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Philadelphia to Alexandria (Virginia) via Lancaster (Pennsylvania)

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Philadelphia to Alexandria (Virginia) road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia to Alexandria (Virginia). If you're planning a road trip to Alexandria (Virginia), 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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11:00 am  start in Philadelphia
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:26 pm  Lancaster (Pennsylvania)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:26 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:59 pm  arrive in Alexandria (Virginia)
stay at JW Marriott Hotel

driving ≈ 4 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Lancaster (Pennsylvania)  (16 answers)


Where's the best place to stay in Alexandria (Virginia)?

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 Alexandria (Virginia).

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)

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Where's the best place to eat in Alexandria (Virginia)?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Mitsitam Cafe, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

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

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What are some things to do in Alexandria (Virginia)?

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)
National Gallery of Art  (19 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 Alexandria (Virginia). Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Alexandria (Virginia) for a first time visitor?  (4 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 Alexandria (Virginia) to Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia to Alexandria (Virginia). Or get a full Philadelphia to Alexandria (Virginia) 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 Philadelphia well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Philadelphia!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 209 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 44 minutes
122 Philadelphia travel answers
16 Lancaster (Pennsylvania) travel answers
22 Alexandria (Virginia) travel answers





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