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Philadelphia to North Carolina drive

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  Philadelphia
 Baltimore
 Washington, DC
 Richmond
 Kerr Lake
 Durham (North Carolina)
   North Carolina 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Philadelphia to North Carolina road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia to North Carolina. If you're planning a road trip to North Carolina, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Philadelphia and North Carolina. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Philadelphia and North Carolina. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Philadelphia
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:43 pm  Baltimore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:43 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

2:41 pm  Washington, DC
stay overnight at JW Marriott Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from JW Marriott Hotel
drive for about 2 hours

11:46 am  Richmond
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:46 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:42 pm  Kerr Lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:42 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:43 pm  Durham (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:43 pm
drive for about 30 minutes

6:12 pm  arrive at North Carolina

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

Baltimore  (47 answers)
    Fells Point  (11 mentions)
    Inner Harbor  (7 mentions)
    Lexington Market  (4 mentions)
    Canton  (4 mentions)
    The Helmand  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Baltimore:
        G&M Restaurant and Lounge
        Faidley's Seafood & Fresh Fish Market
        Phillips Seafood
        The Abbey Burger Bistro
        Max's Taphouse
    questions about Baltimore:
        Best place to get seafood and crab cakes in Baltimore?
        Authentic, non-chain restaurant for dinner with a child (with a well-refined palate) near the Inner Harbor?
        Family-friendly seafood restaurant
        Best free things to do in Baltimore?
        Best sports bars to watch football?

Washington, DC  (170 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
    hotels around Washington, DC:
        JW Marriott Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Washington DC
        The Willard
        Hotel Monaco Alexandria
        W Washington DC
    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?

Richmond  (13 answers)
    Carytown  (4 mentions)
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Richmond:
        Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
    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)  (10 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


What are some things to do in North Carolina?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

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 North Carolina. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Leslie from Nashville asked:
Best Beaches in North Carolina?  (4 answers)

profile  Ken from Wichita, Kansas asked:
Has anyone stayed at the Bell Port Inn and would recommend it?  (1 answer)

profile  Joshua from Charlotte asked:
Best places to visit and see for a getaway in NC mountains  (1 answer)

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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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina. Or get a full Philadelphia to North Carolina 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 483 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 24 minutes
112 Philadelphia travel answers
47 Baltimore travel answers
170 Washington, DC travel answers
13 Richmond travel answers
10 Durham (North Carolina) travel answers
40 North Carolina travel answers





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