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Charleston to Phoenix drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets


Charleston to Phoenix road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Charleston to Phoenix. If you're planning a road trip to Phoenix, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Charleston and Phoenix. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Charleston
drive for about 4.5 hours

2:36 pm  Atlanta
stay for about 2.5 hours and leave at 5:06 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:16 pm  Birmingham (Alabama)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Birmingham (Alabama)
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:38 pm  Jackson (Mississippi)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:38 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:02 pm  Shreveport
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Shreveport
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:43 pm  Dallas
stay overnight at Hotel Zaza Dallas
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Hotel Zaza Dallas
drive for about 5 hours

2:14 pm  Midland
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:14 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:28 pm  El Paso
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from El Paso
drive for about 5 hours

3:01 pm  Sabino Canyon
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:01 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:14 pm  arrive in Phoenix
eat at Chelsea's Kitchen
stay at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

day 5 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Charleston, South Carolina.

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?

Atlanta  (111 answers)
    Georgia Aquarium  (29 mentions)
    World of Coca-Cola  (20 mentions)
    Piedmont Park  (16 mentions)
    Midtown Atlanta  (14 mentions)
    High Museum of Art  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Atlanta:
        The Varsity
        Mary Mac's Tea Room
        Antico Pizza Napoletana
        Empire State South
        JCT Kitchen & Bar
    questions about Atlanta:
        Good Restaurants Unique to Atlanta?
        Great, reasonable places to eat.
        Tourist spots worth seeing in Atlanta?
        Authentic Southern Food!
        Best family activities in Atlanta?
Birmingham (Alabama)  (31 answers)
    questions about Birmingham (Alabama):
        Entertainment for a large group of customers in Birmingham?
        locate a good breakfast or coffee shop on the west side of Birmingham
Jackson (Mississippi)  (9 answers)
    questions about Jackson (Mississippi):
        What's going down in Jackson, MS for New Years Eve?
Shreveport  (16 answers)
    R.W. Norton Art Gallery  (2 mentions)
    questions about Shreveport:
        Best free things to do in Shreveport?
Dallas  (106 answers)
    Perot Museum of Nature and Science  (14 mentions)
    Dallas Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza  (10 mentions)
    Nasher Sculpture Center  (9 mentions)
    Klyde Warren Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Dallas:
        Pecan Lodge
        Lockhart Smokehouse
        Peggy Sue BBQ
        Smoke
        Oddfellows
    hotels around Dallas:
        Hotel Zaza Dallas
        Belmont Hotel Dallas
        Rosewood Crescent Hotel
    questions about Dallas:
        Where is the best barbeque in Dallas?
        Where to go for lunch in Dallas?
        Going to Dallas for 2 weeks - what to see?
        Best free things to do in Dallas?
        Best breakfast spots in Dallas?
Midland  (6 answers)
El Paso  (26 answers)
    questions about El Paso:
        Best free things to do in El Paso?
        Must-see spots & fun things to do for 4 guys in their mid twenties?
        El Paso, TX
Sabino Canyon  (7 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Phoenix, Arizona.

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



Where's the best place to stay in Phoenix?

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 Phoenix.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

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





Where's the best place to eat in Phoenix?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chelsea's Kitchen, which was mentioned 6 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

SunUp Brewing Co  (3 mentions)
The Parlor Pizzeria  (3 mentions)
The Clever Koi  (2 mentions)
Crudo  (2 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in Phoenix?

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:

Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
Frances  (2 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 Phoenix. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?  (10 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson  (9 answers)

profile  Dea from New York City asked:
Best restaurants in Phoenix?  (9 answers)

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?  (6 answers)

profile  Hillary from Atlanta asked:
Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?  (5 answers)

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





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 Phoenix to Charleston 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 Charleston to Phoenix. Or get a full Charleston to Phoenix 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 Charleston well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Charleston!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,171 miles
driving time of 32 hours, 35 minutes
Phoenix is 3 hours behind Charleston
117 Charleston travel answers
111 Atlanta travel answers
31 Birmingham (Alabama) travel answers
9 Jackson (Mississippi) travel answers
16 Shreveport travel answers
106 Dallas travel answers
6 Midland travel answers
26 El Paso travel answers
106 Phoenix travel answers





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