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Pittsburgh to Yellowstone National Park drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days   /   no pets


Pittsburgh to Yellowstone National Park road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Pittsburgh to Yellowstone National Park. If you're planning a road trip to Yellowstone National Park, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Pittsburgh and Yellowstone National Park. 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 Pittsburgh
drive for about 2 hours

12:05 pm  Cleveland
eat at Lola
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:05 pm
drive for about 5 hours

6:13 pm  Chicago
eat at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:33 pm  Madison
eat at The Old Fashioned
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:33 pm
drive for about 4 hours

5:41 pm  Minneapolis
eat at The Bachelor Farmer
stay overnight at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:37 pm  West Fargo
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:37 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:14 pm  Bismarck
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Bismarck
drive for about 4 hours

12:50 pm  Miles City
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:50 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:57 pm  Billings
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:57 pm
drive for about 4 hours

8:52 pm  arrive at Yellowstone National Park

day 4 driving ≈ 10 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?

Cleveland  (44 answers)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (13 mentions)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (6 mentions)
    West Side Market  (6 mentions)
    Great Lakes Brewing Company  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Cleveland:
        Lola
        Lolita
        The Greenhouse Tavern
        Melt Bar & Grilled
        L'Albatros
    questions about Cleveland:
        Good restaurants for business dinner?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?
        New to the city, friend coming to visit: What should we do?
        Vegetarian near Playhouse Square
        Best breweries in Cleveland?
Chicago  (270 answers)
    Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
    The Art Institute of Chicago  (48 mentions)
    Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
    Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
    Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 mentions)
    restaurants around Chicago:
        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        Pequod's Pizza
        Girl & the Goat
        Big Star
        Au Cheval
    hotels around Chicago:
        The James Chicago Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Chicago
        Acme Hotel Company Chicago
        Virgin Hotels Chicago
        Thompson Chicago
    questions about Chicago:
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?
Madison  (24 answers)
    Wisconsin State Capitol  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Madison:
        The Old Fashioned
        Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co
        L'Etoile
        Ha Long Bay
    questions about Madison:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
        Family-friendly campsites near Madison for large groups
        Where is there a good Japanese restaurant?
        One day trip, looking for a good time under $100
        Catholic Easter Vigil Mass with good music in Madison?
Minneapolis  (45 answers)
    Lake Calhoun  (23 mentions)
    Lake Harriet  (21 mentions)
    Lake Of The Isles  (17 mentions)
    Minnehaha Falls  (10 mentions)
    Minnehaha Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Minneapolis:
        The Bachelor Farmer
        112 Eatery
        Sea Salt Eatery
        Midtown Global Market
        Psycho Suzi's
    hotels around Minneapolis:
        Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America
    questions about Minneapolis:
        Is the Mall of America worth visiting?
        Fine dining in Minneapolis?
        What are the best lakes in and/or around Minneapolis?
        What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis?
        Best areas to stay in Minneapolis?
West Fargo  (5 answers)
    questions about West Fargo:
        What is your favorite restaurant in West Fargo?
        rv campgrounds
Bismarck
Miles City
Billings  (6 answers)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Yellowstone National Park.

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



What are some things to do in Yellowstone National Park?

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 Yellowstone National Park. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Janice from asked:
Walking with difficulty. What can I do while family hikes?  (6 answers)

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Bucket- List road trip  (3 answers)

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Stop off driving between Yellowston and Yosemite  (2 answers)

profile  Blair from Tigard, Oregon asked:
What to do with one day at Yellowstone?  (2 answers)

profile  Chris from New York City asked:
Need help with Yellowstone itinerary for family of 4  (2 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 Yellowstone National Park 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 Yellowstone National Park. Or get a full Pittsburgh to Yellowstone National Park 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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,857 miles
driving time of 28 hours, 56 minutes
Yellowstone National Park is 2 hours behind Pittsburgh
31 Pittsburgh travel answers
44 Cleveland travel answers
270 Chicago travel answers
24 Madison travel answers
45 Minneapolis travel answers
5 West Fargo travel answers
1 Bismarck travel answer
6 Billings travel answers
89 Yellowstone National Park travel answers





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