30 Best Road Trip Games That Will Make Your Drive Go By in No Time

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Road trip games are one of the easiest ways to make the miles fly by in the blink of an eye, and if you used to take road trips when you were little, you likely have several car games that you still love today. Perhaps you’re heading out with your whole family in tow or going somewhere fun with a group of gals or your main squeeze (talk about a cute summer date idea !). No matter what type of trip you’re taking, road trip games are a must. The nice thing about road trip games is that they don’t require a ton of items to bring along—just your brains, a few rules to follow, and plenty of giggles. If you’d like to tuck away those smartphones and kick it old-school, turn to these 30 boredom-busting road trip games.

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Just one round of the map game is enough to keep the crew busy. Have the driver think of a a few specific locations on a map. Afterward, the driver gives the non-driving passengers hints to what the location is by describing other points on the map near it. The participating passengers then stick a pin into the location they think is right and the driver confirms the accuracy of the pins at the end of the drive.

Guess Who Said It

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This one is simple, but oh-so fun! One person will look up quotes from famous speeches and/or lines from popular movies and songs. This person then recites the chosen quote, and the other participating members must guess who said it. For example, the one who chose the quote could say this notorious line from The Hunger Games : "I volunteer as tribute!" If the players guessed "Katniss Everdeen / Jennifer Lawrence from The Hunger Games, " they would get a point!

Who's Most Likely to...?

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Each person in the car takes turns proposing different questions in the style of "who in this car is most likely to do XYZ?" The blank is filled in with a random scenario. Then, the group takes turns offering their opinion on who they think in the car would be the most likely to do the proposed action. This one is fun, and you'll really get to know what your family and friends think of you!

Guess the Time

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This one works if your road trip is especially long. Take a look at your route, and jot down a list of cities and towns you're sure to pass through along the way. Then, have everyone guess the specific times they think they'll drive through each city. The player who is closest each time wins!

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A game of Mad Libs is more than likely to solicit some laughter. You'll need a printable that has a wacky story written out with some blanks in between sentences that call for nouns and verbs of the crew's choice. Once those blanks are filled out, read it aloud for a hilarious personalized story!


While You Were Sleeping

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It’s not just a favorite movie from the ‘90s! For this game, one person will be asleep (which happens pretty frequently on road trips). Once they’re asleep for at least five minutes, the ones who are awake will start making up a story, and each person will take turns adding to that story. After the person wakes up, the group’s job is to make them believe that it’s a true story. If someone starts giggling, they’ll lose a point. But if each one tricks the sleeper into believing the story, every person gets three points.

The Singing Game

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This is for the family and pals who love to bust out a tune! One person in the car will start singing a song. The next person will pick up a lyric from that song and will link it up with another song (i.e. “Should I stay or should I go…” can link to “…your own way, go your own way.”) The words can connect to one another going round and round until someone can’t think of a new lyric or sings the incorrect words.

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This might be one of the most classic car games of all time. You know the rules: someone in the car will spot something by the road and say, “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” and then will give a hint, whether it’s a color or general direction. The other players will ask questions until someone discovers what it is.

20 Questions

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One person will choose a noun (a person, place, or thing) and the other players will get 20 questions to find out what it is. Simple and fun!

License Plate Game

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A game that’s always a favorite! The aim of this game is to spy all 50 states on license plates throughout your journey. You can keep track on a piece of paper, a phone, or you can use a board with markers for each state.


Scavenger Hunt

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Similar to “I Spy,” a road trip scavenger hunt involves bringing along a list of items that are typically seen along the road. Your pals or little ones will spot the items, like stop signs or blue cars, and check them off the list. The first one to check them all off wins.

Two Truths and a Lie

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For this, one player will make three statements, and one of them will be false. The other players will try to guess which one is the untrue one. It’s a great way to discover new things about a friend or family member!

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This game is great for older kids and adults. Focusing on compound words, each person will link to the previous word and keep going around until someone can’t come up with anything. For example, notebook, bookstore, store-bought, etc.

Never Have I Ever

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Each player will start a statement by saying, “Never have I ever…” Then they’ll finish the statement by saying something like, “Fallen asleep in class,” or “Flown on an airplane.” The rest of the crew has to decide if it’s a true statement or not.

Road Trip Bingo

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It’s just like the bingo you play at home, except this game has a road-trip spin. Bring along some bingo cards (you can even purchase ones that are road trip-themed) and look for all the items on the board. The first one to get BINGO wins!


The Name Game

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This game is all about naming as many “names” as you can, but you’ll each only have three seconds to answer! There are lots of ways to play: focus on first letters, go with last names only, etc. Or change the category to dog breeds, books, types of flowers, or anything else you can come up with.

