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Boston to Tampa drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



Boston to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Boston to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Boston
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:40 pm  New York City
eat at Katz's Delicatessen
stay for about 4 hours and leave at 4:40 pm
drive for about 4 hours

8:26 pm  Washington, DC
stay overnight at JW Marriott Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from JW Marriott Hotel
drive for about 2 hours

10:46 am  Richmond
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:46 am
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:17 pm  Raleigh
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:17 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

7:42 pm  Charleston
stay overnight at Vendue Inn
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8.5 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Vendue Inn
drive for about 2 hours

10:52 am  Savannah
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 12:52 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:51 pm  Jacksonville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:51 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:17 pm  arrive in Tampa
eat at Ulele
stay at Columbia Restaurant

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Boston, Massachusetts.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

New York City  (583 answers)
    Central Park  (149 mentions)
    High Line Park  (110 mentions)
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art  (85 mentions)
    Statue of Liberty  (69 mentions)
    Times Square  (59 mentions)
    restaurants around New York City:
        Katz's Delicatessen
        Shake Shack
        Lombardi's Pizza
        Balthazar Restaurant
        Eataly
    questions about New York City:
        Where do the cool kids stay in NYC these days?
        Is it a good idea to visit NYC in December?
        What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?
        48 Hours in NYC - I NEED to know the best Pizza spots!
        free or cheap things to do in NYC
Washington, DC  (154 answers)
    National Mall  (30 mentions)
    National Air and Space Museum  (29 mentions)
    Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
    Museum of Natural History  (23 mentions)
    Lincoln Memorial  (22 mentions)
    restaurants around Washington, DC:
        National Gallery of Art
        Mitsitam Cafe
        Founding Farmers
        Rose's Luxury
        Pavilion Café
    hotels around Washington, DC:
        JW Marriott Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Washington DC
        The Willard
        Hotel Monaco Alexandria
        W Washington DC
    questions about Washington, DC:
        Best hotel near museums
        Fun free things to do in D.C.?
        Getting from Union Station to National Mall?
        How to make the most of three days in DC
        Best of the Smithsonian?
Richmond  (8 answers)
    Carytown  (4 mentions)
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Richmond:
        Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
    questions about Richmond:
        What is there to do in Richmond?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Richmond?
        Nightlife in Richmond & hotels?
Raleigh  (13 answers)
    North Carolina Museum of Art  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Raleigh:
        The Pit
        Poole's
        Bida Manda
    questions about Raleigh:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Raleigh?
        Best Non-Chain Restaurants for Families
        What's the best neighborhood in Raleigh for a first time visitor?
Charleston  (114 answers)
    King Street  (8 mentions)
    Boone Hall Plantation  (6 mentions)
    The Battery  (6 mentions)
    Folly Beach  (5 mentions)
    Waterfront Park  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Charleston:
        Husk
        Hominy Grill
        FIG
        Slightly North of Broad
        Bowen's Island Restaurant
    hotels around Charleston:
        Vendue Inn
        Charleston Place Hotel
        The Mills House Hotel
        Francis Marion Hotel
        Market Pavilion Hotel
    questions about Charleston:
        Two day trip - what are the must sees, eats, and drinks?
        Best oceanfront place to stay closest to Charleston SC
        Dinner with family in Charleston tonight...
        Afternoon in Charleston
        Newbie in Charleston, How to Spend an Afternoon
Savannah  (90 answers)
    Forsyth Park  (9 mentions)
    Bonaventure Cemetery  (5 mentions)
    Savannah's Historic District  (3 mentions)
    The Pirates House Savannah GA  (3 mentions)
    River Street  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Savannah:
        Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
        Crystal Beer Parlor
        The Olde Pink House
        Gryphon Tea Room
        Clary's Cafe
    questions about Savannah:
        What is your favorite under rated attraction in Savannah?
        Leisurely trip to Savannah
        Things to do and where to stay
        What are fun things to do in Savannah on a budget?
        Little Ones in Savannah
Jacksonville  (21 answers)
    questions about Jacksonville:
        What's the best neighborhood in Jacksonville for a first time visitor?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Tampa, Florida.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




Where's the best place to stay in Tampa?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Tampa.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Columbia Restaurant, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Tampa? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in Tampa?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ulele, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Piquant Hyde Park  (3 mentions)
Oxford Exchange  (2 mentions)
Bern's Steak House  (2 mentions)
Ava  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Tampa? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Tampa?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Busch Gardens Tampa  (5 mentions)
Bayshore Blvd  (4 mentions)
Tampa Riverwalk  (4 mentions)
South Howard Ave  (3 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Tampa. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Catherine Recinos from Chapel Hill asked:
Best new restaurants in Tampa?  (7 answers)

 Jennifer Nguyen from Culver City asked:
Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?  (7 answers)

 Avery Zimmer from Berkeley asked:
Beaches around Tampa  (5 answers)

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tampa?  (5 answers)

 Katie MCarthy from Columbus asked:
Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa  (5 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Tampa.






Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Tampa to Boston drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Boston to Tampa. Or get a full Boston to Tampa flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Boston well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Boston!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,346 miles
driving time of 20 hours, 4 minutes
Tampa is the same time as Boston
182 Boston travel answers
583 New York City travel answers
154 Washington, DC travel answers
8 Richmond travel answers
13 Raleigh travel answers
114 Charleston travel answers
90 Savannah travel answers
21 Jacksonville travel answers
54 Tampa travel answers





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