Trippy
 
  Questions  
Drive      Fly      Stay      Login    Signup

Denver to Chicago drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days



Denver to Chicago road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Denver to Chicago. If you're planning a road trip to Chicago, 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.

customize this trip
 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Denver
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:36 pm  Badlands National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
find more stops

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Badlands National Park
drive for about 2 hours

11:58 am  Deadwood
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:58 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours

6:35 pm  Mitchell Corn Palace
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Mitchell Corn Palace
drive for about 5.5 hours

3:25 pm  Rochester (Minnesota)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:25 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:46 pm  La Crescent
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from La Crescent
drive for about 8 minutes

10:08 am  La Crosse (Wisconsin)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:08 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:44 pm  Wisconsin Dells
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:44 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:44 pm  Madison
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:44 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:22 pm  arrive in Chicago
eat at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
stay at The James Chicago Hotel

day 4 driving ≈ 5.5 hours

From:
To:
Depart:
Return:
Get:    
  Change your route
From:
To:
 



  Alternate route
Enter a city to drive through on the way from Denver to Chicago.
Via:  
 




Denver to Chicago questions

 Dinesh Weerapurage from Knoxville asked:
Driving from Chicago to Denver on I-90, what are sites to see on the way?  (7 answers)




Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Denver, Colorado.

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?

Badlands National Park  (27 mentions)
Deadwood  (9 answers)
Mitchell Corn Palace  (2 mentions)
Rochester (Minnesota)  (2 answers)
La Crescent
La Crosse (Wisconsin)  (3 answers)
Wisconsin Dells  (11 answers)
    Noah's Ark  (3 mentions)
    questions about Wisconsin Dells:
        Best free things to do in Wisconsin Dells?
Madison  (23 answers)
    Wisconsin State Capitol  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Madison:
        The Old Fashioned
        Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co
        L'Etoile
        Ha Long Bay
    questions about Madison:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
        Family-friendly campsites near Madison for large groups
        Where is there a good Japanese restaurant?
        One day trip, looking for a good time under $100
        Catholic Easter Vigil Mass with good music in Madison?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Chicago, Illinois.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Chicago?

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 Chicago.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Chicago to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The James Chicago Hotel, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Palomar Chicago  (9 mentions)
Virgin Hotels Chicago  (8 mentions)
Thompson Chicago  (6 mentions)

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






Where's the best place to eat in Chicago?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, which was mentioned 36 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pequod's Pizza  (26 mentions)
Girl & the Goat  (24 mentions)
Big Star  (23 mentions)
Au Cheval  (17 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Chicago?

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:

Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 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 Chicago. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Sunil Gupta from Mountain View asked:
Best Chicago pizza?  (18 answers)

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

 Blair Cabot from Halifax asked:
What to do in one weekend in Chicago?  (14 answers)

 지은 기 from asked:
airport transportation  (14 answers)

 Stacey Wall from Jackson, Mississippi asked:
What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?  (12 answers)

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






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 Chicago to Denver 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 Denver to Chicago. Or get a full Denver to Chicago 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 Denver well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Denver!






Return to top of page
At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,003 miles
driving time of 14 hours, 45 minutes
Chicago is 1 hour ahead of Denver
149 Denver travel answers
9 Deadwood travel answers
2 Rochester (Minnesota) travel answers
1 La Crescent travel answer
3 La Crosse (Wisconsin) travel answers
11 Wisconsin Dells travel answers
23 Madison travel answers
260 Chicago travel answers





VIEW DETAILED MAP
Get Driving Directions



© 2019 Trippy.com   ·   View: Full | Mobile

Follow us:        
Questions   ·   Destinations   ·   Drive   ·   Fly   ·   Airports   ·   Stay   ·   Search

Login   ·   FAQ   ·   About   ·   Feedback   ·   Privacy   ·   Terms