Story Starter

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Here’s a classic game. One person will start a story but won’t finish the sentence. The next player will finish that sentence, but won’t finish it, and so on. By the end, you’ll probably have a pretty funny story going!

Alphabet Game

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This is a game to play when you know there will be a lot of signs and billboards along the way. Starting with “A” and so on, players will find words on the route that start with each letter of the alphabet. You can play with the letters in order, or you can cross them off as you see them.

The Grocery Game

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The first player will come up with an item they would buy at the grocery store. Without telling anyone, the rest of the car will take turns asking questions to discover what it is. Is it red? Can it be found in the produce department? It’s an apple!

Name That Tune

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This one goes out to the music lovers out there! For this game, someone will start playing music on the radio or on a smartphone. In only five seconds, you have to guess what song it is. The first person to answer gets a point!


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15 Ridiculously Fun Road Trip Games for Two People

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Are you looking for a new game to play with your road trip partner? If so, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you are a couple, family, or friends, we’ve devised a list of games to make your time in the car as fun as the destination. 

These games will provide hours of entertainment and laughter between two people traveling together. And we promise once you try them out, they’ll become part of your go-to list whenever you hit the road again! 

And we even found a way to add another “person” to your road trip game fun. ChatGPT ! You can use AI to help you create and play games by allowing you to play with your travel partner. For example, you can play trivia together instead of one person asking the other the question. It’s great for more collaborative play.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into 15 road trip games for two!

21 Questions

Let’s start with the all-time classic of road trip games for two people. 

21 Questions is an iconic game that has lasted for a reason. It’s fun, the rules are easy to pick up, and you can tailor the game to match everyone’s personality. 

The game starts with one player thinking of a person, place, or thing in their mind. The other player then has 21 “yes or no” questions to guess what the first player thinks.

Every question needs to have a yes or no answer. 

If you’re trying to guess what someone else is thinking, it helps to start with broad questions that slowly narrow down to get it right. 

You win the round if you can guess the other person’s thoughts within 21 questions. If you’re feeling a little extra competitive, you can assign points based on how many remaining questions you have before getting the correct answer.

21 Questions using ChatGPT

If you and your travel companion want to play 21 Questions together, you can use ChatGPT to “think” of the object and then ask it questions. It’s fun, and I use the microphone function on my keyboard, so I don’t have to type the questions in.

Phone screen shot of playing 21 Questions using ChatGPT

Six Degrees of Separation

Here’s another road trip classic for two players.

Six Degrees of Separation got a second wind when it became an iconic meme in the early days of the internet known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. 

The point of the game is straightforward. One player names two actors, and the other must connect them in six degrees of separation or less.

Here’s a classic example using Kevin Bacon.

“Kevin Bacon and William Shatner.”

William Shatner was in  Festival in Cannes  with Maximilian Schell, who starred in  Telling Lies in America  with Kevin Bacon.

This game does not have to be played with only actors. For example, you could do any person. For example, Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of Pearl Jam, and Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States.

Six Degrees of Separation Using ChatGPT

Using ChatGPT for this game is fun. You can try your best to pick the most obscure pair of people and see if ChatGPT can connect them, or you can use ChatGPT to come up with the two people you need to connect. I like the later version.

If ChatGPT isn’t getting it right, try explaining the game’s rules and giving it more concrete instructions like I do in the screenshots.

Phone screen shot of playing Six Degrees of Separation with ChatGPT

Fictional Road Trip Families

One of the most fun things about a road trip is the people you will meet. 

However, some people you “meet” drive past you on the road at 60 miles an hour. While you don’t get enough time to meet them properly, that doesn’t mean you can’t tell a fun story about their lives.

The next time an interesting-looking car drives past you, you can collaborate on a fictional story about the family inside that vehicle. Take turns adding story elements and see where it will lead you.

The Movie Game

Here is another one for film buffs.

This game starts with one person naming a movie and the other person naming an actor who starred in that film. The person who picks the movie then names another actor from that movie and a different movie that the actor starred in. The second player then repeats the process, and the play continues until no one can name a new movie.

For a twist on this game, players can go back and forth naming actors, writers, directors, and production staff on movies until they cannot name anyone else involved with a given film.

Human Jukebox

Here’s a game for the musically inclined pair on a road trip.

Human Jukebox starts with one player singing a line from a song. Then, the other player uses the last line’s final word to connect the song.

Here’s an example:

Player 1 starts with a line from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody: “So you think you can stop me and spit in my eye. So you think you can love me and leave me to die. Oh, baby, can’t do this to me,  baby .”

Player 2 connects it with Britney Spears’s classic “… Baby  One More Time.” When I’m not with you, I lose my mind. Give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.”

