A Florida to Washington, D.C. Road Trip and What You Need to Know

Driving along the East Coast presents travelers with many unique opportunities. Places like New York City and Miami are popular destinations that have an array of cities in between, giving you a chance to map out a fantastic itinerary. We highlight the best stops on a road trip from Florida to Washington, D.C. in this installment of our road trip series! Don’t forget to request our free I-95 Travel Guide that’s full of even more restaurants, attractions, and activities along the way!

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Your Road Trip From Florida to Washington, D.C.

Day 1


The length of your road trip from Florida to Washington, D.C. depends on your starting point in the Sunshine State. If you’re in Miami, we recommend stopping at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral for a fun and educational experience at this incredible complex. Special tours of the actual launch pads across the cape are available for those wanting to get up close and personal with this famed NASA installation.

Next, travel about two hours north to St. Augustine, where you can check into the beautiful Casa Monica before exploring the historic quarters of the city. Exploring Castillo de San Marcos and the architecture of Flagler College are musts during your time here.

Day 2


If you’re beginning your road trip from Florida to Washington, D.C. from North Florida, this will be your first day of the road trip. Regardless of your starting point, head north on I-95 for two hours and 45 minutes to the Savannah, Georgia. This historic town oozes with Southern charm. It’s many squares, cemeteries, and beautiful riverfront make this one of the most unique cities along the East Coast. Taste an array of Southern flavors for lunch at The Olde Pink House and take a tour of St. Bonaventure cemetery before driving into South Carolina.

South Carolina

You’ll travel along I-95 through the Palmetto State for three hours until you reach the quaint town of Latta. This is your final stop of day two of your Florida to Washington, D.C. road trip. Check into our historic and charming Inn where you can indulge in a delicious prix fixe meal (served at 7:30 p.m. every night) before taking a stroll down the quiet streets of downtown. Our oasis gives you the chance to take a deep breath and relax from all of the traffic along I-95. Rest your head in one of our luxuriously appointed guest rooms, where silky sheets, ornate furnishings, and a large, private bathroom await you. Wake up to a complimentary gourmet breakfast before continuing on your way!

Day 3

North Carolina

The only stop in the Tarheel State on your road trip from Florida to D.C. is in the city of Fayetteville. Here you’ll find the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. This fascinating collection of exhibits highlights a variety of missions from the D-Day invasion to the Gulf War.  

It’s only an hour from Abingdon Manor, so most of this day consists of driving.


Whether you want to stop in Richmond on your way from Florida to Washington, D.C. depends on if you need to stretch your legs. I-95 snakes right through downtown so you can quickly exit and go for a walk on Belle Isle on the scenic James River. Or, you can drive through Richmond and stop outside of Fredericksburg at Spotsylvania National Military Park for a taste of Civil War history. Either way, you’re within a couple of hours of D.C. so you can drive through to beat the traffic around the city.

All in all, the total drive time on your road trip from Florida to Washington, D.C., calculated if you’re driving from Miami, is a little over 17 hours. Here is the link to the route itinerary with every stop that we highlighted in our guide. Safe travels to everyone!

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