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Charlotte to Louisville via Wheeling (West Virginia)

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Charlotte to Louisville road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Charlotte to Louisville. If you're planning a road trip to Louisville, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. 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 Charlotte
drive for about 2 hours

12:00 pm  Blue Ridge Parkway
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:00 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:48 pm  Beckley
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:48 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:54 pm  Charleston (West Virginia)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Charleston (West Virginia)
drive for about 3 hours

11:47 am  Wheeling (West Virginia)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:47 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:54 pm  Columbus
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:54 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:26 pm  Cincinnati
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:26 pm
drive for about 2 hours

8:12 pm  arrive in Louisville
stay at 21C Museum Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Blue Ridge Parkway  (8 mentions)
    questions about Blue Ridge Parkway:
        What’s a good route and places to stop
        Where do we stay overnight

Beckley  (2 answers)

Charleston (West Virginia)  (15 answers)
    questions about Charleston (West Virginia):
        Historic sites

Wheeling (West Virginia)  (3 answers)

Columbus  (39 answers)
    The Short North  (3 mentions)
    Wolf's Ridge Brewing  (2 mentions)
    Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse  (2 mentions)
    North Market  (2 mentions)
    Columbus Museum of Art  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Columbus:
        Late Night Slice
        Northstar Café
        Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
        The Thurman Cafe
        Lavash Cafe
    questions about Columbus:
        What's the best neighborhood in Columbus for a first time visitor?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Columbus?
        Where should we eat in Columbus?
        What to see and eat in Short North with just a day?
        Traveling thru Columbus Ohio on I -71 need a motel near by.

Cincinnati  (35 answers)
    Washington Park  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Cincinnati:
        Rhinegeist Brewery
        Skyline Chili
        Nada
        The Eagle
        Senate
    questions about Cincinnati:
        Best free things to do in Cincinnati?
        The best of Cincinnati?
        Top dining spots in Cincinnati!?
        Where is the best place to grab an early dinner in Cincinnati
        Running near Eden Park?


Where's the best place to stay in Louisville?

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 Louisville.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out 21C Museum Hotel, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Brown Hotel  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Louisville?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Seviche, A Latin Restaurant, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Basa Restaurant  (3 mentions)
Milkwood Restaurant  (2 mentions)
Jeff Ruby's Louisville  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Louisville?

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:

Churchill Downs  (2 mentions)
Muhammad Ali Center  (2 mentions)
Fourth Street Live!  (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 Louisville. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?  (9 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Louisville for a first time visitor?  (8 answers)

profile  Nicole from asked:
Any cool things to do/places to eat in Louisville?  (6 answers)

profile  Sasha from Houston asked:
Hotels to stay at during the Kentucky Derby?  (2 answers)

profile  Angi from Logansport, Indiana asked:
Has anyone been to Butchertown Market?  (1 answer)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 773 miles
driving time of 12 hours, 27 minutes
42 Charlotte travel answers
2 Beckley travel answers
15 Charleston (West Virginia) travel answers
3 Wheeling (West Virginia) travel answers
39 Columbus travel answers
35 Cincinnati travel answers
47 Louisville travel answers





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