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Gatlinburg to Charleston via Charlotte

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Gatlinburg to Charleston road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Gatlinburg 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

11:00 am  start in Gatlinburg
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:25 pm  Waynesville (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:25 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:57 pm  Charlotte
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Charlotte
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:35 pm  Columbia
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:35 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:09 pm  Summerville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:09 pm
drive for about 35 minutes

4:44 pm  arrive in Charleston
stay at Vendue Inn

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Waynesville (North Carolina)  (2 answers)

Charlotte  (42 answers)
    Halcyon Flavors From the Earth  (4 mentions)
    EpiCentre  (2 mentions)
    7th Street Public Market  (2 mentions)
    Mint Museum UPTOWN  (2 mentions)
    Discovery Place  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Charlotte:
        Amelie's French Bakery
        Birdsong Brewing Co.
        Rooster's Southpark
        Cabo Fish Taco
        Georges Brasserie
    questions about Charlotte:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?
        What's the best neighborhood in Charlotte for a first time visitor?
        Nice suburbs to stay just outside Charlotte
        Farm to Table Dining in Charlotte
        What to do in Charlotte while celebrating a 60th Birthday?

Columbia  (18 answers)
    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden  (2 mentions)

Summerville  (4 answers)


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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 405 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 50 minutes
32 Gatlinburg travel answers
2 Waynesville (North Carolina) travel answers
42 Charlotte travel answers
18 Columbia travel answers
4 Summerville travel answers
138 Charleston travel answers





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