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Indianapolis to Charlotte drive

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Indianapolis to Charlotte road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Indianapolis to Charlotte. If you're planning a road trip to Charlotte, 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 Indianapolis
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:15 am  Richmond (Indiana)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:15 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:26 pm  Yellow Springs
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:26 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:44 pm  Chillicothe (Ohio)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:44 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:15 pm  Ashland (Kentucky)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Ashland (Kentucky)
drive for about 1 hour

10:08 am  Charleston (West Virginia)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:08 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:10 pm  Tamarack
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:10 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:10 pm  Mount Airy
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:10 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

5:08 pm  Mocksville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:08 pm
drive for about 1 hour

7:14 pm  arrive in Charlotte
eat at Amelie's French Bakery

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Indianapolis to Charlotte.

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Indianapolis, Indiana.

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?

Richmond (Indiana)
    questions about Richmond (Indiana):
        What's the best neighborhood in Richmond (Indiana) for a first time visitor?
Yellow Springs
Chillicothe (Ohio)
Ashland (Kentucky)
Charleston (West Virginia)  (11 answers)
    questions about Charleston (West Virginia):
        Historic sites
Mount Airy

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Charlotte, North Carolina.

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

Where's the best place to eat in Charlotte?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Amelie's French Bakery, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Birdsong Brewing Co.  (2 mentions)
Rooster's Southpark  (2 mentions)
Cabo Fish Taco  (2 mentions)
Georges Brasserie  (2 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in Charlotte?

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:

EpiCentre  (2 mentions)
Mint Museum UPTOWN  (2 mentions)
Discovery Place  (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 Charlotte. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Valerie Sacksworth from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?  (7 answers)

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Charlotte for a first time visitor?  (4 answers)

 Liz Sessler from Washington asked:
What to do in Charlotte while celebrating a 60th Birthday?  (2 answers)

 Julie Nordendale from Saint Paul (Minnesota) asked:
Farm to Table Dining in Charlotte  (2 answers)

 Liv Strauss from Cape Cod asked:
Family fun in Charlotte, NC?  (1 answer)

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

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 589 miles
driving time of 9 hours, 41 minutes
Charlotte is the same time as Indianapolis
26 Indianapolis travel answers
1 Richmond (Indiana) travel answer
1 Yellow Springs travel answer
1 Ashland (Kentucky) travel answer
11 Charleston (West Virginia) travel answers
24 Charlotte travel answers

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