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Chicago to San Diego drive with pets

2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   pets


Pet-friendly stops from Chicago to San Diego

Pet friendly suggestions provided by GoPetFriendly.com  

Here's a sample itinerary for a pet-friendly drive from Chicago to San Diego with your dog or cat. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, 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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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 5 hours

3:15 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:15 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:23 pm  Omaha
stay overnight at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
drive for about 4 hours

2:00 pm  North Platte
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:00 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:48 pm  Denver
stay overnight at Super 8 Motel - Aurora Denver Area
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Super 8 Motel - Aurora Denver Area
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:23 pm  Moab
stay overnight at Drinks Canyon Campground
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Drinks Canyon Campground
drive for about 5 hours

4:13 pm  Zion National Park
stay overnight at Zion National Park - South Campground
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 5 hours

 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Zion National Park - South Campground
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:41 am  Las Vegas
stay for about 4 hours and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 5 hours

8:33 pm  arrive in San Diego
stay at Hilton San Diego Bayfront

day 5 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Chicago, Illinois.

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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?

Des Moines  (18 answers)
    DSM Pets  (1 mention)
    DSLA Pet Sitting Services, LLC  (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
    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?
Omaha  (17 answers)
    pet-friendly hotels around Omaha:
        DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
        Econo Lodge West Dodge
        Holiday Inn Express Omaha West - 90th Street
        Super 8 Omaha NE
        Baymont Inn and Suites Omaha, NE
        Staybridge Suites Omaha 80th and Dodge
        Premiere Suites of Omaha
        Omaha Travelodge
        Comfort Inn & Suites Omaha
        Studioplus Deluxe West Omaha
    questions about Omaha:
        Best free things to do in Omaha?
        Low-key bachelor party activities in Omaha?
        Dog friendly hotels
North Platte  (2 answers)
    pet-friendly restaurants around North Platte:
        SONIC Drive-In
Denver  (151 answers)
    Paws-itive Pet Sitting  (1 mention)
    B & B For D.O.G.  (1 mention)
    Animal Lodge  (1 mention)
    VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital  (1 mention)
    Wags N Walks Co  (1 mention)
    Andi's Animal Keepers  (1 mention)
    DogCentric, Inc.  (1 mention)
    Camp Bow Wow-Denver International Airport  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly hotels around Denver:
        Super 8 Motel - Aurora Denver Area
        Best Western Gateway Inn and Suites Aurora
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?
        Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?
Moab  (33 answers)
    Red River Canoe Company  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly hotels around Moab:
        Drinks Canyon Campground
        Super 8 Moab
        Motel 6 Moab
        Cedar Breaks 6
        Cedar Breaks 4
        Cedar Breaks 5
        Bowen Motel
        The Monticello Inn (Utah)
        Apache Motel
    questions about Moab:
        Seeking Dog Friendly Adventures in Moab?
Zion National Park  (73 mentions)
    Marj Bonner Dog Park  (1 mention)
    Zion National Park  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly hotels around Zion National Park:
        Zion National Park - South Campground
        Zion National Park - Watchman Campground
        Zion Canyon Campground & Quality Inn
        La Quinta Inn & Suites at Zion Park/Springdale
        Holiday Inn Express Springdale
    questions about Zion National Park:
        When is the best time to visit/hike Zion national park?
        Canyoneer boots, Keen sandals, or old tennis shoes for Narrows hike?
        What's the best time of year to hike in Zion?
        Poisonous plants/ Venomous animals in Zion Canyon
        Are hiking boots necessary now if I hike Angels Landing
Las Vegas  (275 answers)
    Vegas Ghosts  (1 mention)
    Sunrise House and Pet Sitting  (1 mention)
    Cat Watch by Patti  (1 mention)
    questions about Las Vegas:
        Best new restaurants in Vegas?
        What time of year is the best for scoring a cheap deals in Las Vegas
        Best tips and casinos for first time gambler?
        Is it better to stay on or off the Las Vegas strip?
        Top things to do in Las Vegas that don't include gambling?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Diego, California.

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



Where's the best place to stay in San Diego?

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 San Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

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

Omni San Diego Hotel  (1 mention)

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





Where's the best place to eat in San Diego?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

GoPetFriendly suggests The Mission.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Tilted Kilt  (1 mention)
Tin Fish Gaslamp  (1 mention)
Broken Yolk Cafe  (1 mention)

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





What are some things to do in San Diego?

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 GoPetFriendly:

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

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profile  Lily from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant & activities ideas for couples weekend getaway in San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Best burritos in San Diego?  (7 answers)

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





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 San Diego 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 San Diego. Or get a full Chicago to San Diego 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 2,077 miles
driving time of 29 hours, 25 minutes
San Diego is 2 hours behind Chicago
270 Chicago travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
151 Denver travel answers
33 Moab travel answers
275 Las Vegas travel answers
222 San Diego travel answers





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