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Charlotte to Niagara Falls via Washington, DC

driving   /   2 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

10:00 am  start in Charlotte
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:15 am  Winston Salem
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:15 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:31 pm  Durham (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:31 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:47 pm  Richmond
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:47 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:42 pm  Washington, DC
stay overnight at JW Marriott Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from JW Marriott Hotel
drive for about 3 hours

1:02 pm  Black Moshannon State Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:02 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:07 pm  Sugartown Alpaca Farm
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:07 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:28 pm  arrive in Niagara Falls

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Winston Salem  (5 answers)
    questions about Winston Salem:
        What to do/where to eat Winston Salem

Durham (North Carolina)  (13 answers)
    Sarah P. Duke Gardens  (3 mentions)
    Durham Performing Arts Center  (2 mentions)
    Duke University  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Durham (North Carolina):
        Mateo Bar de Tapas
    questions about Durham (North Carolina):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Durham (North Carolina)?
        Looking for a restaurant that will accomodate a group

Richmond  (14 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 your favorite restaurant in Richmond?
        What is there to do in Richmond?
        Nightlife in Richmond & hotels?

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 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
        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

Black Moshannon State Park

Sugartown Alpaca Farm


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 810 miles
driving time of 13 hours, 26 minutes
42 Charlotte travel answers
5 Winston Salem travel answers
13 Durham (North Carolina) travel answers
14 Richmond travel answers
179 Washington, DC travel answers
65 Niagara Falls travel answers





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