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Chicago to Nashville drive

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  Chicago
 Triple XXX Family Restaurant
 Indianapolis
 Sellersburg (Indiana)
 Mammoth Cave National Park
   Nashville 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Chicago to Nashville road trip planner

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

1:14 pm  eat at Triple XXX Family Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:14 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:35 pm  Indianapolis
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Indianapolis
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:40 am  Sellersburg (Indiana)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:31 pm  Mammoth Cave National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:31 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:03 pm  arrive in Nashville
eat at Bluebird Cafe
stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Triple XXX Family Restaurant

Indianapolis  (34 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

Sellersburg (Indiana)  (2 answers)
    restaurants around Sellersburg (Indiana):
        Joe's Crab Shack

Mammoth Cave National Park  (12 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Nashville?

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 Nashville.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Gaylord Opryland Resort, which was mentioned 10 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Hermitage Hotel  (2 mentions)
Omni Nashville Hotel  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Nashville?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Bluebird Cafe, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Opryland Hotel  (4 mentions)
Pancake Pantry  (4 mentions)
Peg Leg Porker BBQ  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Nashville?

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:

Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
The Parthenon  (5 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 Nashville. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Cheryl from Edina, Minnesota asked:
Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?  (6 answers)

profile  Mike from Bronx, New York asked:
Top of the line hotels in Nashville?  (5 answers)

profile  Jane from asked:
Hotel by Airport  (4 answers)

profile  nicholas from Indianapolis asked:
What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend  (4 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Nashville for a first time visitor?  (4 answers)

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




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 Nashville 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 Nashville. Or get a full Chicago to Nashville 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 472 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 9 minutes
289 Chicago travel answers
34 Indianapolis travel answers
2 Sellersburg (Indiana) travel answers
163 Nashville travel answers





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