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Illinois to North Carolina drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets

Illinois to North Carolina road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Illinois to North Carolina. If you're planning a road trip to North Carolina, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Illinois and North Carolina. 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 at Illinois
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:35 am  Urbana (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:35 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:37 pm  Indianapolis
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:37 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:32 pm  Dayton
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours

 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Dayton
drive for about 3 hours

11:55 am  Ashland (Kentucky)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:55 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:03 pm  Charleston (West Virginia)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:03 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:44 pm  Blue Ridge Parkway
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:44 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

9:11 pm  arrive at North Carolina

day 2 driving ≈ 9 hours

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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Illinois to North Carolina.

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Illinois (IL).

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?

Urbana (Illinois)
    questions about Urbana (Illinois):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Urbana (Illinois)?
Indianapolis  (28 answers)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art  (4 mentions)
    Indianapolis Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Indianapolis:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?
        Awesome food trucks?
        Best free things to do in Indianapolis?
        Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis
Dayton  (2 answers)
Ashland (Kentucky)
Charleston (West Virginia)  (12 answers)
    questions about Charleston (West Virginia):
        Historic sites
Blue Ridge Parkway  (6 mentions)
    questions about Blue Ridge Parkway:
        Where do we stay overnight

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is North Carolina (NC).

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

What are some things to do in North Carolina?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

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 North Carolina. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Leslie from Nashville asked:
Best Beaches in North Carolina?  (4 answers)

profile  Ken from Wichita, Kansas asked:
Has anyone stayed at the Bell Port Inn and would recommend it?  (1 answer)

profile  Joshua from Charlotte asked:
Best places to visit and see for a getaway in NC mountains  (1 answer)

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

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 North Carolina to Illinois 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 Illinois to North Carolina. Or get a full Illinois to North Carolina 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 Illinois well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Illinois!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 740 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 18 minutes
North Carolina is 1 hour ahead of Illinois
10 Illinois travel answers
1 Urbana (Illinois) travel answer
28 Indianapolis travel answers
2 Dayton travel answers
1 Ashland (Kentucky) travel answer
12 Charleston (West Virginia) travel answers
41 North Carolina travel answers

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