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Road trip question.. Chicago to Seattle

So... I'm driving to Seattle with one other driver.
We leave on a Thursday evening and need to arrive on Saturday night or at least Sunday morning.
Thats roughly 3 days and the most direct route seems rather boring.. 2055 miles through WI, MN, ND, MT and WA.

What I would like to do is go from Chicago to Denver (1010 miles) non stop, rest there and then go Denver to Seattle (1331 miles) with one more stop along the way. (if you dont want to do the math... IL to WA via CO is 2341 miles total.)

Am I crazy for rerouting to Denver?
Is it reasonable to think 2 of us can do Chicago to Denver non stop? (est. 14 hours)
Should I just stick with the first mentioned route and not mess with Denver??

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With 2 drivers, non-stop is not unreasonable. People do 1000 miles in 24 hours on motorcycles, cars are MUCH easier. If you do it non-stop... one person sleeps while the other drives.

Good music and stopping every hour or 2 to stretch and you should be OK... If you feel tired, switch drivers or stop for the night.

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88/80 (whichever is better), take it all the way to Salt Lake City, head north on 84 to Portland, OR then I5 north. done.

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I was just there...

Just take I-90 all the way out there.
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I was just there...

Just take I-90 all the way out there.
Thats the route that seems a bit boring.... I thought going to through Denver might liven it up some.

Any thoughts?

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I flew there...

LOL, but really, 90 would be a straight shot, no way of getting lost.
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Thats the route that seems a bit boring.... I thought going to through Denver might liven it up some.

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i went there for some ice cream with a bunch of friends:

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ok.. thats a thread jack if I ever saw one.. lol.

That looks like a freaking blast!!

I just want to know if Im nuts for going to Denver instead of going on a straight shot on 90.
I have a GPS, so Im not too worried about getting lost.

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Why waste the time in Denver. Seattle has a ton to offer, Belltown night life is next superb.
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Why waste the time in Denver. Seattle has a ton to offer, Belltown night life is next superb.

I've been to Seattle several times.. (by plane mind you)
But I have never been to Denver and I figured the Mountains would make for a better road trip.

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So... I'm driving to Seattle with one other driver.
We leave on a Thursday evening and need to arrive on Saturday night or at least Sunday morning.
Thats roughly 3 days and the most direct route seems rather boring.. 2055 miles through WI, MN, ND, MT and WA.

What I would like to do is go from Chicago to Denver (1010 miles) non stop, rest there and then go Denver to Seattle (1331 miles) with one more stop along the way. (if you dont want to do the math... IL to WA via CO is 2341 miles total.)

Am I crazy for rerouting to Denver?
Is it reasonable to think 2 of us can do Chicago to Denver non stop? (est. 14 hours)
Should I just stick with the first mentioned route and not mess with Denver??

Any suggestions, tips or advise would be greatly appreciated!
not that bad, longest i've driven, was like 22 hours, it sucked. Although 2 hours in a town, then god knows how long through 80/94 and 294 through the pouring rain (had to swerve around an accident on 80.94 too! cars in the middle of the expressway lol), so it was a VERY long 900 mile drive.

I'd say 7 hours a driver is fine, just make sure you try to alternate sleeping so both of you aren't tired at once.

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I'd go through denver IMO, gives you some nice mountain views (and picture opportunities)

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ive driven 14hrs straight by myself plenty of times. with two drivers that chit will be easy, dont even stop and dont go through denver.



if u stop to tool around in Denver, then yeah stop. But if u are just hitting a hotel there then no. plus if u leave IL in the morning then u wont be able to see a damn thing at night in denver.

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For real hit denver add to the memories and the I rode through here also list.

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Thats the route that seems a bit boring.... I thought going to through Denver might liven it up some.

Any thoughts?
80 all the way to denver is boring as well. it's awesome once you get past denver and into those mountains but it's flat and boring otherwise.
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You take a chance of the mountains getting shut down if for some reason they are getting snow. The weather changes fast and is different in the mountains. If you are on a time restraint I would avoid Denver or maybe hit it on the way back.
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I drove to california summer 07. My first day was home to cheyenne, wy and I was driving solo. I didn't think i'd make it as far as I did, but it wasn't bad at all.

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some areas are looking at starting to get snow over 8000 ft, definitly something to think about

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