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  1. Default Chicago, Niagara, St. Louis road trip in 14 days

    Hi, we are flying to Chicago from UK in September and driving to Buffalo to see Niagara Falls. We plan on driving back to Chicago via St. Louis but have little idea as to the feasibility of doing this in 16 days? We are staying 3 nights in Chicago and 3 nights at Buffalo. Will have 8 days to drive from Buffalo to St Louis and then back to Chicago. any guidance would be much appreciated!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO



    You have plenty of time. Using Interstate highways, it's 535 miles from Chicago to Buffalo, and it can be driven in one day if you need to. Buffalo to St. Louis is 750 miles, and can be driven in a day and a half. St. Louis to Chicago is 300 miles and can be driven in 5 hours.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default The Longest Day

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    The only problem I see in your initial outline is that it appears that you will be driving from Chicago to Niagara Falls in a single day. While that is just possible, assuming you take I-94 to Sarnia MI and then ON-402/ON-401/ON-403 to Niagara Falls (Canada), any significant delay in crossing the border could easily turn that into a very long day. You should also plan on getting up dark and early on the day you leave Chicago and make every attempt to get out of the city (and through Gary IN) well before morning rush hour starts.

    The drive from Niagara Falls (USA) to St. Louis can be done in two very easy days, but I'd suggest that you take a bit more time and stop at some of the venues en route. Depending on your interests, there's Cleveland's Museum of Natural History and/or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dayton's US Air Force Museum, Indianapolis' Motor Speedway, and a host of smaller sites.

    Make sure when you pick up your rental car that they know you intend to take it into Canada. This should be a simple matter, but they should give you a proof of Canadian insurance card.


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