Weekend trips from Washington, DC

  1. Myrtle Beach / Columbus
  2. Pittsburgh / Niagara Falls
  3. Virginia Beach / Charlotte
  4. Cleveland / Toronto
  5. New York City / Philadelphia

For any of these trips, you could visit just the first or second destination if you want to do less driving and spend more time in the area.

The longest trip is about 27 hours of total driving, so you may want to plan to do this over a long weekend.


Trip idea #1: Washington, DC → Myrtle Beach → Columbus → Washington, DC


Washington, DC to Myrtle Beach
leave Washington, DC on Friday
1 hour → Fredericksburg
1 hour → Richmond
1 hour → Emporia
56 minutes → Rocky Mount
48 minutes → Smithfield
44 minutes → Fayetteville
1 hour → Whiteville
1 hour → Myrtle Beach (stay Friday night)
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8 hours of driving

Myrtle Beach to Columbus
leave Myrtle Beach on Saturday
1.5 hours → Latta
1 hour → Rockingham
1.5 hours → Greensboro
1.5 hours → Blue Ridge Parkway
2.5 hours → Charleston
1.5 hours → Wellston
1.5 hours → Columbus (stay Saturday night)
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11 hours of driving

Columbus to Washington, DC
leave Columbus on Sunday
1 hour → The Rock Café
57 minutes → Wheeling
48 minutes → Monongahela
48 minutes → Fallingwater
50 minutes → Frostburg
2 hours → Sideling Hill
1.5 hours → Washington, DC (back home)
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8 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 27 hours of driving.


Trip idea #2: Washington, DC → Pittsburgh → Niagara Falls → Washington, DC


Washington, DC to Pittsburgh
leave Washington, DC on Friday
1 hour → Harpers Ferry
46 minutes → Hagerstown
46 minutes → Sideling Hill
1 hour → Stoystown
1.5 hours → Phipps Conservatory
7 minutes → Pittsburgh (stay Friday night)
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5 hours of driving

Pittsburgh to Niagara Falls
leave Pittsburgh on Saturday
1 hour → Grove City
48 minutes → Meadville
48 minutes → Erie
1 hour → Fredonia
42 minutes → Blasdell
48 minutes → Niagara Falls (stay Saturday night)
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5 hours of driving

Niagara Falls to Washington, DC
leave Niagara Falls on Sunday
1 hour → Buffalo
49 minutes → Sugartown Alpaca Farm
1.5 hours → Smethport
1.5 hours → DuBois
1.5 hours → Altoona
2 hours → Sideling Hill
31 minutes → Washington, DC (back home)
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8.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 19 hours of driving.


Trip idea #3: Washington, DC → Virginia Beach → Charlotte → Washington, DC


Washington, DC to Virginia Beach
leave Washington, DC on Friday
1 hour → Fredericksburg
48 minutes → Kings Dominion
1.5 hours → Williamsburg
53 minutes → Norfolk
20 minutes → Virginia Beach (stay Friday night)
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4.5 hours of driving

Virginia Beach to Charlotte
leave Virginia Beach on Saturday
48 minutes → Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
1.5 hours → Emporia
1 hour → Kerr Lake
60 minutes → Durham
53 minutes → Greensboro
1.5 hours → Charlotte (stay Saturday night)
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6.5 hours of driving

Charlotte to Washington, DC
leave Charlotte on Sunday
53 minutes → Greensboro
1 hour → Durham
1.5 hours → South Hill
1 hour → Richmond
1 hour → Fredericksburg
1.5 hours → Washington, DC (back home)
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7 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 18 hours of driving.


Trip idea #4: Washington, DC → Cleveland → Toronto → Washington, DC


Washington, DC to Cleveland
leave Washington, DC on Friday
1 hour → Hagerstown
55 minutes → Breezewood
55 minutes → Stoystown
1.5 hours → Pittsburgh
1 hour → Youngstown
55 minutes → Akron
42 minutes → Cleveland (stay Friday night)
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7 hours of driving

Cleveland to Toronto
leave Cleveland on Saturday
56 minutes → Geneva
1 hour → Erie
1 hour → Fredonia
1.5 hours → Niagara Falls
1 hour → Mississauga
43 minutes → Toronto (stay Saturday night)
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6 hours of driving

Toronto to Washington, DC
leave Toronto on Sunday
1.5 hours → Niagara Falls
1.5 hours → Sugartown Alpaca Farm
55 minutes → Treasure Lake
2 hours → Black Moshannon State Park
56 minutes → Sideling Hill
1 hour → Harpers Ferry
1.5 hours → Washington, DC (back home)
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9.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 22.5 hours of driving.


Trip idea #5: Washington, DC → New York City → Philadelphia → Washington, DC


Washington, DC to New York City
leave Washington, DC on Friday
57 minutes → Baltimore
45 minutes → Aberdeen
45 minutes → Wilmington
37 minutes → Philadelphia
51 minutes → Princeton
1 hour → Newark
32 minutes → New York City (stay Friday night)
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5.5 hours of driving

New York City to Philadelphia
leave New York City on Saturday
41 minutes → Woodbridge
18 minutes → THE FROG AND THE PEACH
28 minutes → East Windsor
22 minutes → Bordentown
28 minutes → Bensalem
15 minutes → Bustleton Ave
21 minutes → Philadelphia (stay Saturday night)
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3 hours of driving

Philadelphia to Washington, DC
leave Philadelphia on Sunday
39 minutes → Reading Terminal Market
45 minutes → Wilmington
45 minutes → Aberdeen
57 minutes → Baltimore
5 minutes → Washington, DC (back home)
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3 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 11.5 hours of driving.



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