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Memphis to Charleston drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets


Memphis to Charleston road trip planner

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

11:48 am  Pontotoc
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:48 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:06 pm  Birmingham (Alabama)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:06 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:17 pm  Atlanta
eat at The Varsity
stay overnight at W Atlanta - Midtown
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from W Atlanta - Midtown
drive for about 56 minutes

10:56 am  Madison (Georgia)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:56 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:27 pm  Augusta
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:27 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:24 pm  Santee (South Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:24 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:28 pm  arrive in Charleston
eat at Husk
stay at Vendue Inn

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Memphis, Tennessee.

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?

Pontotoc
Birmingham (Alabama)  (31 answers)
    questions about Birmingham (Alabama):
        Entertainment for a large group of customers in Birmingham?
        locate a good breakfast or coffee shop on the west side of Birmingham
Atlanta  (111 answers)
    Georgia Aquarium  (29 mentions)
    World of Coca-Cola  (20 mentions)
    Piedmont Park  (16 mentions)
    Midtown Atlanta  (14 mentions)
    High Museum of Art  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Atlanta:
        The Varsity
        Mary Mac's Tea Room
        Antico Pizza Napoletana
        Empire State South
        JCT Kitchen & Bar
    hotels around Atlanta:
        W Atlanta - Midtown
        The Westin Peachtree Plaza
        Artmore Hotel
        Glenn Hotel, Autograph Collection
        The Highland Inn
    questions about Atlanta:
        Good Restaurants Unique to Atlanta?
        Great, reasonable places to eat.
        Tourist spots worth seeing in Atlanta?
        Authentic Southern Food!
        Best family activities in Atlanta?
Madison (Georgia)
Augusta  (5 answers)
    questions about Augusta:
        Places to visit in Augusta for a nice day out?
Santee (South Carolina)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Charleston, South Carolina.

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



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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 681 miles
driving time of 10 hours, 7 minutes
Charleston is 1 hour ahead of Memphis
96 Memphis travel answers
1 Pontotoc travel answer
31 Birmingham (Alabama) travel answers
111 Atlanta travel answers
1 Madison (Georgia) travel answer
5 Augusta travel answers
1 Santee (South Carolina) travel answer
116 Charleston travel answers





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