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Houston to Cincinnati drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets


Houston to Cincinnati road trip planner

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

12:15 pm  Nacogdoches
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:15 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:01 pm  Texarkana (Texas)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:01 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:03 pm  Hot Springs
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 Hot Springs
drive for about 3 hours

1:00 pm  Memphis
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 3:00 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:27 pm  Jackson (Tennessee)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Jackson (Tennessee)
drive for about 2 hours

11:04 am  Nashville
eat at Bluebird Cafe
stay for about 3.5 hours and leave at 2:34 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:21 pm  Louisville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:21 pm
drive for about 2 hours

8:08 pm  arrive in Cincinnati

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Houston, 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?

Nacogdoches  (2 answers)
Texarkana (Texas)  (7 answers)
    questions about Texarkana (Texas):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Texarkana (Texas)?
Hot Springs  (17 answers)
    Hot Springs National Park  (4 mentions)
    questions about Hot Springs:
        Fun, family friendly, foodie things to do
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
    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
Jackson (Tennessee)  (4 answers)
    questions about Jackson (Tennessee):
        rv camp grounds
        Closest beach
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
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?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Cincinnati, Ohio.

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



Where's the best place to eat in Cincinnati?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Rhinegeist Brewery, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Skyline Chili  (4 mentions)
Nada  (3 mentions)
The Eagle  (2 mentions)
Senate  (2 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in Cincinnati?

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:

Washington Park  (2 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 Cincinnati. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Rosie from Houston asked:
The best of Cincinnati?  (4 answers)

profile  Jenna from Providence asked:
Top dining spots in Cincinnati!?  (4 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Cincinnati?  (2 answers)

profile  Liz from asked:
Where is the best place to grab an early dinner in Cincinnati  (1 answer)

profile  Jillian from asked:
Running near Eden Park?  (1 answer)

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,062 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 58 minutes
Cincinnati is 1 hour ahead of Houston
85 Houston travel answers
2 Nacogdoches travel answers
7 Texarkana (Texas) travel answers
17 Hot Springs travel answers
96 Memphis travel answers
4 Jackson (Tennessee) travel answers
149 Nashville travel answers
37 Louisville travel answers
28 Cincinnati travel answers





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