Driving from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

Take a road trip from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., and you'll be driving from the nation's first capital to the current one. The drive is relatively short, stretching for approximately 140 miles and lasting about two and a half hours. However, the trip is packed with plenty of exciting attractions and lots of historically significant stops. Discover all of the entertaining things you can see and do if you take a road trip between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Before you head out, prepare for the open road with our checklist of road trip essentials.

Drive Time from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.: approximately 2 hours and 30 mins
Distance from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.: approximately 140 miles
Best Car for this Trip: Compact SUV


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