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cobbie2 Mar 17th, 2012 09:21 AM

Driving from Denver to Chicago
 
I'm going to make my first drive to Chicago the first of May. I would like to drive along the Mississippi River N of I80. Is it better to drive on the Illinois or Iowa side? Is there really anything to see along there?? I'm actually going to the NW Chicago 'burbs so thought I could go thru Rockford.

Any ideas along the river?? Or just shoot thru to my destination??

Thanks in advance.

sheri_lp Mar 17th, 2012 03:24 PM

I have been waiting for the chance to share this website by the Lincoln Highway Association. I haven't made this trip yet, but I intend to do it sometime. If you like old stuff:

http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/

cobbie2 Mar 20th, 2012 07:30 AM

Thanks Sheri. Interesting site. Will come in handy.

fmpden Mar 20th, 2012 09:02 AM

It is going to be hard to drive along the Mississippi for more than a short distance given that the river runs mostly north and south. We have made that run more than once and it is not all that interesting.

PaulRabe Mar 20th, 2012 11:54 AM

Having lived in Iowa for fourteen years, I can confirm what fmpden has just said. There are a few historically interesting towns on the Mississippi, but none are worth a detour.

> Or just shoot thru to my destination??
That would be your best bet. Be prepared for miles of miles.

tomfuller Mar 20th, 2012 02:41 PM

The Amtrak fare on the California Zephyr is $110 (less with AAA or senior discount) from Denver to Chicago. The train gets to Chicago about 3 PM after a 19 hour overnight trip.
Rental cars are available at Chicago Union Station if you can't get to the NW Chicago location on CTA.
I never really enjoyed the drive across Nebraska. Iowa is a little more interesting

bwg Mar 20th, 2012 03:32 PM

if you go on I80 stop in LeClaire,IA-downtown shops and restaurants right on the river

cobbie2 Mar 24th, 2012 11:11 AM

I'm pretty set on driving. Glad to know I don't have to go out of my way along the River. Will stop in LcClaire IA for a break. Thanks to all.


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