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Detroit to Yellowstone National Park drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days   /   no pets


Detroit to Yellowstone National Park road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Detroit to Yellowstone National Park. If you're planning a road trip to Yellowstone National Park, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Detroit and Yellowstone National Park. 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 Detroit
drive for about 4.5 hours

3:38 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 3 hours

1:13 pm  Wisconsin Dells
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:13 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:29 pm  Spam Museum
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Spam Museum
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:45 pm  Sioux Falls
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:45 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours

7:12 pm  Mt Rushmore
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 9 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Mt Rushmore
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:41 pm  Cody
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:41 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:51 pm  arrive at Yellowstone National Park

day 4 driving ≈ 9 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Detroit, Michigan.

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?

Chicago  (270 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?
Wisconsin Dells  (11 answers)
    Noah's Ark  (3 mentions)
    questions about Wisconsin Dells:
        Best free things to do in Wisconsin Dells?
Spam Museum
Sioux Falls  (7 answers)
    questions about Sioux Falls:
        First timer to Sioux Falls- what are the best outdoor things to do/explore?
Mt Rushmore  (31 answers)
    questions about Mt Rushmore:
        Family activities
        What should we add to the visit?
Cody  (11 answers)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Yellowstone National Park.

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



What are some things to do in Yellowstone National Park?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

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 Yellowstone National Park. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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Walking with difficulty. What can I do while family hikes?  (6 answers)

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Bucket- List road trip  (3 answers)

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Stop off driving between Yellowston and Yosemite  (2 answers)

profile  Blair from Tigard, Oregon asked:
What to do with one day at Yellowstone?  (2 answers)

profile  Chris from New York City asked:
Need help with Yellowstone itinerary for family of 4  (2 answers)

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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 Yellowstone National Park to Detroit 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 Detroit to Yellowstone National Park. Or get a full Detroit to Yellowstone National Park 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 Detroit well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Detroit!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,684 miles
driving time of 25 hours, 54 minutes
Yellowstone National Park is 2 hours behind Detroit
23 Detroit travel answers
270 Chicago travel answers
11 Wisconsin Dells travel answers
7 Sioux Falls travel answers
31 Mt Rushmore travel answers
11 Cody travel answers
89 Yellowstone National Park travel answers





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