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Philadelphia to Asheville via Nashville

driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Philadelphia to Asheville road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:25 pm  Washington, DC
eat at Mitsitam Cafe
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:25 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:46 pm  Charlottesville
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Charlottesville
drive for about 2 hours

11:57 am  Roanoke
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:57 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:28 pm  Blue Ridge Parkway
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:28 pm
drive for about 3 hours

6:42 pm  Gatlinburg
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Gatlinburg
drive for about 4 hours

12:50 pm  Nashville
eat at Bluebird Cafe
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:50 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

9:17 pm  arrive in Asheville
stay at The Omni Grove Park Inn

day 3 driving ≈ 8.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

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
    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

Charlottesville  (17 answers)
    Monticello  (2 mentions)
    questions about Charlottesville:
        Any recommendations for hikes, good food and wine for a long-weekend trip?
        Trip with husband

Roanoke  (25 answers)
    questions about Roanoke:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Roanoke?

Blue Ridge Parkway  (8 mentions)
    questions about Blue Ridge Parkway:
        What’s a good route and places to stop
        Where do we stay overnight

Gatlinburg  (32 answers)
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (8 mentions)
    Great Smoky Mountains  (2 mentions)

Nashville  (190 answers)
    Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
    Country Music Hall of Fame  (6 mentions)
    Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
    Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
    The Parthenon  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Nashville:
        Bluebird Cafe
        Opryland Hotel
        Pancake Pantry
        Hattie B's Hot Chicken - 19th Ave
        Peg Leg Porker BBQ
    questions about Nashville:
        What's the best neighborhood in Nashville for a first time visitor?
        Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?
        Top of the line hotels in Nashville?
        What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend
        Best Location to Stay


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.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

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




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 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 Asheville. Or get a full Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Philadelphia!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,100 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 36 minutes
122 Philadelphia travel answers
179 Washington, DC travel answers
17 Charlottesville travel answers
25 Roanoke travel answers
32 Gatlinburg travel answers
190 Nashville travel answers
83 Asheville travel answers





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