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Chicago to Los Angeles via Pagosa Springs

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  Chicago
 Des Moines
 Omaha
 North Platte
 Denver
 Pagosa Springs
 Grand Canyon National Park
 Kingman
   Pagosa Springs 
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 Pagosa Springs. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Chicago and Pagosa 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 5 hours

3:15 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:15 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:23 pm  Omaha
eat at M's Pub
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Omaha
drive for about 4 hours

3:00 pm  North Platte
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 3

8:00 am  leave from North Platte
drive for about 4 hours

11:47 am  Denver
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 3:47 pm
drive for about 5 hours

9:01 pm  Pagosa Springs
stay overnight at The Springs Resort & Spa
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 9 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from The Springs Resort & Spa
drive for about 7 hours

4:47 pm  Grand Canyon National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Grand Canyon National Park
drive for about 3 hours

12:46 pm  Kingman
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:46 pm
drive for about 5 hours

6:37 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?

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  (24 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

North Platte  (2 answers)

Denver  (170 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
        Best small music venues?
        Fun outdoor activities in Denver?

Pagosa Springs  (18 answers)
    hotels around Pagosa Springs:
        The Springs Resort & Spa
    questions about Pagosa Springs:
        Looking for a good scenic route to take from Pagosa to Tucson

Grand Canyon National Park  (171 mentions)
    questions about Grand Canyon National Park:
        Best way to explore Grand Canyon & must see scenic spots?
        Nearest place to stay for visiting Grand Canyon
        Weather at the Grand Canyon in late November, is this a good time to go?
        Best place to stay at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon?
        South Rim in the Winter???

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 2,112 miles
driving time of 33 hours, 13 minutes
299 Chicago travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
24 Omaha travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
170 Denver travel answers
18 Pagosa Springs travel answers
11 Kingman travel answers
602 Los Angeles travel answers





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