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New York City to Washington drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   6 days



New York City to Washington road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New York City to Washington. If you're planning a road trip to Washington, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in New York City
drive for about 8 hours

5:49 pm  Cleveland
eat at Lola
stay overnight at The Cleveland Hostel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from The Cleveland Hostel
drive for about 5 hours

4:08 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:37 pm  Minneapolis
stay overnight at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:37 pm  West Fargo
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:37 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

7:06 pm  Medora
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Medora
drive for about 4.5 hours

1:26 pm  Billings
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:26 pm
drive for about 5 hours

7:17 pm  Missoula
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 9.5 hours

 Day 6

10:00 am  leave from Missoula
drive for about 6 hours

4:13 pm  arrive at Washington

day 6 driving ≈ 6 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is New York, New York.

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?

Cleveland  (43 answers)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (13 mentions)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (6 mentions)
    West Side Market  (6 mentions)
    Great Lakes Brewing Company  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Cleveland:
        Lola
        Lolita
        The Greenhouse Tavern
        Melt Bar & Grilled
        L'Albatros
    hotels around Cleveland:
        The Cleveland Hostel
    questions about Cleveland:
        Good restaurants for business dinner?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?
        New to the city, friend coming to visit: What should we do?
        Vegetarian near Playhouse Square
        Best breweries in Cleveland?
Chicago  (267 answers)
    Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
    The Art Institute of Chicago  (48 mentions)
    Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
    Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
    Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 mentions)
    restaurants around Chicago:
        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        Pequod's Pizza
        Girl & the Goat
        Big Star
        Au Cheval
    hotels around Chicago:
        The James Chicago Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Chicago
        Acme Hotel Company Chicago
        Virgin Hotels Chicago
        Thompson Chicago
    questions about Chicago:
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?
Minneapolis  (44 answers)
    Lake Calhoun  (23 mentions)
    Lake Harriet  (21 mentions)
    Lake Of The Isles  (17 mentions)
    Minnehaha Falls  (10 mentions)
    Minnehaha Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Minneapolis:
        The Bachelor Farmer
        112 Eatery
        Sea Salt Eatery
        Midtown Global Market
        Psycho Suzi's
    hotels around Minneapolis:
        Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America
    questions about Minneapolis:
        Is the Mall of America worth visiting?
        Fine dining in Minneapolis?
        What are the best lakes in and/or around Minneapolis?
        What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis?
        Best areas to stay in Minneapolis?
West Fargo  (5 answers)
    questions about West Fargo:
        What is your favorite restaurant in West Fargo?
        rv campgrounds
Medora  (2 answers)
Billings  (6 answers)
Missoula  (9 answers)
    restaurants around Missoula:
        Five on Black
    questions about Missoula:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Missoula?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Washington (WA).

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




What are some things to do in Washington?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

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

 Craig Elliott from Lapeer asked:
Which cities are most affordable to live in Washington state?  (1 answer)

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






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 Washington 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 Washington. Or get a full New York City to Washington 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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,806 miles
driving time of 43 hours, 25 minutes
Washington is 3 hours behind New York City
589 New York City travel answers
43 Cleveland travel answers
267 Chicago travel answers
44 Minneapolis travel answers
5 West Fargo travel answers
2 Medora travel answers
6 Billings travel answers
9 Missoula travel answers
27 Washington travel answers





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