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New York City to Charleston drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

New York City to Charleston road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New York City to Charleston. If you're planning a road trip to Charleston, 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 1.5 hours

4:25 pm  Baltimore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:25 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:54 pm  Richmond
stay overnight at The Jefferson Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from The Jefferson Hotel
drive for about 2 hours

10:56 am  Rocky Mount (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:56 am
drive for about 60 minutes

12:56 pm  Raleigh
eat at The Pit
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:56 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:21 pm  Lumberton (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:21 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:36 pm  Congaree National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:36 pm
drive for about 2 hours

9:31 pm  arrive in Charleston
stay at Vendue Inn

day 2 driving ≈ 8.5 hours
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New York City to Charleston questions

profile  Lisa from Brookhaven (New York) asked:
Where would you make a pit stop? NYC to Charleston, SC  (1 answer)

profile  lena asked:
road trip with pit stop suggestions  (1 answer)


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.

Baltimore  (54 answers)
    Fells Point  (11 mentions)
    Inner Harbor  (7 mentions)
    Lexington Market  (4 mentions)
    Canton  (4 mentions)
    The Helmand  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Baltimore:
        G&M Restaurant and Lounge
        Faidley's Seafood & Fresh Fish Market
        Phillips Seafood
        The Abbey Burger Bistro
        Max's Taphouse
    questions about Baltimore:
        Best place to get seafood and crab cakes in Baltimore?
        Best free things to do in Baltimore?
        Authentic, non-chain restaurant for dinner with a child (with a well-refined palate) near the Inner Harbor?
        Family-friendly seafood restaurant
        What is your favorite restaurant in Baltimore?

Richmond  (14 answers)
    Carytown  (4 mentions)
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Richmond:
        Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
    hotels around Richmond:
        The Jefferson Hotel
    questions about Richmond:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Richmond?
        What is there to do in Richmond?
        Nightlife in Richmond & hotels?

Rocky Mount (North Carolina)  (4 answers)

Raleigh  (19 answers)
    North Carolina Museum of Art  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Raleigh:
        The Pit
        Poole's
        Bida Manda
    questions about Raleigh:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Raleigh?
        What's the best neighborhood in Raleigh for a first time visitor?
        Best Non-Chain Restaurants for Families

Lumberton (North Carolina)  (4 answers)

Congaree National Park  (3 mentions)
    questions about Congaree National Park:
        Where to stay in congaree national park


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 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 Charleston. Or get a full New York City 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 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 758 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 24 minutes
Charleston is the same time as New York City
622 New York City travel answers
122 Philadelphia travel answers
54 Baltimore travel answers
14 Richmond travel answers
4 Rocky Mount (North Carolina) travel answers
19 Raleigh travel answers
4 Lumberton (North Carolina) travel answers
138 Charleston travel answers





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