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Washington, DC to Salt Lake City via Denver

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  Washington, DC
 Morgantown
 Indianapolis
 St. Louis
 Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering
 Burlington (Colorado)
 Denver
 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 Denver. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Washington, DC and Denver. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Washington, DC
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:18 pm  Morgantown
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:18 pm
drive for about 6.5 hours

7:35 pm  Indianapolis
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Indianapolis
drive for about 4 hours

2:58 pm  St. Louis
stay overnight at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 3

8:00 am  leave from Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
drive for about 4.5 hours

12:41 pm  eat at Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:41 pm
drive for about 8 hours

9:43 pm  Burlington (Colorado)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 12.5 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Burlington (Colorado)
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:28 pm  Denver
stay overnight at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
drive for about 5 hours

3:06 pm  Rock Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:06 pm
drive for about 3 hours

6:53 pm  arrive in Salt Lake City
eat at Red Iguana
stay at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel

day 5 driving ≈ 8 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?

Morgantown  (9 answers)
    questions about Morgantown:
        What's the best neighborhood in Morgantown (West Virginia) for a first time visitor?

Indianapolis  (34 answers)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art  (4 mentions)
    Indianapolis Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Indianapolis:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?
        Awesome food trucks?
        Best free things to do in Indianapolis?
        Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis

St. Louis  (72 answers)
    Forest Park  (10 mentions)
    St. Louis Zoo  (6 mentions)
    City Museum  (5 mentions)
    Gateway Arch  (4 mentions)
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around St. Louis:
        Pappy's Smokehouse
        Ted Drewes
        Iron Barley Eating Establishment
        Pastaria
        Companion
    hotels around St. Louis:
        Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
        The Lemp Mansion
    questions about St. Louis:
        Great lunch places in St Louis
        Good St. Louis dines?
        Good family vacation within 10 hours of St. Louis (not Branson)?
        Where are the best places to stay in St. Louis?
        What's the best neighborhood in St. Louis for a first time visitor?

Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering  (33 mentions)

Burlington (Colorado)

Denver  (168 answers)
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science  (15 mentions)
    Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
    Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
    LoDo  (11 mentions)
    Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Denver:
        Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
        Rioja
        Acorn
        Root Down
        Bistro Vendome
    hotels around Denver:
        The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
        The Crawford Hotel
        Four Seasons Hotel Denver
        Hotel Teatro
        the Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Fun outdoor activities in Denver?
        Best locations to stay in Denver

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  Shipra from New Delhi asked:
best time to visit salt lake city and places around like Bryce canyon park.  (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 2,181 miles
driving time of 32 hours, 17 minutes
168 Washington, DC travel answers
9 Morgantown travel answers
34 Indianapolis travel answers
72 St. Louis travel answers
168 Denver travel answers
2 Rock Springs travel answers
63 Salt Lake City travel answers





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