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Philadelphia to Austin drive

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Philadelphia to Austin road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia to Austin. If you're planning a road trip to Austin, 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, 10:00 am:  start in Philadelphia
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 1, 12:25 pm:  Washington, DC
eat at National Gallery of Art
stay for about 3.5 hours and leave at 3:55 pm
drive for about 4 hours

Day 1, 7:57 pm:  Blacksburg
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am


Day 2, 10:00 am:  leave from Blacksburg
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 2, 1:38 pm:  Pigeon Forge
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:38 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 2, 6:00 pm:  Nashville
eat at Bluebird Cafe
stay overnight at Gaylord Opryland Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am


Day 3, 10:00 am:  leave from Gaylord Opryland Resort
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 3, 1:18 pm:  Memphis
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 3:18 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 3, 5:26 pm:  Little Rock
eat at Doe's Eat Place
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am


Day 4, 9:00 am:  leave from Little Rock
drive for about 2 hours

Day 4, 10:59 am:  Crater of Diamonds State Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:59 am
drive for about 4 hours

Day 4, 3:54 pm:  Dallas
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 5:54 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 4, 9:10 pm:  arrive in Austin
stay at Hotel San Jose


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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?

Washington, DC  (144 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)
    restaurants around Washington, DC:
        National Gallery of Art
        Mitsitam Cafe
        Founding Farmers
        Rose's Luxury
        Pavilion CafĂ©
    questions about Washington, DC:
        Best hotel near museums
        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
        Best of the Smithsonian?
Blacksburg  (7 answers)
    questions about Blacksburg:
        Eat/Hike/Anything else for 1-Day visit?
Pigeon Forge  (14 answers)
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (8 mentions)
    questions about Pigeon Forge:
        Good ma and pop places to eat or visit?
Nashville  (122 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
    hotels around Nashville:
        Gaylord Opryland Resort
        The Hermitage Hotel
        Omni Nashville Hotel
    questions about Nashville:
        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
        Hotel by Airport
Memphis  (84 answers)
    Beale Street  (9 mentions)
    Graceland  (9 mentions)
    National Civil Rights Museum  (8 mentions)
    Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
    Mud Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Memphis:
        Central BBQ
        Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
        Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
        Payne's Bar-B-Q
        Cozy Corner Restaurant
    questions about Memphis:
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Good Food and Fun With Kids
Little Rock  (31 answers)
    William J Clinton Library  (6 mentions)
    Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site  (3 mentions)
    Governors Mansion Historic District  (2 mentions)
    William J. Clinton Presidential Center  (2 mentions)
    Museum of Discovery  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Little Rock:
        Doe's Eat Place
        Loca Luna
    questions about Little Rock:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Little Rock?
        Best sights in Little Rock
        Good Eating Gems
        Can't miss restaurants in Little Rock?
        Best hotels in Little Rock?
Crater of Diamonds State Park  (3 mentions)
Dallas  (93 answers)
    Perot Museum of Nature and Science  (14 mentions)
    Dallas Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza  (10 mentions)
    Nasher Sculpture Center  (9 mentions)
    Klyde Warren Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Dallas:
        Pecan Lodge
        Lockhart Smokehouse
        Peggy Sue BBQ
        Smoke
        Oddfellows
    questions about Dallas:
        Where is the best barbeque in Dallas?
        Where to go for lunch in Dallas?
        Going to Dallas for 2 weeks - what to see?
        Best free things to do in Dallas?
        Best breakfast spots in Dallas?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Austin, Texas.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Austin?

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 Austin.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel San Jose, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The W Austin Hotel  (7 mentions)
The Driskill Hotel  (4 mentions)
Austin Motel  (4 mentions)
Hotel Saint Cecilia  (4 mentions)

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






Where's the best place to eat in Austin?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chuy's Restaurant, which was mentioned 11 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Torchy's Tacos  (11 mentions)
Uchi Restaurant  (9 mentions)
Salt Lick  (7 mentions)
The County Line  (7 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Austin? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Austin?

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:

Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
Continental Club  (11 mentions)
Rainey Street  (8 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 Austin. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Tony Wright from Seattle asked:
Best BBQ in/near Austin?  (16 answers)

 Agnes Sowul from New York City asked:
Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?  (12 answers)

 Alyssa Russell from Rahway asked:
Food trucks  (11 answers)

 Brent Russell from New Jersey asked:
What are the must-sees in Austin?  (10 answers)

 Joy Mitchell from Berlin asked:
Best eats/bars in Austin under $25?  (9 answers)

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






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 Austin 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 Austin. Or get a full Philadelphia to Austin 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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,661 miles
driving time of 26 hours, 29 minutes
Austin is 1 hour behind Philadelphia
90 Philadelphia travel answers
144 Washington, DC travel answers
7 Blacksburg travel answers
14 Pigeon Forge travel answers
122 Nashville travel answers
84 Memphis travel answers
31 Little Rock travel answers
93 Dallas travel answers
157 Austin travel answers





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