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Las Vegas to Chicago drive

driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Las Vegas to Chicago road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Las Vegas to Chicago. If you're planning a road trip to Chicago, 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

9:00 am  start in Las Vegas
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:39 am  Zion National Park
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 1:39 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours

7:08 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 4.5 hours

3:25 pm  Vail
stay overnight at Vail Ski Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Vail Ski Resort
drive for about 4 hours

2:14 pm  Julesburg
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:14 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

7:41 pm  Lincoln (Nebraska)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 8.5 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Lincoln (Nebraska)
drive for about 5.5 hours

2:22 pm  University of Iowa
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:22 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:23 pm  arrive in Chicago
eat at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
stay at The James Chicago Hotel

day 4 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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Las Vegas to Chicago questions

profile  Couples Family asked:
mountains  (2 answers)

profile  Mary asked:
route to drive to las vegas from chicago in small car  (1 answer)


Where should I stop along the way?

Zion National Park  (83 mentions)
    questions about Zion National Park:
        When is the best time to visit/hike Zion national park?
        Canyoneer boots, Keen sandals, or old tennis shoes for Narrows hike?
        What's the best time of year to hike in Zion?
        Poisonous plants/ Venomous animals in Zion Canyon
        Are hiking boots necessary now if I hike Angels Landing

Arches National Park  (43 mentions)

Vail  (53 answers)
    restaurants around Vail:
        Minturn Saloon
    hotels around Vail:
        Vail Ski Resort
    questions about Vail:
        Outlet for ski clothing?
        Summer Restaurants in Vail

Julesburg

Lincoln (Nebraska)  (4 answers)
    questions about Lincoln (Nebraska):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Lincoln (Nebraska)?

University of Iowa  (7 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Chicago?

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 Chicago.

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

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The James Chicago Hotel, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Palomar Chicago  (9 mentions)
Virgin Hotels Chicago  (8 mentions)
Thompson Chicago  (6 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Chicago?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, which was mentioned 36 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pequod's Pizza  (26 mentions)
Girl & the Goat  (24 mentions)
Big Star  (23 mentions)
Au Cheval  (17 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Chicago?

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:

Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 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 Chicago. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?  (54 answers)

profile  Sunil from Mountain View asked:
Best Chicago pizza?  (18 answers)

profile  Blair from Halifax asked:
What to do in one weekend in Chicago?  (14 answers)

profile  지은 from asked:
airport transportation  (14 answers)

profile  Joanne from Florida asked:
Chicago - Should we rent a car or no?  (12 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 Chicago to Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas to Chicago. Or get a full Las Vegas to Chicago 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 Las Vegas well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Las Vegas!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,746 miles
driving time of 25 hours, 10 minutes
Chicago is 2 hours ahead of Las Vegas
324 Las Vegas travel answers
53 Vail travel answers
1 Julesburg travel answer
4 Lincoln (Nebraska) travel answers
328 Chicago travel answers





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