naperville travel answers
1 Moline travel answer
5 Iowa City travel answers
1 Brooklyn travel answer
18 Des Moines travel answers

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