15 Road Trip Games and Activities for an Unforgettable Journey!

15 road trip games and activities

Are you gearing up for an epic road trip? If you have driven through the endless Midwest of the United States surrounded by fields of corn for hours, you know road trip games are needed to pass the time. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, long hours in the car can be made infinitely more enjoyable with the right car games and activities. From classic favorites to creative twists, here are some of the best road trip games guaranteed to make your journey unforgettable.

If you need some great road trip ideas, you can find 10 of the best family road trips from Travel & Leisure here!

Road Trip Games

1. 20 Questions

Description: 20 Questions is a timeless game where one person thinks of an object, and others have 20 yes/no questions to guess what it is. It’s perfect for stimulating everyone’s minds and sparking lively discussions. My advice is to try not to get too personal though, the funnier questions the better!

2. License Plate Game

Description: Challenge yourselves to spot license plates from as many different states or countries as possible. Keep track of your finds and see who can spot the most and who finds the rarest one first!

3. I Spy

Description: Probably the most classic of all road trip games. “I spy with my little eye, something…” This game involves one person choosing an object within sight and giving the color, and then others guessing what it is. It’s great for observation skills and keeping everyone engaged. I swear children could literally play this for hours on end!

4. Car Bingo

Description: Prepare bingo cards featuring common roadside objects or landmarks. As you spot each one during the trip, mark it off on your card. You can go generic and pick some things are seen on most trips or tailor the game to the exact route you are taking. The first to get bingo wins!

5. Name That Tune

Description: Hum or play a snippet of a song; challenge others to guess the title or artist. This game is perfect for music lovers and a great way to discover each other’s musical tastes.

6. Alphabet Categories

Description: Choose a category (like animals, cities, or foods) and take turns naming items in alphabetical order. It’s trickier than it sounds and a fantastic brain teaser for all ages.

7. Storytelling Game

Description: Create a collaborative story where each person contributes a sentence. Watch as your tale unfolds in unexpected and hilarious ways, showcasing everyone’s creativity. See how far you can take it!

8. 20 Questions Music Edition

Description: Put a musical twist on the classic 20 Questions game by guessing the name of a song or artist within 20 questions. It’s a fantastic way to test your music knowledge and discover new tunes.

9. Road Trip Trivia

Description: Prepare trivia questions ahead of time or use a trivia app to challenge each other on various topics. We used to have a stack of old Trivial Pursuit cards in the glovebox for these situations. From history to pop culture, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

10. Word Association

Description: Start with a word and have the next person quickly respond with the first word that comes to mind. Keep the chain going and see where your spontaneous associations lead you!

11. Movie/TV Show Game

Description: Test your knowledge of movies and TV shows by naming actors or characters in turns. It’s a fantastic way to reminisce about favorite films and shows throughout your journey.

12. Destination Riddle

Description: Describe a place you’ve visited without revealing its name; challenge others to guess where it is based on your clues. It’s a fun way to share travel memories and test geography knowledge.

13. Name That Flag

Description: Identify countries based on their flags. This game is educational and perfect for learning about different countries’ symbols and cultures!

14. Who Am I?

Description: Write down the name of a famous person and stick it on someone else’s forehead. Through yes/no questions, guess who you are. It’s a hilarious game that never fails to entertain.

15. Color Car Game

Description: Choose a color, count how many cars of that color you spot within a set time frame. It’s a simple yet engaging game that keeps everyone on the lookout during the journey.

16. Rainbow Car Game

Description: Staring with red, find cars in sequential order of the rainbow using ROY G BIV. Call out the color whenever you see the car and don’t go out of turn. It’s a simple yet engaging game that keeps everyone on the lookout during the journey.

17. The Quiet Game

Description: A favorite of parents! After hours of playing talkative games, it may be time to give the driver a break and settle down for a bit. Everyone try and be as quiet for as long as possible. First person to speak loses.

Road Trip Activities

Since we have already listed 16 games that involve chatting, here are a few fun ideas to keep busy while recharging the vocal batteries. Put on some music and let the little ones go to work on some of these:

  • Coloring Books, Brain Games, & Puzzles
  • Create a bucket list of things to do on vacation
  • Have them journal or diary daily
  • Write a story or comic
  • Read a new book and reward them if they can finish
  • Check our our list of Board Games for Kids

If you happen to be road tripping to camp, our posts about camping below are a must read:

25+ Camping Games For Adults & Kids That Are Super Fun!

17 Must-Try Camping Activities For Adults Ultimate Guide


These road trip games are not only entertaining but also foster bonding and create lasting memories. Whether you’re embarking on a cross-country adventure or a weekend getaway, these activities will make the journey as enjoyable as the destination. Next time you hit the road, pack these games along and watch the miles fly by!

Ready to make your next road trip unforgettable? Try out these road trip games and let the fun begin!

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