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New York City to Asheville via Washington, DC

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

New York City to Asheville road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New York City to Asheville. If you're planning a road trip to Asheville, 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

10:00 am  start in New York City
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:43 am  Philadelphia
eat at Reading Terminal Market
stay for about 3 hours
and leave at 2:43 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:08 pm  Washington, DC
eat at Mitsitam Cafe
stay overnight at JW Marriott Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from JW Marriott Hotel
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:28 am  eat at King's Barbecue
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:28 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:55 pm  Durham (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:55 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:16 pm  Blue Ridge Mountains
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:16 pm
drive for about 59 minutes

9:15 pm  arrive in Asheville
stay at The Omni Grove Park Inn

day 2 driving ≈ 9.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Philadelphia  (122 answers)
    Philadelphia Museum of Art  (16 mentions)
    The Liberty Bell  (12 mentions)
    Eastern State Penitentiary  (8 mentions)
    Spruce Street Harbor Park  (8 mentions)
    Independence Mall  (7 mentions)
    restaurants around Philadelphia:
        Reading Terminal Market
        Jim's Steaks
        Pat's King of Steaks
        Geno's Steaks
        Zahav
    questions about Philadelphia:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?
        What is there to do in Philly besides eat cheese steaks?
        Pat's or Geno's: Which has the better cheesesteak?
        Anybody know of great gems in the city I can dine at during my stay?
        Eating out on a budget.

Washington, DC  (179 answers)
    National Mall  (30 mentions)
    National Air and Space Museum  (29 mentions)
    Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
    Museum of Natural History  (23 mentions)
    Lincoln Memorial  (22 mentions)
    National Gallery of Art  (19 mentions)
    restaurants around Washington, DC:
        Mitsitam Cafe
        Founding Farmers
        Rose's Luxury
        Pavilion Café
    hotels around Washington, DC:
        JW Marriott Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Washington DC
        The Willard
        Hotel Monaco Alexandria
        W Washington DC
    questions about Washington, DC:
        Best hotel near museums
        Best free things to do in Washington, DC?
        Fun free things to do in D.C.?
        Getting from Union Station to National Mall?
        How to make the most of three days in DC

King's Barbecue

Durham (North Carolina)  (13 answers)
    Sarah P. Duke Gardens  (3 mentions)
    Durham Performing Arts Center  (2 mentions)
    Duke University  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Durham (North Carolina):
        Mateo Bar de Tapas
    questions about Durham (North Carolina):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Durham (North Carolina)?
        Looking for a restaurant that will accomodate a group

Blue Ridge Mountains  (3 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Asheville?

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 Asheville.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Omni Grove Park Inn, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

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Where's the best place to eat in Asheville?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Tupelo Honey Cafe, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Wedge Brewing Co  (3 mentions)
Cúrate  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Asheville?

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:

Biltmore Estate  (13 mentions)
Wicked Weed Brewing  (6 mentions)
Wedge Brewing Company  (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 Asheville. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Liz from Washington asked:
Short weekend in Asheville  (5 answers)

profile  teri from Atlanta asked:
Dining and lodging on a budget?  (3 answers)

profile  Ashley from Durham (North Carolina) asked:
Bachelorette Party  (3 answers)

profile  Peter from Sheffield asked:
Where to stay and what to do in Asheville N. Carolina?  (3 answers)

profile  Karisa from Atlanta asked:
Things to do and places to eat/drink during girls weekend?  (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 Asheville to New York City 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 New York City to Asheville. Or get a full New York City to Asheville 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 New York City well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about New York City!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 698 miles
driving time of 10 hours, 58 minutes
622 New York City travel answers
122 Philadelphia travel answers
179 Washington, DC travel answers
13 Durham (North Carolina) travel answers
83 Asheville travel answers





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