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Columbus to Memphis drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Columbus to Memphis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Columbus to Memphis. If you're planning a road trip to Memphis, 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 Columbus
drive for about 1 hour

11:08 am  Dayton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:08 pm
drive for about 49 minutes

12:56 pm  Cincinnati
eat at Rhinegeist Brewery
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:56 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:42 pm  Louisville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:42 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:20 pm  Mammoth Cave National Park
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 Mammoth Cave National Park
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:32 am  Nashville
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 2:32 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:53 pm  Hurricane Mills
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:53 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:08 pm  Jackson (Tennessee)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:08 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

8:35 pm  arrive in Memphis
stay at Peabody Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Dayton  (5 answers)

Cincinnati  (35 answers)
    Washington Park  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Cincinnati:
        Rhinegeist Brewery
        Skyline Chili
        Nada
        The Eagle
        Senate
    questions about Cincinnati:
        Best free things to do in Cincinnati?
        The best of Cincinnati?
        Top dining spots in Cincinnati!?
        Where is the best place to grab an early dinner in Cincinnati
        Running near Eden Park?

Louisville  (47 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?
        What's the best neighborhood in Louisville for a first time visitor?
        Any cool things to do/places to eat in Louisville?
        Hotels to stay at during the Kentucky Derby?
        Has anyone been to Butchertown Market?

Mammoth Cave National Park  (13 mentions)

Nashville  (190 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:
        What's the best neighborhood in Nashville for a first time visitor?
        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

Hurricane Mills  (3 answers)

Jackson (Tennessee)  (5 answers)
    questions about Jackson (Tennessee):
        rv camp grounds
        Closest beach


Where's the best place to stay in Memphis?

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 Memphis.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Peabody Hotel, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Memphis?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Central BBQ, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Payne's Bar-B-Q  (3 mentions)
Cozy Corner Restaurant  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Memphis?

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:

Beale Street  (9 mentions)
Graceland  (9 mentions)
Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
Mud Island  (6 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 Memphis. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?  (9 answers)

profile  Regan from Brooklyn asked:
What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?  (5 answers)

profile  stephanie from Nixa asked:
Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??  (5 answers)

profile  Andreas from Manhattan asked:
Best blues clubs in Memphis?  (5 answers)

profile  Larry from Southern California asked:
Good Food and Fun With Kids  (4 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 Memphis to Columbus 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 Columbus to Memphis. Or get a full Columbus to Memphis 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 Columbus well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Columbus!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 589 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 39 minutes
Memphis is 1 hour behind Columbus
39 Columbus travel answers
5 Dayton travel answers
35 Cincinnati travel answers
47 Louisville travel answers
190 Nashville travel answers
3 Hurricane Mills travel answers
5 Jackson (Tennessee) travel answers
114 Memphis travel answers





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