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Chicago to Nashville drive in 1 day

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day



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. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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8:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 2 hours

10:14 am  Triple XXX Family Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:14 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:34 pm  Indianapolis
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:34 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:53 pm  North Vernon
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:53 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:00 pm  Louisville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:00 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:38 pm  Mammoth Cave National Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 8:38 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:57 pm  White House
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 10:57 pm
drive for about 33 minutes

11:30 pm  arrive in Nashville
stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort

driving ≈ 9.5 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?

Triple XXX Family Restaurant
Indianapolis  (26 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
North Vernon
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
    hotels around Louisville:
        21C Museum Hotel
        The Galt House Hotel And Suites
        The Brown Hotel
    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)
White House




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Nashville, Tennessee.

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




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!

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

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

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

 D C from Orland Park asked:
Best Location to Stay  (4 answers)

 Jane Jones from asked:
Hotel by Airport  (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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 471 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 2 minutes
267 Chicago travel answers
26 Indianapolis travel answers
37 Louisville travel answers
140 Nashville travel answers





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