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Chicago to Miami drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets


Chicago to Miami road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Miami. If you're planning a road trip to Miami, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Miami. 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 3 hours

1:00 pm  Indianapolis
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:00 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:51 pm  Louisville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:51 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:28 pm  Mammoth Cave National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Mammoth Cave National Park
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:37 pm  Chattanooga
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:37 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:23 pm  Atlanta
stay for about 2.5 hours and leave at 5:53 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

9:10 pm  Valdosta
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Valdosta
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:20 pm  Orlando
stay for about 3 hours and leave at 4:20 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:42 pm  arrive in Miami
eat at Versailles
stay at Fontainebleau Resort

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 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?

Indianapolis  (28 answers)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art  (4 mentions)
    Indianapolis Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Indianapolis:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?
        Awesome food trucks?
        Best free things to do in Indianapolis?
        Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis
Louisville  (37 answers)
    Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory  (3 mentions)
    Churchill Downs  (2 mentions)
    Muhammad Ali Center  (2 mentions)
    Fourth Street Live!  (2 mentions)
    Louisville Slugger Field  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Louisville:
        Seviche, A Latin Restaurant
        Basa Restaurant
        Milkwood Restaurant
        Jeff Ruby's Louisville
        Hyatt Regency Louisville
    questions about Louisville:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?
        Any cool things to do/places to eat in Louisville?
        Want to spend our money on Bourbon, not hotels
        What's the best neighborhood in Louisville for a first time visitor?
        Hotels to stay at during the Kentucky Derby?
Mammoth Cave National Park  (12 mentions)
Chattanooga  (25 answers)
    Ruby Falls  (5 mentions)
    Rock City  (3 mentions)
    Tennessee Aquarium  (2 mentions)
    Creative Discovery Museum  (2 mentions)
    Lookout Mountain  (2 mentions)
    questions about Chattanooga:
        Activities in Chattanooga for families with active kids
        Is April 2015 a good month to visit Chattanooga?
Atlanta  (111 answers)
    Georgia Aquarium  (29 mentions)
    World of Coca-Cola  (20 mentions)
    Piedmont Park  (16 mentions)
    Midtown Atlanta  (14 mentions)
    High Museum of Art  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Atlanta:
        The Varsity
        Mary Mac's Tea Room
        Antico Pizza Napoletana
        Empire State South
        JCT Kitchen & Bar
    questions about Atlanta:
        Good Restaurants Unique to Atlanta?
        Great, reasonable places to eat.
        Tourist spots worth seeing in Atlanta?
        Authentic Southern Food!
        Best family activities in Atlanta?
Valdosta  (4 answers)
Orlando  (138 answers)
    The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter  (16 mentions)
    Universal CityWalk  (8 mentions)
    Universal's Islands of Adventure  (7 mentions)
    Universal Studios Islands of Adventure  (5 mentions)
    Orlando Premium Outlets - International Dr  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Orlando:
        Cafe Tu Tu Tango
        Emeril's Orlando
        SeaWorld
        Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
        Hard Rock Cafe
    questions about Orlando:
        How many days for Disney + universal?
        What to do during one day in Orlando that's not Disney World
        Top golf courses in Orlando?
        Fine dining for client meeting in Orlando
        What's the best time of year to visit theme parks?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Miami, Florida.

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



Where's the best place to stay in Miami?

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 Miami.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Fontainebleau Resort, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Freehand Miami  (3 mentions)
Delano Hotel  (2 mentions)

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





Where's the best place to eat in Miami?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Versailles, which was mentioned 14 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Joe's Stone Crab  (13 mentions)
Seasons 52  (6 mentions)
The Broken Shaker  (4 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in Miami?

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:

Miami Beach  (22 mentions)
Lincoln Road  (14 mentions)
Lincoln Road Mall  (11 mentions)
Ocean Drive  (9 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 Miami. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Miami?  (13 answers)

profile  Sunil from Mountain View asked:
Good Cuban food in Miami?  (9 answers)

profile  Molly from asked:
one night lay over in Miami- what to see, where to eat?  (8 answers)

profile  Diane from Clifton, Texas asked:
Looking for a trendy and unique restaurant to celebrate my birthday!  (8 answers)

profile  Miriam from Seattle asked:
What is the weather like during the winter months?  (8 answers)

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





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 Miami 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 Miami. Or get a full Chicago to Miami 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 1,377 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 47 minutes
Miami is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
270 Chicago travel answers
28 Indianapolis travel answers
37 Louisville travel answers
25 Chattanooga travel answers
111 Atlanta travel answers
4 Valdosta travel answers
138 Orlando travel answers
134 Miami travel answers





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