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Nashville to Raleigh drive

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  Nashville
 Gordonsville
 Crossville
 Gatlinburg
 Waynesville (North Carolina)
 Blue Ridge Mountains
 Winston Salem
 Chapel Hill
   Raleigh 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Nashville to Raleigh road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Nashville to Raleigh. If you're planning a road trip to Raleigh, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Nashville and Raleigh. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Nashville and Raleigh. 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 Nashville
drive for about 54 minutes

10:54 am  Gordonsville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:54 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:59 pm  Crossville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:59 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:05 pm  Gatlinburg
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:05 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:30 pm  Waynesville (North Carolina)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Waynesville (North Carolina)
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:29 am  Blue Ridge Mountains
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:29 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:27 pm  Winston Salem
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:27 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:42 pm  Chapel Hill
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:42 pm
drive for about 40 minutes

6:22 pm  arrive in Raleigh
eat at The Pit
stay at The Umstead Hotel & Spa

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Gordonsville

Crossville  (2 answers)
    questions about Crossville:
        Lodging

Gatlinburg  (32 answers)
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (8 mentions)
    Great Smoky Mountains  (2 mentions)

Waynesville (North Carolina)  (2 answers)

Blue Ridge Mountains  (3 mentions)

Winston Salem  (5 answers)

Chapel Hill  (8 answers)
    Top of the Hill  (2 mentions)
    questions about Chapel Hill:
        Wedding Afterparty
        What's the best neighborhood in Chapel Hill for a first time visitor?
        What is 7 hours north of Chapel Hill


Where's the best place to stay in Raleigh?

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 Raleigh.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Umstead Hotel & Spa, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Raleigh? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Raleigh?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Pit, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Poole's  (2 mentions)
Bida Manda  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Raleigh?

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:

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

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Raleigh?  (4 answers)

profile  steve from Clayton asked:
Best Non-Chain Restaurants for Families  (2 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Raleigh for a first time visitor?  (1 answer)

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




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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh. Or get a full Nashville to Raleigh 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 544 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 13 minutes
Raleigh is 1 hour ahead of Nashville
190 Nashville travel answers
2 Crossville travel answers
32 Gatlinburg travel answers
2 Waynesville (North Carolina) travel answers
5 Winston Salem travel answers
8 Chapel Hill travel answers
19 Raleigh travel answers





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