And the song goes on!

Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie is more than a fun game. It’s a great way to get to know your travel companion.

Here’s how the game works:

Name two truths about yourself and one lie. For example, you could say, “I used to have blue hair, I once designed a video game, and my aunt is a world record holder for women’s rodeo.” 

Your traveling companion will then have to guess which is the truth. The fun part is that you can make your truth and lies as straightforward or as challenging to guess as you’d like. 

This game is a fun way to explore your traveling companion’s history and discover unique and fun details about their life.

Name That Song: Radio Edition

Name That Song is a classic of road trip games for two. 

The usual way of playing this has one player singing a line from a song and the other player guessing the song’s name. 

However, you can play this game another way using local radio stations.

Turn on your radio and start scanning for random stations. Once you hear some music playing, the other player has to guess the name of the song and the artist before the song ends. You can take turns playing and score points based on who can get the correct answers.

This way of playing is fun because it allows you to discover the area’s radio stations.

Fortunately Unfortunately

Fortunately Unfortunately is a game that can get weird pretty quickly. Therefore, it’s a great game if someone in the car has their crabby pants on. 

It starts with one player saying something that starts with “fortunately: that’s positive, and then the next player saying something negative about that same event starting with “unfortunately.”

“Fortunately, we got time off work for this road trip.”

“Unfortunately, your boss got replaced by a zombie.”

“Fortunately, all those George Romero movies I watch have prepared me for this day.”

Continue this back and forth until you are ready to move on to the next game. 

The Road Trip Memory Game

Here’s a fun game to test your memory skills.

The game starts with the first player saying, “I’m going on a road trip, and I’m bringing…” 

They can name any person, place, or thing they want to bring on this road trip. Let’s say they said, “My guitar.”

The next player continues the game by saying, “I’m going on a road trip, and I’m bringing my guitar and…” and adding their own item.

The game continues until someone starts forgetting items on the list. Consider this game a safe way to forget what you must bring on your next road trip!

Radio Roulette

Radio Roulette can either be an exciting way to find new music you love or a challenging endurance test.

You only need to turn on the local radio stations and randomly pick one. You have to keep this station on for an unbroken 10 minutes to complete a round of the game. After 10 minutes, you switch to the next radio station and keep playing.

You might find yourself in love with some local Polka you would have never thought to listen to. Or you might be battling through 10 minutes of local talk radio.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

In the mood to win $1,000,000? There might not be a stack of hundreds on the table, but you can have fun playing along.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire app is a great way to play a game with just two players on your next ride. One player hosts this iconic game show while the other gets to be in the hot seat with a shot at a cool million dollars.

And if you like these app-based road trip games , plenty of others are in your app store.

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire Using ChatGPT

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is a trivia game, so it’s easily played with ChatGPT.

Phone screen shot of playing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with ChatGPT

Did You Hear That?

No, this game isn’t about that strange noise from the engine. It’s a fun game that tests how up-to-date you and your travel companion are on current events.

This game can be about emerging events in the news, the latest updates from your favorite bands, or any other current events topic that the two of you are into.

To start this game, ask your travel companion, “Did you hear that X?” and replace the “X” with whatever current event you want to quiz them on. 

Here’s the twist: the current event you just discussed doesn’t have to be accurate.

You’re trying to trick your travel companion into thinking that whatever you’re talking about really happened.

If you trick them, you win the round.

Cuisine Quest

Traveling throughout the country, you’ll see sights that might seem strange. 

Local cuisine is one of the most exciting things that change as you move to the country.

Next time you two stop at a gas station, you must purchase an item you’ve never had. The goal is to be the one who discovers the most unique local snacks on your road trip!

Bad Film Plots

Usually, when you play a game, you want to do everything right. However, Bad Film Plots has you intentionally doing everything wrong.

The goal of this game is to explain the plot of a movie as badly but as accurately as you possibly can. The other player must guess the film you’re talking about correctly.

Let’s say you wanted to explain the plot of Terminator II: Judgement Day badly. You could say: “A down-on-her-luck working single mother makes an unlikely friendship as her son discovers a father figure.” 

That might be a little tricky, but that’s the whole point of the game. 

Local Trivia Night

One of the most significant advantages you have when taking road trips today is that you’ve got the whole internet by your side while on the road.

Use that to your advantage and do a local trivia game while traveling. 

One player gets to be the trivia master, asking questions about the state you’re driving through, and the other person is in the hot seat, attempting to come up with clever answers.

Trivia with ChatGPT

Trivia is probably the easiest road trip game for ChatGPT to help out with. Tell it what subject you want trivia questions for, and it will spit out some questions you and your travel companion can answer.

