Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Default Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL in late April


    I'm trying to plan out my upcoming roadtrip from Los Angeles to Chicago in late April. I'll be making the trip out with a good friend (we're both re-locating for work) and I'd love some input on the best (i.e. shortest) route possible. Google suggests we take I-15 up into Utah, I-70 across the Rockies to Denver, I-76 into Nebraska, and I-80 to Chicago. Is this do-able in 3 days (2 nights)? If so, any suggestions on where we should stop both nights?

    Thanks, in advance, for your input!


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    The route you've listed is the shortest, but no, you can not safely do this trip in 3 days. Its more than 2000 miles, and even with 2 drivers, 3.5 days is the minimum amount of time you need.

    Stopping points would be around Richfield/Salina UT, Ogallala, NE, and Iowa City. Alternatively, if you did a short day to start you could shoot for Vegas, Grand Juction/Glenwood Springs CO, and Grand Island NE.

  3. Default

    Thanks, Michael! So helpful :)
    Last edited by ABeaton; 02-15-2012 at 05:56 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Do remember that the end of April is still "iffy" weather-wise, and keep an eye on your route's weather forecast. The area between Grand Junction and Denver CO gets up near 11,000 ft elevation, which can mean ice or snow type precipitation. (We traveled through there one JUNE and got sleeted on.)

    Another route to think about: I-40 to Oklahoma City, I-44 to St Louis, and I-55 to Chicago. But it's still at least a 4 day drive (550 mi days) any way you slice it.


  5. Default

    Thanks for all the advice, Donna. I will definitely consider the proposed route in hopes of avoiding inclement weather in the Rockies.


Similar Threads

  1. KY to CA trip....late April/early May
    By fropan62 in forum Spring RoadTrips
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 04-08-2012, 05:53 PM
  2. Yosemite to GC late April, via DV?
    By admat41 in forum Spring RoadTrips
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-11-2011, 08:51 AM
  3. Yellowstone and Mt Rushmore Mid-late April
    By herojason in forum Spring RoadTrips
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-05-2011, 07:50 PM
  4. How does late April until May 4th look for southern Utah?
    By brownsnest in forum Spring RoadTrips
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-14-2009, 07:52 PM
  5. Denver - LA Roadtrip late April?
    By sgtwilko in forum Spring RoadTrips
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-19-2007, 02:21 PM

Tags for this Thread


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  • Find the Perfect Hotel
    Search RoadTrip Motels
    Enter city name