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Charlotte to Niagara Falls via New York City

driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Charlotte to Niagara Falls road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Charlotte to Niagara Falls. If you're planning a road trip to Niagara Falls, 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

11:00 am  start in Charlotte
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:34 pm  Raleigh
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:34 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:43 pm  Petersburg (Virginia)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Petersburg (Virginia)
drive for about 2 hours

12:05 pm  Washington, DC
eat at Mitsitam Cafe
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:05 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:52 pm  New York City
stay overnight at The Standard New York
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from The Standard New York
drive for about 4 hours

2:09 pm  Cazenovia
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:09 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:37 pm  arrive in Niagara Falls

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Raleigh  (19 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?

Petersburg (Virginia)

Washington, DC  (179 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)
    National Gallery of Art  (19 mentions)
    restaurants around Washington, DC:
        Mitsitam Cafe
        Founding Farmers
        Rose's Luxury
        Pavilion CafĂ©
    questions about Washington, DC:
        Best hotel near museums
        Best free things to do in Washington, DC?
        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

New York City  (622 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
    hotels around New York City:
        The Standard New York
        Ace Hotel New York
        The Plaza
        Hotel Gansevoort
        Crosby Street Hotel
    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?
        48 Hours in NYC - I NEED to know the best Pizza spots!
        free or cheap things to do in NYC
        What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?

Cazenovia


What are some things to do in Niagara Falls?

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:

Niagara Falls  (18 mentions)
Maid of the Mist  (5 mentions)
Skylon Tower  (4 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 Niagara Falls. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Julie from asked:
best place  (3 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Niagara Falls?  (2 answers)

profile  Angie from Champaign asked:
Can we take food across the US/Canada border on our road trip to Niagara Falls?  (2 answers)

profile  Jessie from asked:
where to stay one night  (1 answer)

profile  Emily from Pennsylvania asked:
Best and most affordable hotel with bar and hot tub?  (1 answer)

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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 Niagara Falls 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 Niagara Falls. Or get a full Charlotte to Niagara Falls 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.

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 1,042 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 13 minutes
42 Charlotte travel answers
19 Raleigh travel answers
1 Petersburg (Virginia) travel answer
179 Washington, DC travel answers
622 New York City travel answers
1 Cazenovia travel answer
65 Niagara Falls travel answers





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