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Charlottesville to Washington, DC drive

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Charlottesville to Washington, DC road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Charlottesville to Washington, DC. If you're planning a road trip to Washington, DC, 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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10:00 am:  start in Charlottesville
drive for about 48 minutes

10:48 am:  Shenandoah National Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:48 am
drive for about 53 minutes

12:41 pm:  Luray
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:41 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

2:39 pm:  Warrenton (Virginia)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:39 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

4:29 pm:  Great Falls National Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:29 pm
drive for about 23 minutes

5:52 pm:  arrive in Washington, DC
eat at National Gallery of Art
stay at JW Marriott Hotel


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Charlottesville, Virginia.

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?

Shenandoah National Park  (6 mentions)
Luray  (2 answers)
    questions about Luray:
        Luray Caverns
Warrenton (Virginia)  (3 answers)
    questions about Warrenton (Virginia):
        Best free things to do in Warrenton (Virginia)?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Warrenton (Virginia)?
Great Falls National Park  (11 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Washington, District of Columbia.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Washington, DC?

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 Washington, DC.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out JW Marriott Hotel, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Willard  (3 mentions)
W Washington DC  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in Washington, DC?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest National Gallery of Art, which was mentioned 19 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Mitsitam Cafe  (10 mentions)
Founding Farmers  (9 mentions)
Rose's Luxury  (9 mentions)
Pavilion CafĂ©  (8 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Washington, DC?

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:

National Mall  (30 mentions)
Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
Lincoln Memorial  (22 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 Washington, DC. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Jessica Franco from asked:
Best hotel near museums  (20 answers)

 Hannah Grant from Milwaukee asked:
Fun free things to do in D.C.?  (11 answers)

 Annemarie Dooling from New York City asked:
Getting from Union Station to National Mall?  (10 answers)

 Julian Sabos from Tampa asked:
How to make the most of three days in DC  (10 answers)

 Bianca Sousa from Miami asked:
Best of the Smithsonian?  (10 answers)

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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 Washington, DC to Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville to Washington, DC. Or get a full Charlottesville to Washington, DC 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 Charlottesville well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Charlottesville!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 116 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 18 minutes
13 Charlottesville travel answers
2 Luray travel answers
3 Warrenton (Virginia) travel answers
144 Washington, DC travel answers





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