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Washington, DC to Asheville via Charlotte

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Washington, DC to Asheville road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Washington, DC to Asheville. If you're planning a road trip to Asheville, 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 Washington, DC
drive for about 2 hours

11:46 am  Richmond
eat at Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:46 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:42 pm  Kerr Lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:42 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:48 pm  Raleigh
stay overnight at The Umstead Hotel & Spa
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from The Umstead Hotel & Spa
drive for about 3 hours

12:50 pm  Charlotte
eat at Amelie's French Bakery
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:50 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:03 pm  arrive in Asheville
stay at The Omni Grove Park Inn

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

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?

Kerr Lake

Raleigh  (19 answers)
    North Carolina Museum of Art  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Raleigh:
        The Pit
        Poole's
        Bida Manda
    hotels around Raleigh:
        The Umstead Hotel & Spa
    questions about Raleigh:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Raleigh?
        Best Non-Chain Restaurants for Families
        What's the best neighborhood in Raleigh for a first time visitor?

Charlotte  (42 answers)
    Halcyon Flavors From the Earth  (4 mentions)
    EpiCentre  (2 mentions)
    7th Street Public Market  (2 mentions)
    Mint Museum UPTOWN  (2 mentions)
    Discovery Place  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Charlotte:
        Amelie's French Bakery
        Birdsong Brewing Co.
        Rooster's Southpark
        Cabo Fish Taco
        Georges Brasserie
    questions about Charlotte:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?
        What's the best neighborhood in Charlotte for a first time visitor?
        Nice suburbs to stay just outside Charlotte
        Farm to Table Dining in Charlotte
        What to do in Charlotte while celebrating a 60th Birthday?


Where's the best place to stay in Asheville?

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 Asheville.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Omni Grove Park Inn, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

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




Where's the best place to eat in Asheville?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Tupelo Honey Cafe, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Wedge Brewing Co  (3 mentions)
Cúrate  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Asheville?

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:

Biltmore Estate  (13 mentions)
Wicked Weed Brewing  (6 mentions)
Wedge Brewing Company  (2 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 Asheville. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Liz from Washington asked:
Short weekend in Asheville  (5 answers)

profile  teri from Atlanta asked:
Dining and lodging on a budget?  (3 answers)

profile  Ashley from Durham (North Carolina) asked:
Bachelorette Party  (3 answers)

profile  Peter from Sheffield asked:
Where to stay and what to do in Asheville N. Carolina?  (3 answers)

profile  Karisa from Atlanta asked:
Things to do and places to eat/drink during girls weekend?  (3 answers)

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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 Asheville to Washington, DC 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 Washington, DC to Asheville. Or get a full Washington, DC to Asheville 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 Washington, DC well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Washington, DC!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 529 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 8 minutes
179 Washington, DC travel answers
14 Richmond travel answers
19 Raleigh travel answers
42 Charlotte travel answers
83 Asheville travel answers





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