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Dallas to Washington, DC drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



Dallas to Washington, DC road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Dallas 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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Day 1, 10:00 am:  start in Dallas
drive for about 3 hours

Day 1, 12:50 pm:  Texarkana (Texas)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:50 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 1, 4:07 pm:  Little Rock
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:07 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 1, 7:15 pm:  Memphis
stay overnight at Peabody Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Day 2, 10:00 am:  leave from Peabody Hotel
drive for about 3 hours

Day 2, 1:06 pm:  Nashville
stay for about 3 hours and leave at 4:06 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 2, 7:42 pm:  Gatlinburg
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Day 3, 9:00 am:  leave from Gatlinburg
drive for about 4 hours

Day 3, 12:59 pm:  Blacksburg
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:59 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 3, 4:26 pm:  Charlottesville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:26 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 3, 7:45 pm:  arrive in Washington, DC
eat at National Gallery of Art
stay at JW Marriott Hotel

day 3 driving ≈ 8.5 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?

Texarkana (Texas)  (7 answers)
    questions about Texarkana (Texas):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Texarkana (Texas)?
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  (92 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  (129 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
Gatlinburg  (26 answers)
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (8 mentions)
    Great Smoky Mountains  (2 mentions)
Blacksburg  (8 answers)
    questions about Blacksburg:
        Eat/Hike/Anything else for 1-Day visit?
Charlottesville  (14 answers)
    Monticello  (2 mentions)
    questions about Charlottesville:
        Any recommendations for hikes, good food and wine for a long-weekend trip?
        Trip with husband




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)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Washington, DC.






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 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 Washington, DC. Or get a full Dallas 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 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 1,329 miles
driving time of 20 hours, 51 minutes
Washington, DC is 1 hour ahead of Dallas
96 Dallas travel answers
7 Texarkana (Texas) travel answers
33 Little Rock travel answers
92 Memphis travel answers
129 Nashville travel answers
26 Gatlinburg travel answers
8 Blacksburg travel answers
14 Charlottesville travel answers
149 Washington, DC travel answers





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