Driving from Denver to Chicago

Old Mar 17th, 2012, 09:21 AM
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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.
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Old Mar 17th, 2012, 03:24 PM
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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/
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Old Mar 20th, 2012, 07:30 AM
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Thanks Sheri. Interesting site. Will come in handy.
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Old Mar 20th, 2012, 09:02 AM
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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.
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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.
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Old Mar 20th, 2012, 02:41 PM
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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
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Old Mar 20th, 2012, 03:32 PM
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if you go on I80 stop in LeClaire,IA-downtown shops and restaurants right on the river
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Old Mar 24th, 2012, 11:11 AM
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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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