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Washington, DC to New York City drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Washington, DC to New York City road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Washington, DC to New York City. If you're planning a road trip to New York City, 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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9:00 am  start in Washington, DC
drive for about 57 minutes

9:57 am  Baltimore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:57 am
drive for about 45 minutes

11:42 am  Aberdeen (Maryland)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:42 pm
drive for about 45 minutes

1:27 pm  Wilmington (Delaware)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:27 pm
drive for about 37 minutes

3:04 pm  Philadelphia
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 4:34 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:43 pm  New Brunswick
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:43 pm
drive for about 45 minutes

7:28 pm  High Line Park
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 8:43 pm
drive for about 8 minutes

8:51 pm  arrive in New York City
stay at The Standard New York

driving ≈ 5 hours


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Washington, DC to New York City questions

profile  Lucy from Studio City, California asked:
Train or Car to DC from NYC?  (17 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Baltimore  (54 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?
        Best free things to do in Baltimore?
        Authentic, non-chain restaurant for dinner with a child (with a well-refined palate) near the Inner Harbor?
        Family-friendly seafood restaurant
        What is your favorite restaurant in Baltimore?

Aberdeen (Maryland)  (2 answers)
    questions about Aberdeen (Maryland):
        Where is a safe place to spend the night

Wilmington (Delaware)  (7 answers)

Philadelphia  (122 answers)
    Philadelphia Museum of Art  (16 mentions)
    The Liberty Bell  (12 mentions)
    Eastern State Penitentiary  (8 mentions)
    Spruce Street Harbor Park  (8 mentions)
    Independence Mall  (7 mentions)
    restaurants around Philadelphia:
        Reading Terminal Market
        Jim's Steaks
        Pat's King of Steaks
        Geno's Steaks
        Zahav
    hotels around Philadelphia:
        Loews Hotel Philadelphia
    questions about Philadelphia:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?
        What is there to do in Philly besides eat cheese steaks?
        Pat's or Geno's: Which has the better cheesesteak?
        Anybody know of great gems in the city I can dine at during my stay?
        Eating out on a budget.

New Brunswick  (8 answers)
    Zimmerli Art Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around New Brunswick:
        THE FROG AND THE PEACH
    questions about New Brunswick:
        Is there anything worth seeing/doing/eating in or around New Brunswick, NJ???
        What's the best neighborhood in New Brunswick for a first time visitor?

High Line Park  (117 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in New York City?

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 New York City.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in New York City to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Standard New York, which was mentioned 15 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Ace Hotel New York  (15 mentions)
The Plaza  (14 mentions)
Hotel Gansevoort  (12 mentions)
Crosby Street Hotel  (11 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in New York City? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in New York City?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Katz's Delicatessen, which was mentioned 37 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Shake Shack  (23 mentions)
Lombardi's Pizza  (20 mentions)
Balthazar Restaurant  (19 mentions)
Eataly  (19 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in New York City? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in New York City?

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:

Central Park  (149 mentions)
High Line Park  (110 mentions)
Statue of Liberty  (69 mentions)
Times Square  (59 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 New York City. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Ebe from Sao Paulo asked:
Is it a good idea to visit NYC in December?  (27 answers)

profile  Julia from Paris asked:
free or cheap things to do in NYC  (23 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?  (23 answers)

profile  Phil from Seattle asked:
48 Hours in NYC - I NEED to know the best Pizza spots!  (23 answers)

profile  Jane from asked:
Which NYC museums are must see? We only have time for two.  (21 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to New York City.




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 New York City to Washington, DC drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Washington, DC? Try searching for places within 4 hours of Washington, DC.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Washington, DC to New York City. Or get a full Washington, DC to New York City 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 229 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 50 minutes
179 Washington, DC travel answers
54 Baltimore travel answers
2 Aberdeen (Maryland) travel answers
7 Wilmington (Delaware) travel answers
122 Philadelphia travel answers
8 New Brunswick travel answers
622 New York City travel answers





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