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Washington, DC to Philadelphia via Gettysburg

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  Washington, DC
 Gettysburg
 Reading (Pennsylvania)
 West Chester (Pennsylvania)
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 Gettysburg. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Washington, DC and Gettysburg. 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 1.5 hours

11:27 am  Gettysburg
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:27 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:13 pm  Reading (Pennsylvania)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:13 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

4:03 pm  West Chester (Pennsylvania)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:03 pm
drive for about 47 minutes

5:50 pm  arrive in Philadelphia
eat at Reading Terminal Market
stay at Loews Hotel Philadelphia

driving ≈ 5 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Gettysburg  (7 answers)
    Gettysburg National Military Park  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Gettysburg:
        Dobbin House
    questions about Gettysburg:
        What shouldn't I miss with 24 hours in Gettysburg?
        good campsite in gettysburg pa

Reading (Pennsylvania)  (4 answers)

West Chester (Pennsylvania)  (4 answers)
    hotels around West Chester (Pennsylvania):
        Hotel Warner
    questions about West Chester (Pennsylvania):
        What's the best neighborhood in West Chester (Pennsylvania) for a first time visitor?


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.

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 227 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 50 minutes
170 Washington, DC travel answers
7 Gettysburg travel answers
4 Reading (Pennsylvania) travel answers
4 West Chester (Pennsylvania) travel answers
112 Philadelphia travel answers





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