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Indianapolis to Seattle drive

driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Indianapolis to Seattle road trip planner

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

10:00 am  start in Indianapolis
drive for about 3 hours

12:53 pm  Bloomington (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:53 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:02 pm  Grinnell
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Grinnell
drive for about 5 hours

4:08 pm  Sioux Falls
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Sioux Falls
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:27 pm  Mt Rushmore
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Mt Rushmore
drive for about 7.5 hours

4:33 pm  Bozeman
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:33 pm
drive for about 3 hours

8:26 pm  Missoula
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 10.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Missoula
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:35 pm  Spokane
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:35 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

6:54 pm  arrive in Seattle
eat at Serious Pie
stay at Ace Hotel

day 5 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Bloomington (Illinois)  (7 answers)
    questions about Bloomington (Illinois):
        Best free things to do in Bloomington (Illinois)?
        Inexpensive things for 4
        Covid sensitive hotels

Grinnell

Sioux Falls  (15 answers)
    questions about Sioux Falls:
        First timer to Sioux Falls- what are the best outdoor things to do/explore?

Mt Rushmore  (46 answers)
    questions about Mt Rushmore:
        Family activities
        What should we add to the visit?
        Best campground for big rigs

Bozeman  (22 answers)

Missoula  (14 answers)
    restaurants around Missoula:
        Five on Black
    questions about Missoula:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Missoula?

Spokane  (27 answers)
    Riverfront Park  (2 mentions)
    questions about Spokane:
        What's the best neighborhood in Spokane for a first time visitor?


Where's the best place to stay in Seattle?

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 Seattle.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Ace Hotel, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Edgewater Hotel  (5 mentions)
Inn at the Market  (3 mentions)
Sorrento Hotel  (3 mentions)
Hotel Five  (3 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Seattle?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Serious Pie, which was mentioned 12 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Cafe Campagne  (12 mentions)
Piroshky Piroshky  (12 mentions)
Original Starbucks  (11 mentions)
Matt's in The Market  (10 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Seattle?

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:

Pike Place Market  (113 mentions)
Space Needle  (54 mentions)
Experience Music Project  (25 mentions)
Pioneer Square  (25 mentions)
Kerry Park  (24 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 Seattle. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Talia from Boston asked:
Is the Space Needle worth seeing?  (20 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Seattle?  (16 answers)

profile  Serena from San Francisco asked:
2-day solo trip to Seattle - What to do?  (13 answers)

profile  Lindsay from London asked:
Where are the most photogenic areas in Seattle?  (12 answers)

profile  Stephanie from New York City asked:
What are the best restaurants in Seattle?  (11 answers)

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




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 Seattle 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 Seattle. Or get a full Indianapolis to Seattle 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 2,219 miles
driving time of 32 hours, 39 minutes
Seattle is 3 hours behind Indianapolis
41 Indianapolis travel answers
7 Bloomington (Illinois) travel answers
1 Grinnell travel answer
15 Sioux Falls travel answers
46 Mt Rushmore travel answers
22 Bozeman travel answers
14 Missoula travel answers
27 Spokane travel answers
270 Seattle travel answers





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