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Raleigh to Nashville drive

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  Raleigh
 Winston Salem
 Blue Ridge Mountains
 Asheville
 Cherokee (North Carolina)
 Comfort Suites Crossville
   Nashville 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Raleigh to Nashville road trip planner

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

11:42 am  Winston Salem
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:42 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:38 pm  Blue Ridge Mountains
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:38 pm
drive for about 59 minutes

4:37 pm  Asheville
stay overnight at The Omni Grove Park Inn
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from The Omni Grove Park Inn
drive for about 1 hour

11:05 am  Cherokee (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:05 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:09 pm  stay at Comfort Suites Crossville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:09 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:16 pm  arrive in Nashville
eat at Bluebird Cafe
stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Raleigh, North Carolina.

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?

Winston Salem  (3 answers)

Blue Ridge Mountains  (3 mentions)

Asheville  (67 answers)
    Biltmore Estate  (13 mentions)
    Wicked Weed Brewing  (6 mentions)
    Highland Brewing Company  (4 mentions)
    Asheville  (3 mentions)
    Wedge Brewing Company  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Asheville:
        Tupelo Honey Cafe
        Wedge Brewing Co
        French Broad Chocolate Lounge
        C├║rate
        Asheville Brewing Company
    hotels around Asheville:
        The Omni Grove Park Inn
        Aloft Asheville Downtown
    questions about Asheville:
        Short weekend in Asheville
        Bachelorette Party
        Where to stay and what to do in Asheville N. Carolina?
        Things to do and places to eat/drink during girls weekend?
        Is it worth visiting Asheville in the winter?

Cherokee (North Carolina)  (6 answers)

Comfort Suites Crossville


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Nashville, Tennessee.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Nashville?

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 Nashville.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Gaylord Opryland Resort, which was mentioned 10 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Hermitage Hotel  (2 mentions)
Omni Nashville Hotel  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Nashville?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Bluebird Cafe, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Opryland Hotel  (4 mentions)
Pancake Pantry  (4 mentions)
Peg Leg Porker BBQ  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Nashville?

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:

Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
The Parthenon  (5 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 Nashville. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Cheryl from Edina, Minnesota asked:
Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?  (6 answers)

profile  Mike from Bronx, New York asked:
Top of the line hotels in Nashville?  (5 answers)

profile  nicholas from Indianapolis asked:
What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend  (4 answers)

profile  D from Orland Park asked:
Best Location to Stay  (4 answers)

profile  Jane from asked:
Hotel by Airport  (4 answers)

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




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 Nashville to Raleigh 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 Raleigh to Nashville. Or get a full Raleigh to Nashville 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 Raleigh well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Raleigh!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 544 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 13 minutes
Nashville is 1 hour behind Raleigh
13 Raleigh travel answers
3 Winston Salem travel answers
67 Asheville travel answers
6 Cherokee (North Carolina) travel answers
149 Nashville travel answers





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