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Atlanta to Washington DC Road Trip Itinerary

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Atlanta to Washington D.C Road Trip Itinerary – Atlanta is known for it’s southern hospitality, diverse musical heritage and number of world records!

Atlanta also has the busiest passenger airport in the United States of America the Harts-field Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which draws over 50 million people annually! This makes it a popular starting point for many great US fly drive road trips!

Whereas Washington D.C is historic home of the US government & politics. From the Iconic White House, to the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial and plenty of fine dining Restaurants, Washington D.C is a powerful place to visit.

D.C is also home to captivating Cherry Blossom festival a FREE event which sees hundreds of Cherry blossom trees bloom, this is partnered with one of the best Parades in the USA and a Kite Festival.

On a Road trip between Atlanta, Georgia and Washington D.C you will cross through the vibrant Charlotte, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia.

Atlanta to Washington DC Road Trip

Atlanta to Washington DC Road Trip

How far is Washington D.C from Atlanta?

Washington D.C is 639 miles from Atlanta and the drive takes approximately 10 hours without stopping.

What is halfway between Atlanta and Washington DC?

Halfway between Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC is Greensboro, North Carolina which is approximately 12 miles from the exact midpoint.

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Atlanta to Washington D.C Road Trip Itinerary

  1. Atlanta, Georgia 
  2. Charlotte, North Carolina
  3. Richmond, Virginia 
  4. Washington D.C

1. Atlanta

Atlanta is famous for its southern hospitality, musical heritage and also the birth place of the civil rights movement. Atlanta is also home to many other record breaking icons such as the worlds largest Aquarium (home to whale sharks!), the worlds largest Drive in Restaurant and many more.

Atlanta road trip

Atlanta road trip. Source:

Things to Do in Atlanta:

Dive into the Georgia Aquarium

 The Georgia aquarium is the largest Aquarium in the world!It  was designed around a 6.3 million US gallon (24,000 m3) whale shark exhibit, making it the only Aquarium outside of Asia that houses the giant species! It also houses 100,000 other sea creatures in over 10 million US gallons of fresh and salt water! 

Address225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

“I Had a Dream” Of course you couldn’t visit the birthplace of the Civil rights movement without exploring a little about its history. The National Historic Parkis spread over several sights such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was baptized.

World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola is an interactive museum which showcases the history of The Coca-Cola Company, which debuted in Atlanta in 1886. Highlights include, a large Vault which contains the famous recipe, Bottle works,  Coca Cola Polar Bear and even a 4D Theatre!

Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

Coca Cola Vault Secret places

Coca Cola Vault which houses the secret formula of Coca Cola. (Secret Places). Photo by: Documentary Tube.

Where to Eat?

Head to Varsity, the worlds largest Drive in eatery which can hold up to 600 cars.

Varsity worlds largest food drive in

Varsity worlds largest food drive in

2. Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC is a beautiful city known as “the Queen City”. It perfectly marries the vibrancy of a large city with the charm of small town! It’s the birthplace of NASCAR and home to the NASCAR Hall of fame Museum.

Charlotte is also a city known for documenting post civil war history in the south, at the popular, Levine Museum of the New South. Whereas, Uptown Charlotte has a modern Commercial hub.

U.S. National Whitewater Center:

Are you an adventurer?  Then head down to the U.S National Whitewater Center! Here you will find the largest man made whitewater rafting river the perfect place to learn & get that adrenaline boost!

U.S. National Whitewater Center

U.S. National Whitewater Center

NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum:

If your into NASCAR, car racing or just curious about the sport, then this is place for you. The NASCAR Hall of Fame, is a Museum dedicated to the great legends of NASCAR & the sport as a whole

Including Legendary drivers, crew members and even commentators. The facility is laid out over three floors and includes simulators at the end.

NASCAR hall of fame charlotte north Carolina

NASCAR hall of fame charlotte north Carolina

Pit Stop Competition:

The Pit Stop Competition is a real highlight for many, especially for groups. Time yourself & see how fast you can change those tires!

  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Pit Stop Competition
  • Artifacts, trophies & Memorabilia.
  • Replica Cars
  • Driving Simulators
  • High Octane Theatre


After a whirlwind of activity you must be hungry? Head to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Café or the Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant.

How much is it?

General Admission is $25 , seniors $22 and youth between (4-12) is $18.

Is it worth the price?

Absolutely! Although it may seem pricey you do get alot of tire screeching entertainment for your buck. For example, our family entered at 10AM and didn’t leave till 4pm!

Where is it?

400 E Martin Luther King BlvdCharlotte, NC 28202-2343

Want more?

To find out about Charlottes best nightlife spots and annual festivals, check out: Charlotte, North Carolina in 24 Hours

3. Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia is one of the most underrated cities to visit in the USA. Despite it being the capital of Virginia, the southern charm of this city has been americas best kept secret.

Did you know that?

  • Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy during the america civil war.
  • Some of the first English settlers used the beautiful James River to head inland & create modern day America.
  • Edgar Allen Poe found Richmond the inspiration for many of his wildest stories!

