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Nashville to Columbus via Indianapolis

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Nashville to Columbus road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Nashville to Columbus. If you're planning a road trip to Columbus, 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 Nashville
drive for about 1 hour

12:09 pm  Bowling Green (Kentucky)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:09 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:00 pm  Louisville
stay overnight at 21C Museum Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from 21C Museum Hotel
drive for about 2 hours

11:46 am  Indianapolis
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:46 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:41 pm  Dayton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:48 pm  arrive in Columbus

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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Nashville to Columbus questions


Where should I stop along the way?

Bowling Green (Kentucky)  (4 answers)

Louisville  (47 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
    hotels around Louisville:
        21C Museum Hotel
        The Galt House Hotel And Suites
        The Brown Hotel
    questions about Louisville:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?
        What's the best neighborhood in Louisville for a first time visitor?
        Any cool things to do/places to eat in Louisville?
        Hotels to stay at during the Kentucky Derby?
        Has anyone been to Butchertown Market?

Indianapolis  (41 answers)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art  (4 mentions)
    Indianapolis Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Indianapolis:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?
        Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis
        Awesome food trucks?
        Best free things to do in Indianapolis?
        Safe area?

Dayton  (5 answers)


Where's the best place to eat in Columbus?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Late Night Slice, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Northstar CafĂ©  (5 mentions)
The Thurman Cafe  (3 mentions)
Lavash Cafe  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Columbus?

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:

The Short North  (3 mentions)
Wolf's Ridge Brewing  (2 mentions)
North Market  (2 mentions)
Columbus Museum of Art  (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 Columbus. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Columbus for a first time visitor?  (15 answers)

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

profile  Hannah from Milwaukee asked:
Where should we eat in Columbus?  (6 answers)

profile  Daphne from Chicago asked:
What to see and eat in Short North with just a day?  (6 answers)

profile  Bob from asked:
Traveling thru Columbus Ohio on I -71 need a motel near by.  (3 answers)

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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 464 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 3 minutes
190 Nashville travel answers
4 Bowling Green (Kentucky) travel answers
47 Louisville travel answers
41 Indianapolis travel answers
5 Dayton travel answers
39 Columbus travel answers





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