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Cincinnati to Detroit drive

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Cincinnati to Detroit road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Cincinnati to Detroit. If you're planning a road trip to Detroit, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Cincinnati
drive for about 54 minutes

10:54 am  Dayton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:54 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:12 pm  Lima (Ohio)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:12 pm
drive for about 40 minutes

2:53 pm  Findlay
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:53 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

4:43 pm  Toledo (Ohio)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:43 pm
drive for about 52 minutes

6:34 pm  Southgate
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:34 pm
drive for about 18 minutes

7:52 pm  arrive in Detroit
eat at Slows Bar-B-Q

driving ≈ 5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Dayton  (15 answers)
    questions about Dayton:

Lima (Ohio)


Toledo (Ohio)  (14 answers)
    Toledo Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Toledo (Ohio):
        Where's a fun place for breakfast in Toledo Ohio?

Southgate  (3 answers)
    The Henry Ford Museum  (2 mentions)
    Ford Rouge Factory Tour  (2 mentions)

Where's the best place to eat in Detroit?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Slows Bar-B-Q, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

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

What are some things to do in Detroit?

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:

Comerica Park  (4 mentions)
Greektown Casino-Hotel  (4 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 Detroit. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Detroit?  (15 answers)

profile  Kristin from asked:
Places to stay in Detroit  (7 answers)

profile  Casey from Cambridge (Massachusetts) asked:
What is there to see in Detroit?  (4 answers)

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

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 Detroit to Cincinnati drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Cincinnati? Try searching for places within 4 hours of Cincinnati.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Cincinnati to Detroit. Or get a full Cincinnati to Detroit 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 Cincinnati well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Cincinnati!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 257 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 55 minutes
46 Cincinnati travel answers
15 Dayton travel answers
1 Lima (Ohio) travel answer
1 Findlay travel answer
14 Toledo (Ohio) travel answers
3 Southgate travel answers
42 Detroit travel answers


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