Des Plaines Illinois to Rock Hill S.C.


Veteran Member
May 25, 2004
NW Burb of Chicago
2004 Passat Sedan, 2016 E250 Sport
Des Plaines Illinois to Rock Hill South Carolina. Door to door distance = 810 miles (13-hours). I’m thinking the following route:
• Des Plaines, Illinois - 294 to 94
• Gary, Indiana – South on 65
• Indianapolis, Indiana – 65
• Louisville, Kentucky – 65 - 64
• Lexington, Kentucky – 64 - 75
• Knoxville, Tennessee – 75 - 40
• Asheville, North Carolina – 40 - 26
• Spartanburg, South Carolina – 26 - 85
• Blacksburg, South Carolina – 85 - 5
• Rock Hill, South Carolina – etc.

There seems to be a lot of construction in Indiana according to Google Maps. Hope I don’t get shot by a sniper going through the Chicago area and along the north portion of Indian. Should be able to make it without refueling if I drive the speed limit.


Top Post Dawg
May 27, 2003
Southeast Kentucky
Silver 2003 Jetta TDI, Silver 2000 Jetta TDI (sold), '84 Vanagon with '02 ALH engine
Here is an alternate route to I-40 that will break the monotony of Interstate driving.

On I-75 in Southeastern Kentucky, take Exit 29 and go east on Highway 25E. It is a 4-lane with a 55 mph speed limit ... you'll be good at about 62 mph. There will be 7 traffic lights in the first couple of miles. Then, you'll have about 60 miles to Cumberland Gap (Ky, TN & VA). There will be three towns with a few traffic lights. However, they are all on the 4-lane and traffic moves just fine.

Anyway, once you reach Cumberland Gap (Middlesboro, KY) and go thru the tunnel into Tennessee, it will be smooth sailing to I-81. Go west on I-81 to 1-40.

This route totally by-passes Knoxville, TN and also cuts off about 40 miles.