Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Salt Lake City to Washington, DC. If you're planning a road trip to Washington, DC, 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.
Day 1, 10:00 am: start in Salt Lake City
drive for about 2 hours
Day 1, 12:14 pm: Little America
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:14 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours
Day 1, 4:40 pm: Laramie
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am
Day 2, 10:00 am: leave from Laramie
drive for about 7.5 hours
Day 2, 5:24 pm: Hastings (Nebraska)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am
Day 3, 11:00 am: leave from Hastings (Nebraska)
drive for about 2.5 hours
Day 3, 1:32 pm: Omaha
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:32 pm
drive for about 2 hours
Day 3, 4:30 pm: Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am
Day 4, 8:00 am: leave from Des Moines
drive for about 5 hours
Day 4, 1:03 pm: Chicago
stay for about 4 hours and leave at 5:03 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours
Day 5, 10:00 am: leave from The Cleveland Hostel
drive for about 2 hours
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.
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.
Laramie (4 answers)
questions about Laramie:
What is your favorite restaurant in Laramie?
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:
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?
Chicago (245 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
Girl & the Goat
questions about Chicago:
Best Chicago pizza?
What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?
Cleveland (38 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:
The Greenhouse Tavern
Melt Bar & Grilled
hotels around Cleveland:
The Cleveland Hostel
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?
Pittsburgh (26 answers)
Andy Warhol Museum (9 mentions)
Carnegie Museum of Natural History (8 mentions)
National Aviary (6 mentions)
Carnegie Museum of Art (6 mentions)
Phipps Conservatory (5 mentions)
restaurants around Pittsburgh:
questions about Pittsburgh:
First timer to Pittsburgh, what should I explore?
First time to Pittsburgh, what are things a first time visitor has to do?
Parking spots for a 45' motorcoach in or near downtown Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh on a budget?
Trendy neighborhoods in Pittsburgh?
Your final destination is Washington, District of Columbia.
You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.
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 Washington, DC.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out JW Marriott Hotel, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.
Here are some more hotels people talk about:
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest National Gallery of Art, which was mentioned 19 times.
Here are some more restaurants people talk about:
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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:
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!
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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!
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.
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