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Salt Lake City to Washington, DC drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days



Salt Lake City to Washington, DC road trip planner

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.

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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 3.5 hours

4:40 pm  Laramie
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Laramie
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:24 pm  Hastings (Nebraska)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Hastings (Nebraska)
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:32 pm  Omaha
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:32 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:30 pm  Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 4

8:00 am  leave from Des Moines
drive for about 5 hours

1:03 pm  Chicago
stay for about 4 hours and leave at 5:03 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours

10:35 pm  Cleveland
stay overnight at The Cleveland Hostel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 10.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from The Cleveland Hostel
drive for about 2 hours

12:05 pm  Pittsburgh
eat at Primanti Brothers
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:05 pm
drive for about 4 hours

4:59 pm  arrive in Washington, DC
stay at JW Marriott Hotel

day 5 driving ≈ 6 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
Laramie  (5 answers)
    questions about Laramie:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laramie?
Hastings (Nebraska)  (2 answers)
    questions about Hastings (Nebraska):
        Places to go
Omaha  (17 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  (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?
Chicago  (267 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
    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?
Cleveland  (43 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
    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  (30 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:
        Primanti Brothers
        Primanti Bros.
    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?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Washington, District of Columbia.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Washington, DC?

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:

The Willard  (3 mentions)
W Washington DC  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in Washington, DC?

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:

Mitsitam Cafe  (10 mentions)
Founding Farmers  (9 mentions)
Rose's Luxury  (9 mentions)
Pavilion CafĂ©  (8 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Washington, DC?

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:

National Mall  (30 mentions)
Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
Lincoln Memorial  (22 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 Washington, DC. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Jessica Franco from asked:
Best hotel near museums  (20 answers)

 Hannah Grant from Milwaukee asked:
Fun free things to do in D.C.?  (11 answers)

 Annemarie Dooling from New York City asked:
Getting from Union Station to National Mall?  (10 answers)

 Julian Sabos from Tampa asked:
How to make the most of three days in DC  (10 answers)

 Bianca Sousa from Miami asked:
Best of the Smithsonian?  (10 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Washington, DC.






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 Washington, DC 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 Washington, DC. Or get a full Salt Lake City to Washington, DC 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 2,086 miles
driving time of 31 hours, 50 minutes
Washington, DC is 2 hours ahead of Salt Lake City
63 Salt Lake City travel answers
5 Laramie travel answers
2 Hastings (Nebraska) travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
267 Chicago travel answers
43 Cleveland travel answers
30 Pittsburgh travel answers
158 Washington, DC travel answers





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