How far is Chicago from DC driving?

I live in Chicago, and I want to take my kids to see The White House. How long will it take for me to drive to Washington, D.C.?

Sean Boehme · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Everyone should get a chance to see their country’s capital at some point, so it is great that you’re choosing to make the trip! The drive from
Washington, D.C.
is about 700 miles, which should take you between 11 and 12 hours, depending on the route.
The total drive time will depend on the
traffic conditions
and how often you stop. To save yourself time on the trip, try to plan around rush-hour traffic in both cities. Be sure to stop frequently so that you stay focused and avoid
highway hypnosis
There is a ton to see once you get to D.C., so it should prove to be well worth such a long drive. Some famed attractions in D.C. include:
  • The White House
  • The Capitol Building
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Once you’ve finished up touring the city, it should take you the same amount of time to return home to Chicago.
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