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Chicago to Los Angeles via Oklahoma City

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  Chicago
 St. Louis
 Springfield (Missouri)
 Oklahoma City
 Amarillo
 Albuquerque
 Sedona
 Kingman
   Oklahoma City 
driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Chicago to Los Angeles road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Los Angeles. If you're planning a road trip to Los Angeles, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Oklahoma City. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Chicago and Oklahoma City. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 4.5 hours

3:42 pm  St. Louis
stay overnight at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:27 pm  Springfield (Missouri)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:27 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:33 pm  Oklahoma City
eat at Kitchen No. 324
stay overnight at The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
drive for about 4 hours

1:58 pm  Amarillo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:58 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:06 pm  Albuquerque
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:24 pm  Sedona
stay overnight at Enchantment Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Enchantment Resort
drive for about 3 hours

12:50 pm  Kingman
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:50 pm
drive for about 5 hours

6:41 pm  arrive in Los Angeles
eat at Gjelina
stay at Shutters On the Beach

day 5 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Chicago to Los Angeles questions

profile  Rebecca asked:
Best route & where to stop  (2 answers)

profile  Christy asked:
Road trip from LA to Chi-Town  (1 answer)


Where should I stop along the way?

St. Louis  (81 answers)
    Forest Park  (10 mentions)
    St. Louis Zoo  (6 mentions)
    City Museum  (5 mentions)
    Gateway Arch  (4 mentions)
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around St. Louis:
        Pappy's Smokehouse
        Ted Drewes
        Iron Barley Eating Establishment
        Pastaria
        Companion
    hotels around St. Louis:
        Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
        The Lemp Mansion
    questions about St. Louis:
        Great lunch places in St Louis
        What's the best neighborhood in St. Louis for a first time visitor?
        Good St. Louis dines?
        Good family vacation within 10 hours of St. Louis (not Branson)?
        Where are the best places to stay in St. Louis?

Springfield (Missouri)  (6 answers)
    questions about Springfield (Missouri):
        Can't miss restaurants in Springfield?

Oklahoma City  (34 answers)
    Boathouse District  (4 mentions)
    Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum  (3 mentions)
    AT&T Bricktown Ballpark  (2 mentions)
    Science Museum Oklahoma  (2 mentions)
    Stockyards City Main Street  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Oklahoma City:
        Kitchen No. 324
        Big Truck Tacos
        Waffle Champion
        Cheever's Cafe
        Museum Cafe
    hotels around Oklahoma City:
        The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
    questions about Oklahoma City:
        Breakfast Restaurant in OKC
        What sort of hands-on things can I experience in OKC?
        What's the best neighborhood in Oklahoma City for a first time visitor?

Amarillo  (27 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE

Albuquerque  (91 answers)
    Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  (2 mentions)
    Explora!  (2 mentions)
    Nob Hill  (2 mentions)
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Albuquerque:
        Frontier Restaurant
        Standard Diner
        Frontier Restaurant
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Temporary home!
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Where to stay

Sedona  (78 answers)
    Chapel of the Holy Cross  (4 mentions)
    Slide Rock State Park  (4 mentions)
    Oak Creek Canyon  (3 mentions)
    Bell Rock Trail  (3 mentions)
    Devils Bridge  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Sedona:
        Elote Cafe
    hotels around Sedona:
        Enchantment Resort
    questions about Sedona:
        Best things to do in Sedona besides hiking?
        Vortex Hike/ Sound healing
        Nature Lover in Sedona
        Going on a roadtrip to Sedona, AZ. Is taking I-10 better route?
        Best hikes and natural swimming holes

Kingman  (11 answers)


Where's the best place to stay in Los Angeles?

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 Los Angeles.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Los Angeles to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Shutters On the Beach, which was mentioned 36 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Erwin  (30 mentions)
The Standard Downtown LA  (20 mentions)
Ace Hotel Los Angeles  (17 mentions)
The Huntley Hotel  (15 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Los Angeles?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Perch  (25 mentions)
Bottega Louie  (18 mentions)
Grand Central Market  (16 mentions)
Bestia  (15 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Los Angeles?

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:

Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade  (55 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 Los Angeles. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Michelle from Mesa asked:
Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?  (27 answers)

profile  Maxime from Los Angeles asked:
What's your favorite burger in L.A?  (26 answers)

profile  Clement from Singapore asked:
Free things to do in Los Angeles?  (24 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?  (20 answers)

profile  Steph from asked:
Area an hour away from LAX airport  (19 answers)

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




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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles. Or get a full Chicago to Los Angeles 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 2,123 miles
driving time of 31 hours, 14 minutes
299 Chicago travel answers
81 St. Louis travel answers
6 Springfield (Missouri) travel answers
34 Oklahoma City travel answers
27 Amarillo travel answers
91 Albuquerque travel answers
78 Sedona travel answers
11 Kingman travel answers
602 Los Angeles travel answers





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