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Raleigh to Philadelphia drive in 1 day

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  Raleigh
 Kerr Lake
 Richmond
 Alexandria (Virginia)
 Baltimore
 Wilmington (Delaware)
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Raleigh to Philadelphia road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Raleigh to Philadelphia. If you're planning a road trip to Philadelphia, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Raleigh and Philadelphia. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Raleigh and Philadelphia. 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 Raleigh
drive for about 1 hour

10:03 am  Kerr Lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:03 am
drive for about 2 hours

12:57 pm  Richmond
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:57 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:35 pm  Alexandria (Virginia)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:35 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

5:33 pm  Baltimore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:33 pm
drive for about 1 hour

7:47 pm  Wilmington (Delaware)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:47 pm
drive for about 37 minutes

9:24 pm  arrive in Philadelphia
stay at Loews Hotel Philadelphia

driving ≈ 7.5 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?

Kerr Lake

Richmond  (10 answers)
    Carytown  (4 mentions)
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Richmond:
        Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
    hotels around Richmond:
        The Jefferson Hotel
    questions about Richmond:
        What is there to do in Richmond?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Richmond?
        Nightlife in Richmond & hotels?

Alexandria (Virginia)  (19 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 Alexandria (Virginia):
        National Gallery of Art
        Mitsitam Cafe
        Founding Farmers
        Rose's Luxury
        Pavilion Café
    hotels around Alexandria (Virginia):
        JW Marriott Hotel
        The Willard
        Hotel Monaco Alexandria
        W Washington DC
    questions about Alexandria (Virginia):
        What's the best neighborhood in Alexandria (Virginia) for a first time visitor?

Baltimore  (45 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?

Wilmington (Delaware)  (4 answers)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Philadelphia?

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 Philadelphia.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Loews Hotel Philadelphia, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Philadelphia?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Reading Terminal Market, which was mentioned 24 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Jim's Steaks  (20 mentions)
Pat's King of Steaks  (11 mentions)
Geno's Steaks  (8 mentions)
Zahav  (6 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Philadelphia?

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:

The Liberty Bell  (12 mentions)
Independence Mall  (7 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 Philadelphia. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Hannah from Milwaukee asked:
What is there to do in Philly besides eat cheese steaks?  (14 answers)

profile  Scott from Chicago asked:
Pat's or Geno's: Which has the better cheesesteak?  (13 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?  (11 answers)

profile  Sharon from West Los Angeles asked:
Anybody know of great gems in the city I can dine at during my stay?  (9 answers)

profile  teri from Atlanta asked:
Eating out on a budget.  (9 answers)

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




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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia. Or get a full Raleigh to Philadelphia 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 424 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 25 minutes
13 Raleigh travel answers
10 Richmond travel answers
19 Alexandria (Virginia) travel answers
45 Baltimore travel answers
4 Wilmington (Delaware) travel answers
102 Philadelphia travel answers





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