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Palm Springs to Chicago via Oklahoma

driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Palm Springs to Chicago road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Palm Springs 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

11:00 am  start in Palm Springs
drive for about 5 hours

3:59 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 4 hours

2:05 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:05 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:37 pm  Albuquerque
eat at Frontier Restaurant
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 4 hours

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

7:48 pm  Oklahoma
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 9 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Oklahoma
drive for about 4 hours

2:55 pm  Springfield (Missouri)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 4 hours

 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Springfield (Missouri)
drive for about 3 hours

1:11 pm  St. Louis
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 3:11 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

7:38 pm  arrive in Chicago
eat at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
stay at The James Chicago Hotel

day 5 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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Palm Springs to Chicago questions

profile  Jack asked:
Where to stop after 8 hours  (1 answer)


Where should I stop along the way?

Phoenix  (125 answers)
    Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
    Dreamy Draw Recreation Area  (2 mentions)
    Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
    Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
    Frances  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Phoenix:
        Chelsea's Kitchen
        SunUp Brewing Co
        The Parlor Pizzeria
        The Clever Koi
        Crudo
    hotels around Phoenix:
        Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
        The Clarendon Hotel and Spa
    questions about Phoenix:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?
        Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson
        Best restaurants in Phoenix?
        Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?
        Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?

Petrified Forest National Park  (6 answers)
    Petrified Forest National Park  (2 mentions)

Albuquerque  (96 answers)
    Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  (2 mentions)
    Explora!  (2 mentions)
    Nob Hill  (2 mentions)
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Albuquerque:
        Frontier Restaurant
        Standard Diner
        Frontier Restaurant
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Temporary home!
        Where to stay

Amarillo  (30 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE
        Hotels

Oklahoma  (5 mentions)
    questions about Oklahoma:
        hotels in Oklahoma

Springfield (Missouri)  (7 answers)
    questions about Springfield (Missouri):
        Can't miss restaurants in Springfield?
        What town is about 500 miles west of Springfield MO on Interstate 40

St. Louis  (93 answers)
    Forest Park  (10 mentions)
    St. Louis Zoo  (6 mentions)
    City Museum  (5 mentions)
    Gateway Arch  (4 mentions)
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around St. Louis:
        Pappy's Smokehouse
        Ted Drewes
        Iron Barley Eating Establishment
        Pastaria
        Companion
    questions about St. Louis:
        What is your favorite restaurant in St. Louis?
        Good St. Louis dines?
        Great lunch places in St Louis
        Good family vacation within 10 hours of St. Louis (not Branson)?
        Where are the best places to stay in St. Louis?


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?  (38 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)

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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,063 miles
driving time of 30 hours, 33 minutes
55 Palm Springs travel answers
125 Phoenix travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
96 Albuquerque travel answers
30 Amarillo travel answers
7 Springfield (Missouri) travel answers
93 St. Louis travel answers
311 Chicago travel answers





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