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Washington, DC to Columbus via New York City

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Washington, DC to Columbus road trip planner

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

9:00 am  start in Washington, DC
drive for about 4 hours

12:47 pm  New York City
eat at Katz's Delicatessen
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:47 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:09 pm  Reading (Pennsylvania)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Reading (Pennsylvania)
drive for about 1 hour

10:06 am  Harrisburg
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:06 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:47 pm  Breezewood
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:47 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:52 pm  Mt Washington
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:52 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:11 pm  Zanesville (Ohio)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:11 pm
drive for about 57 minutes

9:08 pm  arrive in Columbus

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

New York City  (622 answers)
    Central Park  (149 mentions)
    High Line Park  (110 mentions)
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art  (85 mentions)
    Statue of Liberty  (69 mentions)
    Times Square  (59 mentions)
    restaurants around New York City:
        Katz's Delicatessen
        Shake Shack
        Lombardi's Pizza
        Balthazar Restaurant
        Eataly
    questions about New York City:
        Is it a good idea to visit NYC in December?
        free or cheap things to do in NYC
        What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?
        48 Hours in NYC - I NEED to know the best Pizza spots!
        Which NYC museums are must see? We only have time for two.

Reading (Pennsylvania)  (4 answers)

Harrisburg  (20 answers)
    questions about Harrisburg:
        What are the 5 best sights to see in Harrisburg PA

Breezewood  (2 answers)

Mt Washington  (8 mentions)

Zanesville (Ohio)  (2 answers)


Where's the best place to eat in Columbus?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Late Night Slice, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Northstar CafĂ©  (5 mentions)
The Thurman Cafe  (3 mentions)
Lavash Cafe  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Columbus?

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 Short North  (3 mentions)
Wolf's Ridge Brewing  (2 mentions)
North Market  (2 mentions)
Columbus Museum of Art  (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 Columbus. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Columbus for a first time visitor?  (15 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Columbus?  (7 answers)

profile  Hannah from Milwaukee asked:
Where should we eat in Columbus?  (6 answers)

profile  Daphne from Chicago asked:
What to see and eat in Short North with just a day?  (6 answers)

profile  Bob from asked:
Traveling thru Columbus Ohio on I -71 need a motel near by.  (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 Columbus 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 Columbus. Or get a full Washington, DC to Columbus 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 765 miles
driving time of 12 hours, 17 minutes
179 Washington, DC travel answers
622 New York City travel answers
4 Reading (Pennsylvania) travel answers
20 Harrisburg travel answers
2 Breezewood travel answers
2 Zanesville (Ohio) travel answers
39 Columbus travel answers





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