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Chicago to Phoenix drive

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  Chicago
 Springfield (Illinois)
 Branson
 Oklahoma City
 Amarillo
 Tucumcari
 Albuquerque
 Petrified Forest National Park
driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Chicago to Phoenix road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Phoenix. If you're planning a road trip to Phoenix, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Phoenix. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Chicago and Phoenix. 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 3.5 hours

1:16 pm  Springfield (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:16 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours

7:55 pm  Branson
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 9 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Branson
drive for about 5 hours

3:55 pm  Oklahoma City
stay overnight at The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
drive for about 4 hours

12:58 pm  Amarillo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:58 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:42 pm  Tucumcari
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:42 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:15 pm  Albuquerque
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:33 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:33 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:34 pm  arrive in Phoenix
eat at Chelsea's Kitchen
stay at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

day 4 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Chicago to Phoenix questions

profile  sonali asked:
pet friendly hotels  (2 answers)

profile  Shikole asked:
trip and timeframes broken down by hours and cities with states  (0 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Springfield (Illinois)  (10 answers)

Branson  (14 answers)
    questions about Branson:
        Fun places to go in Branson

Oklahoma City  (34 answers)
    Boathouse District  (4 mentions)
    Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum  (3 mentions)
    AT&T Bricktown Ballpark  (2 mentions)
    Science Museum Oklahoma  (2 mentions)
    Stockyards City Main Street  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Oklahoma City:
        Kitchen No. 324
        Big Truck Tacos
        Waffle Champion
        Cheever's Cafe
        Museum Cafe
    hotels around Oklahoma City:
        The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
    questions about Oklahoma City:
        Breakfast Restaurant in OKC
        What sort of hands-on things can I experience in OKC?
        What's the best neighborhood in Oklahoma City for a first time visitor?

Amarillo  (27 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE
        Hotels

Tucumcari  (4 answers)
    questions about Tucumcari:
        What are the must see/must stay/ must eat places in Tucumcari?

Albuquerque  (91 answers)
    Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  (2 mentions)
    Explora!  (2 mentions)
    Nob Hill  (2 mentions)
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Albuquerque:
        Frontier Restaurant
        Standard Diner
        Frontier Restaurant
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Temporary home!
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Where to stay

Petrified Forest National Park  (6 answers)
    Petrified Forest National Park  (2 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Phoenix?

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 Phoenix.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

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




Where's the best place to eat in Phoenix?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chelsea's Kitchen, which was mentioned 6 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

SunUp Brewing Co  (3 mentions)
The Parlor Pizzeria  (3 mentions)
The Clever Koi  (2 mentions)
Crudo  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Phoenix?

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:

Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
Frances  (2 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 Phoenix. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?  (17 answers)

profile  Dea from New York City asked:
Best restaurants in Phoenix?  (9 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson  (9 answers)

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?  (6 answers)

profile  Hillary from Atlanta asked:
Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?  (5 answers)

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




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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix. Or get a full Chicago to Phoenix 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 1,753 miles
driving time of 25 hours, 48 minutes
Phoenix is 2 hours behind Chicago
299 Chicago travel answers
10 Springfield (Illinois) travel answers
14 Branson travel answers
34 Oklahoma City travel answers
27 Amarillo travel answers
4 Tucumcari travel answers
91 Albuquerque travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
121 Phoenix travel answers





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