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Denver to New York City drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days



Denver to New York City road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Denver
drive for about 2 hours

11:57 am  Sterling (Colorado)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:57 pm
drive for about 5 hours

6:06 pm  Lincoln (Nebraska)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Lincoln (Nebraska)
drive for about 3 hours

1:04 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:04 pm
drive for about 5 hours

7:06 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 5 hours

4:02 pm  Cedar Point
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 5 hours

 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Cedar Point
drive for about 7 hours

3:56 pm  Wilkes Barre
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:56 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:09 pm  arrive in New York City
eat at Katz's Delicatessen
stay at The Standard New York

day 4 driving ≈ 9 hours

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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?

Sterling (Colorado)
Lincoln (Nebraska)  (2 answers)
    questions about Lincoln (Nebraska):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Lincoln (Nebraska)?
Des Moines  (17 answers)
    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?
Chicago  (258 answers)
    Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
    The Art Institute of Chicago  (48 mentions)
    Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
    Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
    Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 mentions)
    restaurants around Chicago:
        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        Pequod's Pizza
        Girl & the Goat
        Big Star
        Au Cheval
    hotels around Chicago:
        The James Chicago Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Chicago
        Acme Hotel Company Chicago
        Virgin Hotels Chicago
        Thompson Chicago
    questions about Chicago:
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?
Cedar Point  (5 mentions)
Wilkes Barre  (4 answers)
    questions about Wilkes Barre:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Wilkes Barre?
        What's the best neighborhood in Wilkes Barre for a first time visitor?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is New York, New York.

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




Where's the best place to stay in New York City?

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 New York City.

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

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Standard New York, which was mentioned 15 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Ace Hotel New York  (15 mentions)
The Plaza  (14 mentions)
Hotel Gansevoort  (12 mentions)
Crosby Street Hotel  (11 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in New York City? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in New York City?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Katz's Delicatessen, which was mentioned 37 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Shake Shack  (23 mentions)
Lombardi's Pizza  (20 mentions)
Balthazar Restaurant  (19 mentions)
Eataly  (19 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in New York City? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in New York City?

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:

Central Park  (149 mentions)
High Line Park  (110 mentions)
Statue of Liberty  (69 mentions)
Times Square  (59 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 New York City. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Chris S from Manhattan Beach asked:
Where do the cool kids stay in NYC these days?  (37 answers)

 Ebe Romano from Sao Paulo asked:
Is it a good idea to visit NYC in December?  (27 answers)

 Valerie Sacksworth from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?  (23 answers)

 Phil Duncan from Seattle asked:
48 Hours in NYC - I NEED to know the best Pizza spots!  (23 answers)

 Julia Nessler from Paris asked:
free or cheap things to do in NYC  (23 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to New York City.






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 New York City 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 New York City. Or get a full Denver to New York City 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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,779 miles
driving time of 27 hours, 36 minutes
New York City is 2 hours ahead of Denver
148 Denver travel answers
2 Lincoln (Nebraska) travel answers
17 Des Moines travel answers
258 Chicago travel answers
4 Wilkes Barre travel answers
583 New York City travel answers





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