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San Jose to Philadelphia drive

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  San Jose
 Antigua
 Oaxaca
 Tampico
 Houston
 New Orleans
 Atlanta
 Pigeon Forge
   Philadelphia 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   9 days

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San Jose to Philadelphia road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Jose to Philadelphia. If you're planning a road trip to Philadelphia, you can research locations to stop along the way. 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 San Jose
drive for about 10.5 hours

7:42 pm  Antigua
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 10.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Antigua
drive for about 8.5 hours

6:29 pm  Oaxaca
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Oaxaca
drive for about 7 hours

5:06 pm  Tampico
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours

 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Tampico
drive for about 11 hours

8:08 pm  Houston
stay overnight at Hotel ZaZa
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 11 hours

 Day 5

11:00 am  leave from Hotel ZaZa
drive for about 5 hours

4:06 pm  New Orleans
stay overnight at Hotel Monteleone
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 5 hours

 Day 6

10:00 am  leave from Hotel Monteleone
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:36 pm  Atlanta
stay overnight at W Atlanta - Midtown
leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 6 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 7

8:00 am  leave from W Atlanta - Midtown
drive for about 4 hours

11:48 am  Pigeon Forge
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:48 pm
drive for about 10.5 hours

11:24 pm  arrive in Philadelphia
stay at Loews Hotel Philadelphia

day 7 driving ≈ 14.5 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Jose, Costa Rica.

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?

Antigua  (17 answers)
    questions about Antigua:
        One night, where do you go?

Oaxaca  (30 answers)
    Monte Alban  (3 mentions)
    questions about Oaxaca:
        what are the most picturesque & authentic villages around Oaxaca?
        Oaxaca Coast suggestions?
        Oaxaca City ADO bus terminal
        Best free things to do in Oaxaca?

Tampico

Houston  (85 answers)
    Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
    Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
    Houston Museum of Natural Science  (5 mentions)
    Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
    Miller Outdoor Theatre  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Houston:
        Uchi
        Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
        Gatlin's BBQ
        Hugo's
        Goode Company Barbeque
    hotels around Houston:
        Hotel ZaZa
    questions about Houston:
        Best Mexican restaurants in town?
        Young Professional Neighborhood
        Favorite places to eat in Houston?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?
        MD Anderson patient

New Orleans  (203 answers)
    Frenchmen Street  (47 mentions)
    Bourbon Street  (26 mentions)
    Jackson Square  (18 mentions)
    The Spotted Cat Music Club  (13 mentions)
    Magazine Street  (13 mentions)
    restaurants around New Orleans:
        CafĂ© du Monde
        French Quarter
        Commander's Palace Restaurant
        K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
        Muriel's Jackson Square
    hotels around New Orleans:
        Hotel Monteleone
        The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
        The Westin New Orleans Canal Place
        Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
        The Roosevelt New Orleans
    questions about New Orleans:
        Breakfast in New Orleans?
        Where can I find the best jazz bars in New Orleans?
        What are the must-try foods and restaurants in NOLA?
        When is the best time to go to New Orleans?
        Whats the best wine spot I can check out in New Orleans

Atlanta  (109 answers)
    Georgia Aquarium  (29 mentions)
    World of Coca-Cola  (20 mentions)
    Piedmont Park  (16 mentions)
    Midtown Atlanta  (14 mentions)
    High Museum of Art  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Atlanta:
        The Varsity
        Mary Mac's Tea Room
        Antico Pizza Napoletana
        Empire State South
        JCT Kitchen & Bar
    hotels around Atlanta:
        W Atlanta - Midtown
        The Westin Peachtree Plaza
        Artmore Hotel
        Glenn Hotel, Autograph Collection
        The Highland Inn
    questions about Atlanta:
        Good Restaurants Unique to Atlanta?
        Great, reasonable places to eat.
        Tourist spots worth seeing in Atlanta?
        Authentic Southern Food!
        Best family activities in Atlanta?

Pigeon Forge  (16 answers)
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park  (8 mentions)
    questions about Pigeon Forge:
        what is here to do there besides Dollywood
        Good ma and pop places to eat or visit?


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 San Jose 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 San Jose to Philadelphia. Or get a full San Jose 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.

And if you know San Jose well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Jose!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 3,949 miles
driving time of 69 hours, 32 minutes
Philadelphia is 2 hours ahead of San Jose
41 San Jose travel answers
17 Antigua travel answers
30 Oaxaca travel answers
1 Tampico travel answer
85 Houston travel answers
203 New Orleans travel answers
109 Atlanta travel answers
16 Pigeon Forge travel answers
102 Philadelphia travel answers





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