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Philadelphia to Charlotte drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Philadelphia to Charlotte road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia to Charlotte. If you're planning a road trip to Charlotte, 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 hours

6:11 pm  Richmond
eat at Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
stay overnight at The Jefferson Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from The Jefferson Hotel
drive for about 2 hours

11:56 am  Kerr Lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:56 pm
drive for about 60 minutes

1:56 pm  Durham (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:56 pm
drive for about 53 minutes

3:49 pm  Greensboro
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:49 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:16 pm  arrive in Charlotte
eat at Amelie's French Bakery

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 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

Richmond  (14 answers)
    Carytown  (4 mentions)
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Richmond:
        Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
    hotels around Richmond:
        The Jefferson Hotel
    questions about Richmond:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Richmond?
        What is there to do in Richmond?
        Nightlife in Richmond & hotels?

Kerr Lake

Durham (North Carolina)  (13 answers)
    Sarah P. Duke Gardens  (3 mentions)
    Durham Performing Arts Center  (2 mentions)
    Duke University  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Durham (North Carolina):
        Mateo Bar de Tapas
    questions about Durham (North Carolina):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Durham (North Carolina)?
        Looking for a restaurant that will accomodate a group

Greensboro  (7 answers)
    questions about Greensboro:
        Fun, family friendly activies for the holidays in Greensboro, NC?


Where's the best place to eat in Charlotte?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Amelie's French Bakery, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Birdsong Brewing Co.  (2 mentions)
Rooster's Southpark  (2 mentions)
Cabo Fish Taco  (2 mentions)
Georges Brasserie  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Charlotte?

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:

EpiCentre  (2 mentions)
Mint Museum UPTOWN  (2 mentions)
Discovery Place  (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 Charlotte. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?  (9 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Charlotte for a first time visitor?  (7 answers)

profile  Stacey from Fort Myers asked:
Nice suburbs to stay just outside Charlotte  (3 answers)

profile  Julie from Saint Paul (Minnesota) asked:
Farm to Table Dining in Charlotte  (2 answers)

profile  Liz from Washington asked:
What to do in Charlotte while celebrating a 60th Birthday?  (2 answers)

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




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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte. Or get a full Philadelphia to Charlotte 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 539 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 18 minutes
Charlotte is the same time as Philadelphia
122 Philadelphia travel answers
179 Washington, DC travel answers
14 Richmond travel answers
13 Durham (North Carolina) travel answers
7 Greensboro travel answers
42 Charlotte travel answers





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