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Cincinnati to Charleston drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Cincinnati to Charleston road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Cincinnati to Charleston. If you're planning a road trip to Charleston, 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 Cincinnati
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:35 am  Lexington
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:35 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:03 pm  London
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:03 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:21 pm  Caryville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:21 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:31 pm  Pigeon Forge
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Pigeon Forge
drive for about 2 hours

10:45 am  Asheville
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 12:45 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:54 pm  Greenville (South Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:54 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:26 pm  Columbia
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:26 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:14 pm  arrive in Charleston
eat at Husk
stay at Vendue Inn

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Lexington  (28 answers)
    questions about Lexington:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Lexington?
        Best place to stay in Lexington while attending the Rolex 3 day event?
        stays overnight, Lexington, Ky. near highway

London

Caryville

Pigeon Forge  (21 answers)
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (8 mentions)
    questions about Pigeon Forge:
        what is here to do there besides Dollywood
        Good ma and pop places to eat or visit?

Asheville  (83 answers)
    Biltmore Estate  (13 mentions)
    Wicked Weed Brewing  (6 mentions)
    Highland Brewing Company  (4 mentions)
    Wedge Brewing Company  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Asheville:
        Tupelo Honey Cafe
        Wedge Brewing Co
        French Broad Chocolate Lounge
        C├║rate
        Asheville Brewing Company
    questions about Asheville:
        Short weekend in Asheville
        Dining and lodging on a budget?
        Bachelorette Party
        Where to stay and what to do in Asheville N. Carolina?
        Things to do and places to eat/drink during girls weekend?

Greenville (South Carolina)  (17 answers)
    Falls Park on the Reedy  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Greenville (South Carolina):
        Coffee Underground
    questions about Greenville (South Carolina):
        Any good studying coffeeshops around Greenville?
        Best free things to do in Greenville?

Columbia  (15 answers)
    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden  (2 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Charleston?

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 Charleston.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Vendue Inn, which was mentioned 8 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Charleston Place Hotel  (7 mentions)
The Mills House Hotel  (4 mentions)
Francis Marion Hotel  (4 mentions)
Market Pavilion Hotel  (4 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Charleston?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Husk, which was mentioned 17 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hominy Grill  (11 mentions)
FIG  (7 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Charleston?

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:

King Street  (8 mentions)
Boone Hall Plantation  (6 mentions)
The Battery  (6 mentions)
Folly Beach  (5 mentions)
Waterfront Park  (5 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 Charleston. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Christa from Chicago asked:
Two day trip - what are the must sees, eats, and drinks?  (12 answers)

profile  Cindy from asked:
Best oceanfront place to stay closest to Charleston SC  (7 answers)

profile  Rod from Sebastopol asked:
Dinner with family in Charleston tonight...  (6 answers)

profile  Liz from Denver asked:
Afternoon in Charleston  (5 answers)

profile  Brett from Long Beach asked:
Newbie in Charleston, How to Spend an Afternoon  (5 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 628 miles
driving time of 9 hours, 27 minutes
Charleston is the same time as Cincinnati
35 Cincinnati travel answers
28 Lexington travel answers
1 London travel answer
21 Pigeon Forge travel answers
83 Asheville travel answers
17 Greenville (South Carolina) travel answers
15 Columbia travel answers
138 Charleston travel answers





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