Best Road Trips From Washington DC

After a visit packed with epic city sites, Washington DC is the perfect starting point to see a range of other destinations, from historic cities to natural wonders and memorable drives across the United States.

Top Road Trip Destinations From Washington DC

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Times Square, New York, at daytime with yellow taxis

🚗 280 miles ⏱️ 5 hours

Iconic landmarks, world-class museums, and endless entertainment can be found throughout New York City. From Times Square to Central Park, there are endless unforgettable moments to enjoy.

Independence Hall and statue of George Washington in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

🚗 139 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 30 minutes

Known as the birthplace of American democracy, make sure to head to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, before sampling a delicious Philly cheesesteak for an authentic taste of the city.

Baltimore, Maryland, USA taken at the Inner Harbor at sunset with a colorful sky and city skyline in the distance.


🚗 39 miles ⏱️ 1 hour

Charming Baltimore, brimming with maritime history and heritage. Explore the Inner Harbor and National Aquarium, before enjoying some of Maryland's finest seafood along the waterfront.

Niagara Falls

🚗 480 miles ⏱️ 7 hours, 40 minutes

Needing little introduction, Niagara Falls is one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. Take a thrilling boat tour to see it up close, before heading to the observation decks for more jaw-dropping views.

Annapolis Main Street with the State House in the background, Maryland


🚗 32 miles ⏱️ 45 minutes

The waterfront town of Annapolis, is best known for its architecture and maritime heritage. Wander the historic streets and visit the United States Naval Academy, or how about a cruise along the Chesapeake Bay.

The Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers join at the start of the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


🚗 245 miles ⏱️ 4 hours

The lively city of Pittsburgh, is ready to greet you with epic city views from the Duquesne Incline, interesting sites from the likes of the Andy Warhol Museum, and plenty of bustling and picturesque neighborhoods.

Downtown Boston with the Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market at dusk.


🚗 440 miles ⏱️ 7 hours, 30 minutes

Boston, one of America's oldest cities, is packed with iconic landmarks like the Freedom Trail and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and mesmerising waterfront. Make sure to sample the super seafood at Quincy Market.

Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway with illuminations and bright signs advertising country music entertainment, Nashville, USA

🚗 765 miles ⏱️ 12 hours, 20 minutes

Toe tap your way around Nashville, bursting with a vibrant music scene and southern charm. Known as Music City you can discover legendary honky-tonks on Broadway, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, and enjoy live performances at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Chicago River with boats and traffic in Downtown Chicago


🚗 745 miles ⏱️ 12 hours, 10 minutes

Well known for its stunning architecture and world-class museums, you can expect to marvel at iconic landmarks like Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago, before heading on a tour along the Chicago River. Make sure to order a deep-dish pizza before you leave.

Visitors flock to the very popular beach at Ocean City during the summer in Maryland

Ocean City

🚗 146 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 50 minutes

Fancy a break from the city? Then the sandy shores of Ocean City await you. This popular beach destination on the East Coast is perfect for relaxing, with super beaches, boardwalk, and a chance to try out some thrilling water sports and amusement rides.

Montauk Lighthouse right at the end of Long Island, New York

Tour of Long Island, Wineries, and Montauk

🚗 360 miles ⏱️ 6 hours, 30 minutes

Head on a scenic tour of Long Island, with world-class wineries to indulge in tastings, and soak up the atmosphere at Montauk with its gorgeous beaches and laid-back vibe. A chance to chill out and unwind.

Autumn Scenics in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains

🚗 500 miles ⏱️ 8 hours

Great Smoky Mountains are home to seemingly never-ending forests and waterfalls, with plenty of hiking trails for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to catch the views from Clingmans Dome, just one of the amazing natural wonders at America's most visited national park.

Outside of the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny


🚗 640 miles ⏱️ 10 hours, 30 minutes

Atlanta is a lively mix of great history, cultural attractions, and southern hospitality. Make sure to visit famous landmarks like the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and check out the city's dynamic arts and music scene.

Main Street Station is one of many amazing architectural gems in Richmond, Virginia


🚗 109 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 50 minutes

Steeped in colonial heritage, Richmond has plenty going on, including sites like the Virginia State Capitol and Monument Avenue to visit, as well as heading for a stroll along the scenic James River.

Atlantic City's Boardwalk and Steel Pier on a sunny day in New Jersey

Atlantic City

🚗 190 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 15 minutes

Experience the excitement of Atlantic City, a bustling resort destination with vibrant boardwalk, lively casinos, and beautiful beaches. Enjoy thrilling entertainment, gourmet dining, and shopping, or simply relax and soak up the sun along the Atlantic Ocean coastline.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA city skyline.