Apart from it’s history, Richmond is evolving into a college city with an up & coming culinary & arts scene.

Richmond Virginia

Richmond Virginia. Source: Sky Noir, Flickr.

Things to see in Richmond:

1. Church Hill District

Take a step back in time by heading to the Church Hill District! This is authentic Richmond,  take a walk through the historic streets to St Johns Church, where the famous “Give me liberty or death” speech was performed by Patrick Henry.

For Breakfast, grab a coffee & Croissant from Sub Rosa Bakery , their wood fired bakery will create you a tasty Croissant or pastry to start your day off right!

My family went on a memorable Food Tour in Church Hill…it was incredible! See Viator food Tour for more details. 

Dancing man, Church Hill District Richmond Virginia

Dancing man Statue, Church Hill District Richmond Virginia. Source:

2. Maymont Mansion & Estate

Maymont Mansion is a 100 acre estate, which has been transformed into a wonderland! On a tour you can wander around the grand, marble covered mansion and marvel at it’s opulence.

At the exhibit you can learn about the wealthy Richmond Family & the African american staff who worked for them.  In addition, you explore the historical gardens and they even have a baby goat & other wildlife at the farm, great for families!

Insider Tip: 

During the spring explore the gardens colorful flowers in full bloom!

Maymount Mansion & Estate family guide

Maymount Mansion & Estate. Richmond Virginia

Address: 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA 23220

Tel: (804) 358-7166

3. Henricus Historical Park

Become a pioneer at Henricus Historical Park, a great place for families. Henricus Historical Park recreates 17th Century life and details the Indian site of Arrohateck.

The site also offers, revolutionary War & civil war programs!

4. Edgar Allan Poe Museum

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum contains the most comprehensive list of Edgar Allan Poe artifacts & memorabilia.

Edgar Allan Poe is one of Americans most famous writers, famous for stories such as the “The Tell-tale Heart” and “The Raven”.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum Richmond Virginia 1

Edgar Allan Poe Museum Richmond Virginia. Source:

5. The Virginia Museum of History & Culture

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture, details over 400 years of american history with variety of rotating exhibits. This includes, the story of Virginia, Silver in Virginia, Confederate Memorial image collection and even a database of Virginia slave names!

Address: 428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard Richmond, VA 23221-0311

How to get the most out of Richmond?

I highly recommended taking a city, food or brewery tour. Check our partner Viator HERE for more details. For more on Richmond,

Check out: 24 Hours in Richmond, Virginia

4. Washington D.C

The Capital of the United States and home to many federal buildings & iconic landmarks such as the Whitehouse, Washington Monument and the capitol.

In addition, Washington D.C is also home to many iconic museums, war memorials and performing-arts centres, such as the Kennedy Centre.

The Itinerary below outlines 24-48 hours in Washington D.C

Insider Tip:

There are lots of parking garages close to the iconic landmarks. A good one is at 600 D St NW close to the Newseum. From there you can walk to most of the major landmarks.

Things to see in Washington D.C:

1. The Newseum

This is a really unique Museum, the idea of the museum is to capture the essence of free speech & expression.

It has a newspaper wall which contains headlines from some of the most iconic events in U.S history such as after 9/11.  Other highlights include, pieces of the Berlin wall and remains of the world trade center!

The Newseum Washington DC Road Trip

The Newseum Washington DC Road Trip

Head to Capital Grille

After making headlines, head just across the street to The Capital Grille. Here you can find an array of delicious foods: from steaks to seafood, & soups.

2. Walk down to the National Mall

Next take a stroll down the National Mall, a park which stretches a couple of miles  from the Capital Building on the East to Lincoln Memorial on the west.

3. Martin Luther King Memorial

An historic place, close to the World War 2 Memorial. This wall is dedicated to late Martin Luther King. The civil rights leader who “Had a dream!”

4. Washington Monument – The worlds tallest obelisk! 

Check out the Washington Monument, the worlds tallest obelisk which stands at 555 feet tall!

It was built in 1888 and was the worlds tallest structure before the Eiffel tower was built in 1889. For more info see: 10 Tallest Observation Towers in the USA

Best Fireworks Washington D.C.

The Best Fireworks in Washington, D.C. Img Src: Source: The Biggest & Best Fireworks in the USA

5. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Just a short walk away is the Three Soldiers a Vietnam War memorial. There is also the Memorial Wall which names the soldiers who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam war from 1959.

6. The Lincoln Memorial

Take a walk up the steps to the famous gigantic statue of honest Abe Lincoln. This is an iconic place but it can get really busy during the afternoon!

Insider Tip:

Not many people know but It is possible to arrange a tour of the White House.(Public tour requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress. For more info see )

7. The White House

Home of the President, head to the Iconic Whitehouse. For the best view take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Insider Tip:

If your here during April, you HAVE TO VISIT THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS! These are captivating and offer fairytale beauty. For more info see:

21 Epic Flower/Garden Festivals: U.S.A

Blossom Kite festival Washington D.C

Blossom Kite festival Washington D.C

Where to stay in Washington D.C?

For our full list of recommended places to stay in Washington D.C, follow the link HERE

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