Hillary Clinton’s road trip to Iowa

Updated

Hillary Clinton is on the road to Iowa.

After officially declaring her presidential bid, Hillary Clinton climbed into a van from her home in Chappaqua, New York, and headed to Iowa on Monday, a campaign aide told msnbc.

While she has no planned public stops until Tuesday morning, Clinton is making her way to the first-in-the-nation caucus state and stopping along the way. Her first stop was at a gas station in Pennsylvania, where aides said she visited with people there.

Related: Ready for Hillary 2.0

She may stop again in Ohio. 

The drive across I-80 takes about 16 hours, without stops, according to Google Maps, and will take Clinton clear through the key general election swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. It will also take her close to her hometown of Park Ridge, Illinois, outside Chicago.

Clinton left about an hour after posting her announcement video on Sunday afternoon and is traveling with longtime aide Huma Abedin and spokesperson Nick Merrill, along with a light Secret Service presence, NBC News learned. Clinton has dubbed the black van she often travels in her “Scooby Doo van.” 

It was Clinton’s idea to drive to the state, which vanquished her first presidential bid when she came in third, as it will give her a chance to chat casually with voters – and outside the media’s glare.

Clinton has two public stops in Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday, one outside of Des Moines and the other in the Northeastern part of the state. The first will be a roundtable with educators and students at a community college, while the second will be a roundtable on businesses.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton's road trip to Iowa

Updated