🚗 530 miles ⏱️ 10 hours, 30 minutes

Escape to the sunny shores of Myrtle Beach, with stunning beaches and world-class golf courses. Relax on the sandy coastline, explore the popular boardwalk, and indulge in fresh seafood dishes. The perfect retreat.

Sunrise over Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick, Maryland.


🚗 45 miles ⏱️ 58 minutes

Packed with historic charm, Frederick is lined with quaint streets, eclectic shops, art galleries, and local eateries. Make a visit to Carroll Creek Linear Park and the scenic waterfront.

Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina from behind the George Washington statue at the State Capitol


🚗 278 miles ⏱️ 4 hours, 15 minutes

The exciting city of Raleigh has plenty to explore, including historic sites like the North Carolina State Capitol and the North Carolina Museum of History, and an abundance of outdoor activities at Pullen Park or Lake Johnson Park

The Portland Breakwater Light (also called Bug Light) is a small lighthouse in South Portland, Maine,United States.The lighthouse winter view after snow with blue sky background.


🚗 670 miles ⏱️ 13 hours, 40 minutes

The eclectic vibe of Portland is known for its pretty harbor, Old Port district, and thriving food scene. Make sure to take in the waterfront attractions and coastal views along the scenic Casco Bay.

The rolling hills of the Catskills around Pepacton Reservoir at sunset in upstate New York

Delaware River, Callicoon, and the Catskills

🚗 320 miles ⏱️ 6 hours

Head on a scenic journey to the Delaware River, Callicoon, and the Catskills, with stunning landscapes and charming towns. The beautiful natural beauty of upstate New York.

The historic houses and shops along High Street in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry

🚗 67 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 15 minutes

Step back in time at Harpers Ferry, where historic buildings, hiking trails, and panoramic views of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers are just some of the memorable sites you can expect during your visit.

Skyline Drive in Virginia winding through the beautiful Shenandoah National Park.

Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park

🚗 175 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 30 minutes

Take to the road on the unforgettable Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, where lush forests, waterfalls, and jaw-dropping overlooks await. Stop off for hikes en route, and a chance to get closer to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

White benches on the boardwalk overlooking Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.

Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach

🚗 141 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 45 minutes

Relax and unwind at Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach. These charming coastal destinations offer sandy shores and family-friendly attractions. Love swimming, sunbathing, and seaside dining? There is little better along the Delaware coast.

Historic houses lining Forsyth Park with grand live oak trees, in Savannah, Georgia


🚗 575 miles ⏱️ 8 hours, 40 minutes

Charming Savannah, Georgia, is packed with historic squares, cobblestone streets, and city landmarks. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere as you indulge in unmatched Southern cuisine and hospitality.

Sunset in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia in George Washington and Jefferson National Forest

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and the Appalachian Trail

🚗 106 miles ⏱️ 2 hours

Explore the natural beauty of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, where you can hike a part of the Appalachian Trail and the stunning landscapes of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

Longer road trips from Washington DC

Orlando, Florida, USA at Universal studios city walk with a view of the Lighthouse, entrance to Islands of Adventure.


🚗 900 miles ⏱️ 14 hours, 30 minutes

Expect a fun-filled visit to epic Orlando, home to world-renowned theme parks, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

Snow-capped mountains in Liechtenstein's Malbun ski resort

Blue Ridge Parkway

🚗 610 miles ⏱️ 17 hours, 30 minutes

Head on an incredible journey along Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America's most picturesque drives. Marvel at the Appalachian Mountains, with great hiking trails.

Aerial view of Miami Beach, South Beach, Florida, USA on a sunny day.


🚗 1,160 miles ⏱️ 18 hours, 30 minutes

Discover the world-renowned beaches of Miami, legendary nightlife and epic shopping districts, for sun, fun and culture.

Ornate wrought iron balconies with hanging plants in New Orleans' French Quarter, Louisiana

🚗 1,260 miles ⏱️ 19 hours

The soulful rhythms and musical history of New Orleans make this a must-visit for any music fans. Make a beeline for the French Quarter.

Beautiful cloudy day of Los Angeles downtown skyline and palm trees in foreground

🚗 2,755 miles ⏱️ 41 hours

Nothing else quite touches the glamour and excitement of LA, with world-famous attractions, stunning beaches, and cultural landmarks like Hollywood Boulevard.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA at sunset.

🚗 3,000 miles ⏱️ 47 hours

With famous sites such as Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Fisherman's Wharf there are plenty of great places to visit in San Francisco.