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Dallas to Philadelphia drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days



Dallas to Philadelphia road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Dallas to Philadelphia. If you're planning a road trip to Philadelphia, 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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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Dallas
drive for about 4 hours

12:56 pm  Crater of Diamonds State Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:56 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:54 pm  Little Rock
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:54 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:02 pm  Memphis
stay overnight at Peabody Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Peabody Hotel
drive for about 3 hours

2:06 pm  Nashville
stay overnight at Gaylord Opryland Resort
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Gaylord Opryland Resort
drive for about 3 hours

11:52 am  Knoxville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:52 pm
drive for about 3 hours

3:46 pm  Blowing Rock
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:46 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:44 pm  Blacksburg
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 8.5 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Blacksburg
drive for about 4 hours

2:02 pm  Washington, DC
stay for about 3.5 hours and leave at 5:32 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

8:00 pm  arrive in Philadelphia
eat at Reading Terminal Market
stay at Loews Hotel Philadelphia

day 4 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Dallas, Texas.

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?

Crater of Diamonds State Park  (3 mentions)
Little Rock  (33 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?
Memphis  (94 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?
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Good Food and Fun With Kids
Nashville  (134 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
    hotels around Nashville:
        Gaylord Opryland Resort
        The Hermitage Hotel
        Omni Nashville Hotel
    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
Knoxville  (11 answers)
    questions about Knoxville:
        New Years in Knoxville reccomendations
Blowing Rock  (2 answers)
Blacksburg  (8 answers)
    questions about Blacksburg:
        Eat/Hike/Anything else for 1-Day visit?
Washington, DC  (154 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)
    restaurants around Washington, DC:
        National Gallery of Art
        Mitsitam Cafe
        Founding Farmers
        Rose's Luxury
        Pavilion CafĂ©
    questions about Washington, DC:
        Best hotel near museums
        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
        Best of the Smithsonian?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Philadelphia?

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 Philadelphia.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Loews Hotel Philadelphia, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

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






Where's the best place to eat in Philadelphia?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Reading Terminal Market, which was mentioned 24 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Jim's Steaks  (20 mentions)
Pat's King of Steaks  (11 mentions)
Geno's Steaks  (8 mentions)
Zahav  (6 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Philadelphia?

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:

The Liberty Bell  (12 mentions)
Independence Mall  (7 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 Philadelphia. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Hannah Grant from Milwaukee asked:
What is there to do in Philly besides eat cheese steaks?  (14 answers)

 Scott Rogers from Chicago asked:
Pat's or Geno's: Which has the better cheesesteak?  (13 answers)

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?  (11 answers)

 Sharon Kweon from West Los Angeles asked:
Anybody know of great gems in the city I can dine at during my stay?  (9 answers)

 teri brown from Atlanta asked:
Eating out on a budget.  (9 answers)

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






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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,487 miles
driving time of 23 hours, 25 minutes
Philadelphia is 1 hour ahead of Dallas
98 Dallas travel answers
33 Little Rock travel answers
94 Memphis travel answers
134 Nashville travel answers
11 Knoxville travel answers
2 Blowing Rock travel answers
8 Blacksburg travel answers
154 Washington, DC travel answers
98 Philadelphia travel answers





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