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Chicago to Mt Rushmore drive

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  Chicago
 Madison
 La Crosse (Wisconsin)
 Blue Earth
 Worthington (Minnesota)
 Quality Inn
 Badlands National Park
   Mt Rushmore 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Chicago to Mt Rushmore road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Mt Rushmore. If you're planning a road trip to Mt Rushmore, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Mt Rushmore. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Chicago and Mt Rushmore. 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 2.5 hours

1:33 pm  Madison
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:33 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:45 pm  La Crosse (Wisconsin)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from La Crosse (Wisconsin)
drive for about 3 hours

11:56 am  Blue Earth
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:56 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:14 pm  Worthington (Minnesota)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:14 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:01 pm  stay at Quality Inn
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours

 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Quality Inn
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:38 pm  Badlands National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:38 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:23 pm  arrive in Mt Rushmore

day 3 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

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Chicago to Mt Rushmore questions

profile  LaJewel from Chicago asked:
road trip to Mount Rushmore from Chicago  (2 answers)


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?

Madison  (24 answers)
    Wisconsin State Capitol  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Madison:
        The Old Fashioned
        Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co
        L'Etoile
        Ha Long Bay
    questions about Madison:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
        Family-friendly campsites near Madison for large groups
        Where is there a good Japanese restaurant?
        One day trip, looking for a good time under $100
        Catholic Easter Vigil Mass with good music in Madison?

La Crosse (Wisconsin)  (3 answers)

Blue Earth

Worthington (Minnesota)

Quality Inn

Badlands National Park  (27 mentions)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Mount Rushmore.

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


What are some things to do in Mt Rushmore?

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 Mt Rushmore. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Beth from asked:
Family activities  (4 answers)

profile  Rose from asked:
What should we add to the visit?  (4 answers)

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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 Mt Rushmore 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 Mt Rushmore. Or get a full Chicago to Mt Rushmore 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 934 miles
driving time of 13 hours, 35 minutes
Mt Rushmore is the same time as Chicago
278 Chicago travel answers
24 Madison travel answers
3 La Crosse (Wisconsin) travel answers
1 Blue Earth travel answer
1 Worthington (Minnesota) travel answer
31 Mt Rushmore travel answers





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