Interstate 80


I-80 is unique because it merges with I-90 for a while in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Including this merger, the interstate runs near a whopping 2,900 miles in length!! This makes it the 2nd longest interstate in the nation, coming in just below I-90 by about 120 miles.

I-80 is one of the Big 5 east-to-west interstates (I-90, I-70, I-40 and I-10). Its eastern end is in the Big Apple - New York City; - and its western end is in the City by the Bay - San Francisco. It is a true east-to-west interstate.

Attractions Near I-80

Interstate 80 is enormous AND passes through several of the largest metropolitan areas found in the United States. With that being said, there are a tremendous number of things to see and do close by. Here are just a sampling of those, from coast to coast:

  • Statue of Liberty New York, NY
  • Little Italy New York, NY
  • Times Square New York, NY
  • Lanterman's Mill Youngstown, OH
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland, OH
  • Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
  • Pizzeria Uno Chicago, IL
  • Navy Pier Chicago, IL
  • The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
  • Wells Fargo Museum Des Moines, IA
  • Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum Omaha, NE
  • Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Omaha, NE
  • Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Cheyenne, WY
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Cheyenne, WY
  • Museum of Fine Arts Salt Lake City, UT
  • Alcatraz Island San Francisco, CA
  • Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, CA


Construction began in 1956 and ended in 1993. I-90 helped merge several routes including The Ohio Turnpike and Chicago Skyway.

States I-80 Travels Through

I-80 travels through twelve states on its journey from the east to the west coasts. They are listed below, from east to west:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • Wyoming
  • Utah
  • Nevada
  • California

I-80 Major Cities

As mentioned above, I-80 travels through several of the largest cities and metropolitan areas in the United States. These include New York, Chicago, Sacramento and San Francisco.

In addition, there are a number of other fairly large cities along the route, such as Cleveland, Omaha, Reno and Des Moines. There is a plethora of art, history, food and more to be found in these cities, and smaller towns as well!

  • New York, New York
  • Youngstown, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Sacramento, California
  • San Franciso, California

Major Connections & Interchanges

  • New York, NY I-95 N to Plymouth, MA and Boston, MA I-95 S to Philadelphia, PA
  • Parsippany-Troy Hills, PA I-287 N to Albany, NY
  • Drums, PA I-81 N to Wilkes-Barre, PA and Scranton, PA I-81 S to Harrisburg, PA
  • Mercer and Grove City, PA I-79 N to Erie, PA I-79 S to Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cleveland, OH I-77 N to Downtown Cleveland, OH I-77 S to Canton, OH I-71 S to Columbus, OH
  • Elyria, OH Merger with I-90 to Chicago, IL
  • Toledo, OH I-75 N to Detroit, MI I-75 S to Dayton, OH
  • Fremont, IN I-69 N to Lansing, MI I-69 S to Fort Wayne, IN
  • Gary, IN I-65 S to Indianapolis, IN
  • Chicago, IL I-57 S to Champaign, IL I-55 S to Springfield, IL
  • La Salle, IL I-39 N to Rockford, IL I-39 S to Bloomington, IL
  • Des Moines, IA I-35 N to Minneapolis I-35 S to Kansas City, MO
  • Omaha, NE I-29 N to Sioux Falls, SD I-29 S to Kansas City, MO
  • Cheyenne, WY I-25 N to Billings, MT I-25 S to Denver, CO
  • Salt Lake City, UT I-15 N to Idaho Falls, ID I-15 S to Las Vegas, NV
  • Sacramento, CA I-5 N to Portland, OR I-5 S to Los Angeles, CA



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