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Philadelphia to Raleigh drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Philadelphia to Raleigh road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia to Raleigh. If you're planning a road trip to Raleigh, 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 1.5 hours

11:43 am  Baltimore
eat at G&M Restaurant and Lounge
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:43 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

1:41 pm  Washington, DC
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:46 pm  Fredericksburg
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 Fredericksburg
drive for about 1 hour

11:03 am  Richmond
eat at Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:03 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:09 pm  Emporia (Virginia)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:09 pm
drive for about 56 minutes

3:05 pm  Rocky Mount (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:05 pm
drive for about 60 minutes

5:05 pm  arrive in Raleigh
eat at The Pit
stay at The Umstead Hotel & Spa

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Baltimore  (54 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?
        Best free things to do in Baltimore?
        Authentic, non-chain restaurant for dinner with a child (with a well-refined palate) near the Inner Harbor?
        Family-friendly seafood restaurant
        What is your favorite restaurant in Baltimore?

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

Fredericksburg  (4 answers)

Richmond  (14 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?

Emporia (Virginia)

Rocky Mount (North Carolina)  (4 answers)


Where's the best place to stay in Raleigh?

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 Raleigh.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Umstead Hotel & Spa, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Raleigh?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Pit, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Poole's  (2 mentions)
Bida Manda  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Raleigh?

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:

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

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

profile  steve from Clayton asked:
Best Non-Chain Restaurants for Families  (2 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Raleigh for a first time visitor?  (2 answers)

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




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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh. Or get a full Philadelphia to Raleigh 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 424 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 25 minutes
122 Philadelphia travel answers
54 Baltimore travel answers
179 Washington, DC travel answers
4 Fredericksburg travel answers
14 Richmond travel answers
1 Emporia (Virginia) travel answer
4 Rocky Mount (North Carolina) travel answers
19 Raleigh travel answers





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