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Lake Tahoe to Mt Rushmore drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Lake Tahoe to Mt Rushmore road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Lake Tahoe to Mt Rushmore. If you're planning a road trip to Mt Rushmore, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Lake Tahoe and Mt Rushmore. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Lake Tahoe and Mt Rushmore. 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 Lake Tahoe
drive for about 3 hours

12:45 pm  Black Rock City
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:45 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:26 pm  Winnemucca
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:26 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:14 pm  Elko
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

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

1:18 pm  Salt Lake City
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 2:48 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:36 pm  Rock Springs
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Rock Springs
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:43 pm  Casper
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:43 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:43 pm  Newcastle (Wyoming)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:43 pm
drive for about 60 minutes

7:42 pm  arrive in Mt Rushmore

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Lake Tahoe to Mt Rushmore.

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Lake Tahoe.

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?

Black Rock City  (7 answers)
    questions about Black Rock City:
        Why Do You Go Back to Burning Man?
Winnemucca  (3 answers)
Elko  (5 answers)
Salt Lake City  (63 answers)
    Temple Square  (8 mentions)
    Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
    Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
    Red Butte Garden & Arboretum  (2 mentions)
    The Beehive House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Red Iguana
        Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
        Pig and A Jelly Jar
    questions about Salt Lake City:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?
        What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?
        Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?
        Winter time activities in Salt Lake City
        Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?
Rock Springs  (2 answers)
Casper  (4 answers)
Newcastle (Wyoming)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Mount Rushmore.

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

What are some things to do in Mt Rushmore?

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 Mt Rushmore. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Beth from asked:
Family activities  (4 answers)

profile  Rose from asked:
What should we add to the visit?  (4 answers)

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

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 Mt Rushmore to Lake Tahoe 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 Lake Tahoe to Mt Rushmore. Or get a full Lake Tahoe to Mt Rushmore 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 Lake Tahoe well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Lake Tahoe!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,218 miles
driving time of 18 hours, 30 minutes
Mt Rushmore is 2 hours ahead of Lake Tahoe
41 Lake Tahoe travel answers
7 Black Rock City travel answers
3 Winnemucca travel answers
5 Elko travel answers
63 Salt Lake City travel answers
2 Rock Springs travel answers
4 Casper travel answers
31 Mt Rushmore travel answers

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