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Washington, DC to Philadelphia drive

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  Washington, DC
 Baltimore
 Aberdeen (Maryland)
 Wilmington (Delaware)
 Reading Terminal Market
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Washington, DC to Philadelphia road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Washington, DC 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 Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Washington, DC 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 Washington, DC
drive for about 57 minutes

10:57 am  Baltimore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:57 am
drive for about 45 minutes

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

2:27 pm  Wilmington (Delaware)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:27 pm
drive for about 37 minutes

4:04 pm  eat at Reading Terminal Market
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:04 pm
drive for about 5 minutes

5:09 pm  arrive in Philadelphia
eat at Reading Terminal Market
stay at Loews Hotel Philadelphia

driving ≈ 3 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Baltimore  (47 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?
        Best free things to do in Baltimore?
        Family-friendly seafood restaurant
        Best sports bars to watch football?

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

Wilmington (Delaware)  (4 answers)

Reading Terminal Market  (26 mentions)


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  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?  (14 answers)

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  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 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 2.5 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 Philadelphia. Or get a full Washington, DC 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 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 142 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 30 minutes
170 Washington, DC travel answers
47 Baltimore travel answers
2 Aberdeen (Maryland) travel answers
4 Wilmington (Delaware) travel answers
112 Philadelphia travel answers





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