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Philadelphia to Columbus drive

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  Philadelphia
 Lancaster (Pennsylvania)
 Gettysburg
 Breezewood
 New Stanton
 Wheeling (West Virginia)
 Zanesville (Ohio)
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Philadelphia to Columbus road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia to Columbus. If you're planning a road trip to Columbus, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Philadelphia and Columbus. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Philadelphia and Columbus. 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 1.5 hours

11:26 am  Lancaster (Pennsylvania)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:26 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:45 pm  Gettysburg
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:45 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:13 pm  Breezewood
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Breezewood
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:36 am  New Stanton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:36 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:57 pm  Wheeling (West Virginia)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:57 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:12 pm  Zanesville (Ohio)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:12 pm
drive for about 57 minutes

6:09 pm  arrive in Columbus
eat at Late Night Slice

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Lancaster (Pennsylvania)  (16 answers)

Gettysburg  (9 answers)
    Gettysburg National Military Park  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Gettysburg:
        Dobbin House
    questions about Gettysburg:
        What shouldn't I miss with 24 hours in Gettysburg?
        good campsite in gettysburg pa

Breezewood  (2 answers)

New Stanton

Wheeling (West Virginia)  (3 answers)

Zanesville (Ohio)  (2 answers)


Where's the best place to eat in Columbus?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Late Night Slice, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Northstar CafĂ©  (5 mentions)
The Thurman Cafe  (3 mentions)
Lavash Cafe  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Columbus?

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:

The Short North  (3 mentions)
Wolf's Ridge Brewing  (2 mentions)
North Market  (2 mentions)
Columbus Museum of Art  (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 Columbus. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Columbus for a first time visitor?  (11 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Columbus?  (7 answers)

profile  Hannah from Milwaukee asked:
Where should we eat in Columbus?  (6 answers)

profile  Daphne from Chicago asked:
What to see and eat in Short North with just a day?  (6 answers)

profile  Bob from asked:
Traveling thru Columbus Ohio on I -71 need a motel near by.  (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 Columbus 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 Columbus. Or get a full Philadelphia to Columbus 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 469 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 14 minutes
121 Philadelphia travel answers
16 Lancaster (Pennsylvania) travel answers
9 Gettysburg travel answers
2 Breezewood travel answers
3 Wheeling (West Virginia) travel answers
2 Zanesville (Ohio) travel answers
38 Columbus travel answers





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