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Washington, DC to Salt Lake City drive

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

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Washington, DC to Salt Lake City road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Washington, DC to Salt Lake City. If you're planning a road trip to Salt Lake City, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Washington, DC and Salt Lake City. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Washington, DC and Salt Lake City. 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 Washington, DC
drive for about 4 hours

1:54 pm  Pittsburgh
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:54 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:59 pm  Cleveland
stay overnight at The Cleveland Hostel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from The Cleveland Hostel
drive for about 5 hours

4:08 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 5 hours

3:15 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:15 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:23 pm  Omaha
eat at M's Pub
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Omaha
drive for about 4 hours

2:00 pm  North Platte
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:00 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:28 pm  Cheyenne
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Cheyenne
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:39 pm  Rock Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:39 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:27 pm  arrive in Salt Lake City
eat at Red Iguana
stay at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel

day 5 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Washington, District of Columbia.

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?

Pittsburgh  (31 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?
        Pittsburgh on a budget?
        Trendy neighborhoods in Pittsburgh?
        What's the best neighborhood in Pittsburgh for a first time visitor?

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?

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
    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?

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?

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

North Platte  (2 answers)

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

Rock Springs  (2 answers)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Salt Lake City, Utah.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Salt Lake City?

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 Salt Lake City.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Off-Broadway Studios  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Salt Lake City? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Salt Lake City?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Red Iguana, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pig and A Jelly Jar  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Salt Lake 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:

Temple Square  (8 mentions)
Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
The Beehive House  (2 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 Salt Lake City. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?  (14 answers)

profile  Matt from Orondo, Washington asked:
What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?  (6 answers)

profile  Eric from Moscow asked:
Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?  (4 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Winter time activities in Salt Lake City  (3 answers)

profile  Liz from Los Angeles asked:
Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Salt Lake 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 Salt Lake City to Washington, DC 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 Washington, DC to Salt Lake City. Or get a full Washington, DC to Salt Lake 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 Washington, DC well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Washington, DC!





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





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