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Salt Lake City to Washington, DC drive

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  Salt Lake City
 Rock Springs
 Cheyenne
 North Platte
 Omaha
 Des Moines
 Chicago
 Cleveland
   Washington, DC 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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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. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Salt Lake City and Washington, DC. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Salt Lake City and Washington, DC. 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 Salt Lake City
drive for about 3 hours

12:48 pm  Rock Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:48 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:28 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 3 hours

1:07 pm  North Platte
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:07 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:08 pm  Omaha
eat at M's Pub
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Omaha
drive for about 2 hours

12:58 pm  Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 2 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 11:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 10.5 hours
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 Day 5

11:00 am  leave from The Cleveland Hostel
drive for about 6 hours

4:47 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?

Rock Springs  (2 answers)

Cheyenne  (13 answers)
    questions about Cheyenne:
        Driving from Kennesaw ga to Cheyenne wy
        What are some "must see" places in Cheyenne.

North Platte  (2 answers)

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?
        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  (286 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
        Chicago - Should we rent a car or no?

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
    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?
        Fun things to do
        Best breweries in Cleveland?


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!

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

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

profile  Michael from New York City asked:
Where to stay outside of the city?  (10 answers)

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

profile  Julian from Tampa asked:
How to make the most of three days in DC  (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!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,084 miles
driving time of 30 hours, 35 minutes
Washington, DC is 2 hours ahead of Salt Lake City
63 Salt Lake City travel answers
2 Rock Springs travel answers
13 Cheyenne travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
286 Chicago travel answers
44 Cleveland travel answers
168 Washington, DC travel answers





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