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Washington, DC to Toronto via Niagara-on-the-Lake

driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Washington, DC to Toronto road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Washington, DC to Toronto. If you're planning a road trip to Toronto, 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 1 hour

11:10 am  Harpers Ferry
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:10 pm
drive for about 56 minutes

1:06 pm  Sideling Hill
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:06 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:21 pm  Altoona (Pennsylvania)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:21 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:50 pm  DuBois (Pennsylvania)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from DuBois (Pennsylvania)
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:35 pm  Smethport (Pennsylvania)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 1.5 hours

 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Smethport (Pennsylvania)
drive for about 10 hours

7:04 pm  Niagara-on-the-Lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:04 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:39 pm  arrive in Toronto
stay at The Drake Hotel

day 3 driving ≈ 11.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Harpers Ferry  (3 answers)

Sideling Hill  (3 mentions)

Altoona (Pennsylvania)

DuBois (Pennsylvania)

Smethport (Pennsylvania)

Niagara-on-the-Lake  (9 answers)
    Niagara Falls  (18 mentions)
    Maid of the Mist  (5 mentions)
    Skylon Tower  (4 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Toronto?

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 Toronto.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Drake Hotel, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Thompson Toronto  (3 mentions)
Gladstone Hotel  (2 mentions)
Hyatt Regency Toronto  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Toronto?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest St. Lawrence Market, which was mentioned 11 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

The Black Hoof  (5 mentions)
Cold Tea  (5 mentions)
Panorama Lounge  (4 mentions)
Grand Electric  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Toronto?

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:

Royal Ontario Museum  (18 mentions)
CN Tower  (16 mentions)
Toronto Islands  (16 mentions)
Distillery District  (15 mentions)
Eaton Centre  (12 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 Toronto. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Toronto?  (15 answers)

profile  Juliana from asked:
Which is the best Outlet for shopping?  (10 answers)

profile  Rocco from Rochester (New York) asked:
Must-see during Toronto weekend trip?  (8 answers)

profile  Stephanie from New York City asked:
Where to catch the best views in Toronto?  (7 answers)

profile  Christine from Austin (Texas) asked:
Coolest new restaurants?  (6 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 Toronto 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 Toronto. Or get a full Washington, DC to Toronto 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.

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 503 miles
driving time of 10 hours, 4 minutes
179 Washington, DC travel answers
3 Harpers Ferry travel answers
1 Altoona (Pennsylvania) travel answer
1 DuBois (Pennsylvania) travel answer
9 Niagara-on-the-Lake travel answers
148 Toronto travel answers





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