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Chicago to Des Moines drive in 1 day

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  Chicago
 DeKalb
 Dixon (Illinois)
 Moline
 University of Iowa
 Brooklyn
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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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. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Des Moines. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Chicago and Des Moines. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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9:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 1 hour

10:09 am  DeKalb
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:09 am
drive for about 53 minutes

12:02 pm  Dixon (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:02 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:18 pm  Moline
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:18 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:32 pm  University of Iowa
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:32 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:38 pm  Brooklyn
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:38 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:00 pm  arrive in Des Moines

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?

DeKalb

Dixon (Illinois)

Moline

University of Iowa  (7 mentions)

Brooklyn


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!

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

profile  Keith 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.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Chicago? Try searching for places within 5 hours of Chicago.

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!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 332 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 3 minutes
278 Chicago travel answers
1 Moline travel answer
1 Brooklyn travel answer
18 Des Moines travel answers





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