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Cleveland to Houston drive

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  Cleveland
 Columbus
 Louisville
 Mammoth Cave National Park
 Nashville
 Memphis
 Little Rock
 Shreveport
 Nacogdoches
   Houston 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Cleveland to Houston road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Cleveland to Houston. If you're planning a road trip to Houston, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Cleveland and Houston. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Cleveland and Houston. 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 Cleveland
drive for about 2 hours

12:11 pm  Columbus
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:11 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

4:36 pm  Louisville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:36 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:14 pm  Mammoth Cave National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Mammoth Cave National Park
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:32 am  Nashville
stay for about 3.5 hours
and leave at 3:02 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:20 pm  Memphis
eat at Central BBQ
stay overnight at Peabody Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Peabody Hotel
drive for about 2 hours

11:08 am  Little Rock
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:08 pm
drive for about 3 hours

3:19 pm  Shreveport
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:19 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:00 pm  Nacogdoches
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:00 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

9:15 pm  arrive in Houston
stay at Hotel ZaZa

day 3 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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Cleveland to Houston questions

profile  Heidi asked:
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Cleveland, Ohio.

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?

Columbus  (27 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 CafĂ©
        Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
        The Thurman Cafe
        Lavash Cafe
    questions about Columbus:
        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?
        What's the best neighborhood in Columbus for a first time visitor?
        Traveling thru Columbus Ohio on I -71 need a motel near by.

Louisville  (37 answers)
    Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory  (3 mentions)
    Churchill Downs  (2 mentions)
    Muhammad Ali Center  (2 mentions)
    Fourth Street Live!  (2 mentions)
    Louisville Slugger Field  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Louisville:
        Seviche, A Latin Restaurant
        Basa Restaurant
        Milkwood Restaurant
        Jeff Ruby's Louisville
        Hyatt Regency Louisville
    questions about Louisville:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?
        Any cool things to do/places to eat in Louisville?
        Want to spend our money on Bourbon, not hotels
        What's the best neighborhood in Louisville for a first time visitor?
        Hotels to stay at during the Kentucky Derby?

Mammoth Cave National Park  (12 mentions)

Nashville  (149 answers)
    Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
    Country Music Hall of Fame  (6 mentions)
    Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
    Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
    The Parthenon  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Nashville:
        Bluebird Cafe
        Opryland Hotel
        Pancake Pantry
        Hattie B's Hot Chicken - 19th Ave
        Peg Leg Porker BBQ
    questions about Nashville:
        Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?
        Top of the line hotels in Nashville?
        What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend
        Best Location to Stay
        Hotel by Airport

Memphis  (96 answers)
    Beale Street  (9 mentions)
    Graceland  (9 mentions)
    National Civil Rights Museum  (8 mentions)
    Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
    Mud Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Memphis:
        Central BBQ
        Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
        Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
        Payne's Bar-B-Q
        Cozy Corner Restaurant
    hotels around Memphis:
        Peabody Hotel
    questions about Memphis:
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids

Little Rock  (34 answers)
    William J Clinton Library  (6 mentions)
    Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site  (3 mentions)
    Governors Mansion Historic District  (2 mentions)
    William J. Clinton Presidential Center  (2 mentions)
    Museum of Discovery  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Little Rock:
        Doe's Eat Place
        Loca Luna
    questions about Little Rock:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Little Rock?
        Best sights in Little Rock
        Good Eating Gems
        Can't miss restaurants in Little Rock?
        Best hotels in Little Rock?

Shreveport  (16 answers)
    R.W. Norton Art Gallery  (2 mentions)
    questions about Shreveport:
        Best free things to do in Shreveport?

Nacogdoches  (2 answers)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Houston, Texas.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Houston?

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 Houston.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel ZaZa, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Houston?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Uchi, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Gatlin's BBQ  (5 mentions)
Hugo's  (4 mentions)
Goode Company Barbeque  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Houston?

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:

Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
Miller Outdoor Theatre  (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 Houston. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Emily from Ann Arbor asked:
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Young Professional Neighborhood  (10 answers)

profile  Geraldine from asked:
Favorite places to eat in Houston?  (9 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?  (8 answers)

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MD Anderson patient  (8 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,299 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 30 minutes
Houston is 1 hour behind Cleveland
44 Cleveland travel answers
27 Columbus travel answers
37 Louisville travel answers
149 Nashville travel answers
96 Memphis travel answers
34 Little Rock travel answers
16 Shreveport travel answers
2 Nacogdoches travel answers
85 Houston travel answers





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