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Pittsburgh to Vail drive

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  Pittsburgh
 Des Moines
   Vail 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Pittsburgh to Vail road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Pittsburgh to Vail. If you're planning a road trip to Vail, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Pittsburgh and Vail. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Pittsburgh and Vail. 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 Pittsburgh
drive for about 12.5 hours

9:29 pm  Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 12.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Des Moines
drive for about 11.5 hours

8:16 pm  arrive in Vail
stay at Vail Ski Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 11.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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?

Des Moines  (18 answers)
    questions about Des Moines:
        What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?
        Any good hiking spots in or near Des Moines?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Vail, Colorado.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Vail?

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 Vail.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Vail Ski Resort, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Vail?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Minturn Saloon, which was mentioned 2 times.

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




What are some things to do in Vail?

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

profile  Claudia from Santiago asked:
Outlet for ski clothing?  (2 answers)

profile  Judy from Bethesda asked:
Summer Restaurants in Vail  (1 answer)

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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,543 miles
driving time of 23 hours, 24 minutes
Vail is 2 hours behind Pittsburgh
31 Pittsburgh travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
52 Vail travel answers





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