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Philadelphia to Memphis drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



Philadelphia to Memphis road trip planner

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

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 3.5 hours

7:30 pm  Roanoke
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Roanoke
drive for about 4 hours

3:11 pm  Pigeon Forge
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Pigeon Forge
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:23 pm  Nashville
eat at Bluebird Cafe
stay for about 3.5 hours and leave at 3:53 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:13 pm  Hurricane Mills
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:13 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

8:41 pm  arrive in Memphis
stay at Peabody Hotel

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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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  (158 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?
Roanoke  (12 answers)
    questions about Roanoke:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Roanoke?
Pigeon Forge  (16 answers)
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (8 mentions)
    questions about Pigeon Forge:
        what is here to do there besides Dollywood
        Good ma and pop places to eat or visit?
Nashville  (140 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:
        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
Hurricane Mills  (2 answers)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Memphis, Tennessee.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Memphis?

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 Memphis.

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

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






Where's the best place to eat in Memphis?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Central BBQ, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Payne's Bar-B-Q  (3 mentions)
Cozy Corner Restaurant  (2 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Memphis?

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:

Beale Street  (9 mentions)
Graceland  (9 mentions)
Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
Mud Island  (6 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 Memphis. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Regan Wood from Brooklyn asked:
What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?  (5 answers)

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?  (5 answers)

 Andreas Rossi from Manhattan asked:
Best blues clubs in Memphis?  (5 answers)

 stephanie wacaser from Nixa asked:
Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??  (4 answers)

 Larry B from Southern California asked:
Good Food and Fun With Kids  (4 answers)

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






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 Memphis 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 Memphis. Or get a full Philadelphia to Memphis 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 1,014 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 25 minutes
Memphis is 1 hour behind Philadelphia
100 Philadelphia travel answers
158 Washington, DC travel answers
12 Roanoke travel answers
16 Pigeon Forge travel answers
140 Nashville travel answers
2 Hurricane Mills travel answers
94 Memphis travel answers





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