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Salt Lake City to Iowa City drive

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Salt Lake City to Iowa City road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Salt Lake City to Iowa City. If you're planning a road trip to Iowa City, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Salt Lake City
drive for about 2 hours

12:14 pm  Little America
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:14 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:18 pm  Rawlins
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:18 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:29 pm  Cheyenne
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Cheyenne
drive for about 2 hours

12:09 pm  Big Springs
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:09 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:14 pm  Original Pony Express Station
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:14 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:16 pm  Hastings (Nebraska)
stay overnight and 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 Hastings (Nebraska)
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:32 pm  Omaha
eat at M's Pub
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:32 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:30 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:30 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:18 pm  arrive in Iowa City
eat at Hamburg Inn No. 2

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Salt Lake City, Utah.

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?

Little America
Cheyenne  (13 answers)
    questions about Cheyenne:
        Driving from Kennesaw ga to Cheyenne wy
        What are some "must see" places in Cheyenne.
Big Springs
Original Pony Express Station
Hastings (Nebraska)  (2 answers)
    questions about Hastings (Nebraska):
        Places to go
Omaha  (16 answers)
    Henry Doorly Zoo  (8 mentions)
    Joslyn Art Museum  (3 mentions)
    Lauritzen Gardens  (2 mentions)
    The Durham Museum  (2 mentions)
    Omaha Children's Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Omaha:
        M's Pub
        Stokes Grill & Bar Wood Fired Foods
        801 Chophouse at The Paxton
        Lo Sole Mio Ristorante
    questions about Omaha:
        Best free things to do in Omaha?
        Low-key bachelor party activities in Omaha?
        Dog friendly hotels
Des Moines  (17 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 Iowa City, Iowa.

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

Where's the best place to eat in Iowa City?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Hamburg Inn No. 2, which was mentioned 2 times.

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

What are some things to do in Iowa City?

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:

University of Iowa  (7 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 Iowa City. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Rafael Lorenzo from Naples asked:
What is there to visit in Iowa City?  (7 answers)

 Joanne Meneses from Florida asked:
Things to see or do in Iowa City  (2 answers)

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

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 Iowa City to Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City to Iowa City. Or get a full Salt Lake City to Iowa City 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 Salt Lake City well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Salt Lake City!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,181 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 58 minutes
Iowa City is 1 hour ahead of Salt Lake City
62 Salt Lake City travel answers
1 Rawlins travel answer
13 Cheyenne travel answers
2 Hastings (Nebraska) travel answers
16 Omaha travel answers
17 Des Moines travel answers
5 Iowa City travel answers

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