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Philadelphia to Washington, DC drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Philadelphia to Washington, DC road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia to Washington, DC. If you're planning a road trip to Washington, DC, 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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10:00 am  start in Philadelphia
drive for about 35 minutes

10:35 am  Wilmington (Delaware)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:35 am
drive for about 46 minutes

12:22 pm  Aberdeen (Maryland)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:22 pm
drive for about 40 minutes

2:02 pm  Baltimore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:02 pm
drive for about 52 minutes

3:54 pm  Georgetown (Washington DC)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:54 pm
drive for about 5 minutes

4:59 pm  arrive in Washington, DC
stay at JW Marriott Hotel

driving ≈ 3 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Wilmington (Delaware)  (7 answers)

Aberdeen (Maryland)  (2 answers)
    questions about Aberdeen (Maryland):
        Where is a safe place to spend the night

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?

Georgetown (Washington DC)  (40 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Washington, DC?

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 Washington, DC.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out JW Marriott Hotel, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Willard  (3 mentions)
W Washington DC  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Washington, DC?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Mitsitam Cafe, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Founding Farmers  (9 mentions)
Rose's Luxury  (9 mentions)
Pavilion CafĂ©  (8 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Washington, DC?

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:

National Mall  (30 mentions)
Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
Lincoln Memorial  (22 mentions)
National Gallery of Art  (19 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 Washington, DC. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jessica from asked:
Best hotel near museums  (20 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Washington, DC?  (16 answers)

profile  Hannah from Milwaukee asked:
Fun free things to do in D.C.?  (11 answers)

profile  Annemarie from New York City asked:
Getting from Union Station to National Mall?  (10 answers)

profile  Julian from Tampa asked:
How to make the most of three days in DC  (10 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Washington, DC.




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 Washington, DC to Philadelphia drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Philadelphia? Try searching for places within 2.5 hours of Philadelphia.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Philadelphia to Washington, DC. Or get a full Philadelphia to Washington, DC 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 142 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 30 minutes
122 Philadelphia travel answers
7 Wilmington (Delaware) travel answers
2 Aberdeen (Maryland) travel answers
54 Baltimore travel answers
179 Washington, DC travel answers





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