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Chicago to Omaha drive in 1 day

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 Dixon (Illinois)
 Davenport (Iowa)
 University of Iowa
 Des Moines
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   pets   /   no RV

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Pet-friendly stops from Chicago to Omaha

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Here's a sample itinerary for a pet-friendly drive from Chicago to Omaha with your dog or cat. If you're planning a road trip to Omaha, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best dog parks, pet-friendly accommodations and hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members and GoPetFriendly. Scroll down to see all the pet-friendly stops along the way.

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8:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:45 am  Dixon (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:45 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:06 pm  Davenport (Iowa)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:06 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:16 pm  University of Iowa
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:16 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:30 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:30 pm
drive for about 56 minutes

7:25 pm  Adair
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:25 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:42 pm  arrive in Omaha
stay at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton

driving ≈ 8.5 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.

What are pet-friendly stops along the way?

Dixon (Illinois)
    Ronald Regan Boyhood Home  (1 mention)
    John Deere Historic Site  (1 mention)
    Franklin Creek State Natural Area  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly hotels around Dixon (Illinois):
        Comfort Inn Dixon

Davenport (Iowa)  (2 answers)
    Pet Pals  (1 mention)
    Kimberly Crest Veterinary Hospital PC  (1 mention)
    Kimberly Crest West Clinic  (1 mention)
    Butterworth Center  (1 mention)
    City Line Veterinary Center  (1 mention)
    Divas Doggy Wear  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Davenport (Iowa):
        Dead Poets Espresso
    pet-friendly hotels around Davenport (Iowa):
        Hotel Blackhawk
        Larimore Dam Recreation Area Campground (Grand Forks County)
        Comfort Inn & Suites Davenport

University of Iowa  (7 mentions)
    Gentle Heart Pet Clinic  (1 mention)
    Thornberry Dog Park  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around University of Iowa:
        Buffalo Wild Wing
        Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
    pet-friendly hotels around University of Iowa:
        Sheraton Iowa City Hotel
        hotelVetro: studio suites & convention center
        Alexis Park Inn & Suites
        Days Inn - Iowa City Coralville
        Super 8 Motel Coralville
        Baymont Inn & Suites Coralville

Des Moines  (18 answers)
    DSLA Pet Sitting Services, LLC  (1 mention)
    DSM Pets  (1 mention)
    Jett and Monkey's Dog Shoppe  (1 mention)
    Des Moines Botanical Center  (1 mention)
    Downtown Doggy Daycare, LLC  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Des Moines:
        9th Street Deli & Catering
        Ritual Cafe
        Exile Brewing Co
    pet-friendly hotels around Des Moines:
        Quality Inn & Suites Event Center
        Kirkwood Civic Center Hotel
    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?

    Lake Anita State Park  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly hotels around Adair:
        Super 8 Adair

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Omaha, Nebraska.

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

Where's the best place to stay in Omaha?

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 Omaha.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out DoubleTree Suites by Hilton.

Here are some more pet-friendly hotels people talk about:

Super 8 Omaha NE  (1 mention)
Omaha Travelodge  (1 mention)

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

What are some things to do in Omaha?

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

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Omaha?  (5 answers)

profile  Kathy from asked:
Dog friendly hotels  (1 answer)

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

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 Omaha to Chicago drive with pets, 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 Omaha. Or get a full Chicago to Omaha 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 467 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 1 minute
289 Chicago travel answers
2 Davenport (Iowa) travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers


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