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Miami to Chicago drive

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  Miami
 Orlando
 Jacksonville
 Valdosta
 Atlanta
 Chattanooga
 Mammoth Cave National Park
 Louisville
 Indianapolis
   Chicago 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Miami to Chicago road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Miami to Chicago. If you're planning a road trip to Chicago, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Miami and Chicago. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Miami and Chicago. 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 Miami
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:18 pm  Orlando
stay for about 3 hours
and leave at 3:18 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:23 pm  Jacksonville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:23 pm
drive for about 2 hours

8:19 pm  Valdosta
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

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

1:18 pm  Atlanta
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 3:48 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:33 pm  Chattanooga
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Chattanooga
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:34 pm  Mammoth Cave National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:34 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:12 pm  Louisville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:12 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:57 pm  Indianapolis
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:57 pm
drive for about 3 hours

9:45 pm  arrive in Chicago
stay at The James Chicago Hotel

day 3 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Miami, Florida.

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?

Orlando  (138 answers)
    The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter  (16 mentions)
    Universal CityWalk  (8 mentions)
    Universal's Islands of Adventure  (7 mentions)
    Universal Studios Islands of Adventure  (5 mentions)
    Orlando Premium Outlets - International Dr  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Orlando:
        Cafe Tu Tu Tango
        Emeril's Orlando
        SeaWorld
        Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
        Hard Rock Cafe
    questions about Orlando:
        How many days for Disney + universal?
        What to do during one day in Orlando that's not Disney World
        Top golf courses in Orlando?
        Fine dining for client meeting in Orlando
        What's the best time of year to visit theme parks?

Jacksonville  (19 answers)
    questions about Jacksonville:
        What's the best neighborhood in Jacksonville for a first time visitor?

Valdosta  (4 answers)

Atlanta  (109 answers)
    Georgia Aquarium  (29 mentions)
    World of Coca-Cola  (20 mentions)
    Piedmont Park  (16 mentions)
    Midtown Atlanta  (14 mentions)
    High Museum of Art  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Atlanta:
        The Varsity
        Mary Mac's Tea Room
        Antico Pizza Napoletana
        Empire State South
        JCT Kitchen & Bar
    questions about Atlanta:
        Good Restaurants Unique to Atlanta?
        Great, reasonable places to eat.
        Tourist spots worth seeing in Atlanta?
        Authentic Southern Food!
        Best family activities in Atlanta?

Chattanooga  (25 answers)
    Ruby Falls  (5 mentions)
    Rock City  (3 mentions)
    Tennessee Aquarium  (2 mentions)
    Creative Discovery Museum  (2 mentions)
    Lookout Mountain  (2 mentions)
    questions about Chattanooga:
        Activities in Chattanooga for families with active kids
        Is April 2015 a good month to visit Chattanooga?

Mammoth Cave National Park  (12 mentions)

Louisville  (37 answers)
    Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory  (3 mentions)
    Churchill Downs  (2 mentions)
    Muhammad Ali Center  (2 mentions)
    Fourth Street Live!  (2 mentions)
    Louisville Slugger Field  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Louisville:
        Seviche, A Latin Restaurant
        Basa Restaurant
        Milkwood Restaurant
        Jeff Ruby's Louisville
        Hyatt Regency Louisville
    questions about Louisville:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?
        Any cool things to do/places to eat in Louisville?
        Want to spend our money on Bourbon, not hotels
        What's the best neighborhood in Louisville for a first time visitor?
        Hotels to stay at during the Kentucky Derby?

Indianapolis  (28 answers)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art  (4 mentions)
    Indianapolis Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Indianapolis:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?
        Awesome food trucks?
        Best free things to do in Indianapolis?
        Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Chicago, Illinois.

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


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

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?  (15 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  Stacey from Jackson, Mississippi asked:
What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?  (12 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,379 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 57 minutes
Chicago is 1 hour behind Miami
133 Miami travel answers
138 Orlando travel answers
19 Jacksonville travel answers
4 Valdosta travel answers
109 Atlanta travel answers
25 Chattanooga travel answers
37 Louisville travel answers
28 Indianapolis travel answers
278 Chicago travel answers





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