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New York City to Washington, DC drive

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  New York City
 New Brunswick
 Old City
 Wilmington (Delaware)
 Aberdeen (Maryland)
 Baltimore
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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New York City to Washington, DC road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New York City to Washington, DC. If you're planning a road trip to Washington, DC, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between New York City and Washington, DC. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between New York City and Washington, DC. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in New York City
drive for about 50 minutes

9:50 am  New Brunswick
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:50 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:02 pm  Old City
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:02 pm
drive for about 38 minutes

1:40 pm  Wilmington (Delaware)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:40 pm
drive for about 46 minutes

3:27 pm  Aberdeen (Maryland)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:27 pm
drive for about 40 minutes

5:07 pm  Baltimore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:07 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

7:05 pm  arrive in Washington, DC
eat at National Gallery of Art
stay at JW Marriott Hotel

driving ≈ 5 hours


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New York City to Washington, DC questions

profile  Lucy from Studio City, California asked:
Train or Car to DC from NYC?  (17 answers)


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?

New Brunswick  (8 answers)
    Zimmerli Art Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around New Brunswick:
        THE FROG AND THE PEACH
    questions about New Brunswick:
        Is there anything worth seeing/doing/eating in or around New Brunswick, NJ???
        What's the best neighborhood in New Brunswick for a first time visitor?

Old City  (11 mentions)

Wilmington (Delaware)  (4 answers)

Aberdeen (Maryland)  (2 answers)
    questions about Aberdeen (Maryland):
        Where is a safe place to spend the night

Baltimore  (45 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?
        Authentic, non-chain restaurant for dinner with a child (with a well-refined palate) near the Inner Harbor?
        Family-friendly seafood restaurant
        Best free things to do in Baltimore?
        Best sports bars to watch football?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Washington, District of Columbia.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Washington, DC?

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 Washington, DC.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out JW Marriott Hotel, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Willard  (3 mentions)
W Washington DC  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Washington, DC?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest National Gallery of Art, which was mentioned 19 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Mitsitam Cafe  (10 mentions)
Founding Farmers  (9 mentions)
Rose's Luxury  (9 mentions)
Pavilion CafĂ©  (8 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Washington, DC?

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:

National Mall  (30 mentions)
Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
Lincoln Memorial  (22 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 Washington, DC. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jessica from asked:
Best hotel near museums  (20 answers)

profile  Hannah from Milwaukee asked:
Fun free things to do in D.C.?  (11 answers)

profile  Annemarie from New York City asked:
Getting from Union Station to National Mall?  (10 answers)

profile  Julian from Tampa asked:
How to make the most of three days in DC  (10 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
Best of the Smithsonian?  (10 answers)

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




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, DC to New York City drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of New York City? Try searching for places within 4 hours of New York City.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from New York City to Washington, DC. Or get a full New York City to Washington, DC 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 229 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 50 minutes
589 New York City travel answers
8 New Brunswick travel answers
4 Wilmington (Delaware) travel answers
2 Aberdeen (Maryland) travel answers
45 Baltimore travel answers
159 Washington, DC travel answers





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