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Indianapolis to Cleveland via Chicago

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Indianapolis to Cleveland road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Indianapolis to Cleveland. If you're planning a road trip to Cleveland, 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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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Indianapolis
drive for about 56 minutes

11:56 am  Crawfordsville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:56 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:37 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

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

12:51 pm  Coldwater
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:51 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:31 pm  Toledo (Ohio)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:31 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:35 pm  Cedar Point (Ohio)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:35 pm
drive for about 1 hour

7:45 pm  arrive in Cleveland
eat at Lola
stay at The Cleveland Hostel

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Crawfordsville

Chicago  (311 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:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        Chicago - Should we rent a car or no?

Coldwater

Toledo (Ohio)  (8 answers)
    Toledo Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Toledo (Ohio):
        Where's a fun place for breakfast in Toledo Ohio?

Cedar Point (Ohio)  (5 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Cleveland?

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 Cleveland.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Cleveland Hostel, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Cleveland?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Lola, which was mentioned 13 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Lolita  (6 mentions)
The Greenhouse Tavern  (6 mentions)
Melt Bar & Grilled  (4 mentions)
L'Albatros  (4 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Cleveland?

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:

West Side Market  (6 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 Cleveland. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Good restaurants for business dinner?  (10 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?  (10 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Cleveland for a first time visitor?  (7 answers)

profile  Hayden from Cleveland asked:
New to the city, friend coming to visit: What should we do?  (6 answers)

profile  Kelly from Massachusetts asked:
Fun things to do  (4 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 528 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 16 minutes
41 Indianapolis travel answers
1 Crawfordsville travel answer
311 Chicago travel answers
1 Coldwater travel answer
8 Toledo (Ohio) travel answers
69 Cleveland travel answers





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