Phone screenshot of playing trivia with ChatGPT

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300+ Fun Road Trip Games to Play in the Car for Adults and Kids

Fun Games to play in the car

Intro – Road Trip Games to Play

Are we there yet?! The dreaded question that inevitably comes up during any long car ride. But fear not, fellow road trip warriors, for I bring you a solution to keep boredom at bay and make the journey just as exciting as the final destination! Introducing our ultimate list of 300+ road trip games for adults and kids to play in the car. Gone are the days of mindlessly staring out the window or endlessly scrolling through social media. With these games, you’ll be laughing, bonding, and maybe even learning a thing or two along the way.

From classic favorites like “I Spy” and car scavenger hunts, to interactive challenges like “21 Questions” and “Name That Tune,” there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

So buckle up, pack your sense of humor, and get ready to make memories that’ll last long after the car ride is over. Let the fun road trip games begin!

It may seem obvious, but it’s been well analyzed that distracted drivers can result in serious accidents. So it’s important that you only play these games if they are not distracting the driver. For more information about distractions take a look at this useful NHTSA summary .

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What are some classic road trip games that can keep everyone entertained?

Road trips are incomplete without classic road trip games that make the journey more fun. Road Trip Bingo involves spotting specific items or shapes along the road and marking them off a bingo card. It’s a fantastic way to pass the time and keep everyone engaged. Another great game is 20 Questions, where one player thinks of an object, and others have 20 questions to guess what it is.

As you hit the road, the License Plate Game is a must-try. Players aim to spot license plates from different states and mark them off a list. It’s exciting to see who finds the most plates during the trip!

Road Trip Bingo

Road Trip Bingo is a staple game during car rides, especially for families with kids. It keeps everyone on the lookout for specific items or landmarks, adding a competitive yet enjoyable element to the journey. This game is not only entertaining but also enhances observation skills as players scan their surroundings for bingo items.

Players can create their bingo boards with various road trip-related images to make the game more personalized and engaging. Whether it’s a red car, a rest area sign, or a cow in a field, the diversity of items keeps players entertained throughout the trip.

20 Questions

20 Questions is a mentally stimulating game that challenges players to think creatively and strategically. It encourages participants to ask well-thought-out questions to narrow down the possibilities and make an accurate guess. What makes this game exciting is the diversity of objects that can be chosen, ranging from everyday items to abstract concepts.

This game sparks lively discussions and fosters critical thinking skills, making it an ideal choice for long road trips where mental engagement is crucial. With each round revealing new insights about the players’ deductive abilities, 20 Questions promises endless entertainment for all ages.

License Plate Game

The License Plate Game is a classic road trip favorite that adds an element of competition to the journey. Players can create their unique rules, such as assigning points based on the rarity of each state’s license plate. This game not only entertains but also educates players about different states and their unique designs.

As players eagerly scan passing vehicles for elusive plates, the excitement builds, creating a lively atmosphere in the car. The License Plate Game turns mundane drives into exhilarating adventures, making it a must-play for road trips with friends and family.

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How to play popular car games that are perfect for long rides?

Long car rides call for engaging car games that make the journey more enjoyable for everyone. The Alphabet Game is a simple yet entertaining choice where players find words starting with each letter of the alphabet in order. This game tests memory and quick thinking skills, keeping players alert throughout the ride.

For a nostalgic twist, the Memory Game challenges players to recall and repeat a growing list of items in the correct order. This game is not only fun but also exercises memory and concentration, making it ideal for long stretches on the road.

Alphabet Game

The Alphabet Game is a versatile choice for car rides, allowing players to explore their surroundings and think creatively. From road signs to passing vehicles, players can spot words beginning with each letter of the alphabet, adding variety to the gameplay. This game is not only entertaining but also educational, as players discover new words and objects along the way.

Players can set themed variations of the Alphabet Game, such as finding names of animals or cities, to tailor the gameplay to their interests. With each player contributing unique findings, the Alphabet Game creates a dynamic and interactive experience for all passengers, proving it’s among the best road trip games.

Memory Game

The Memory Game is a classic choice for car rides, engaging players of all ages in a challenging yet entertaining activity. As players take turns adding items to the list, the pressure to remember and repeat them correctly grows, creating an exciting gameplay dynamic. This game encourages focus and concentration, making it an excellent choice for lengthy car journeys where mental engagement is key.

Players can customize the difficulty level of the Memory Game by increasing the number of items to remember or setting time limits for recalling the list. Whether played competitively or cooperatively, the Memory Game promises hours of entertainment and mental stimulation for everyone in the car.

Scavenger Hunt

A Scavenger Hunt is a fantastic way to make long car rides more interactive and entertaining for everyone on board. Players can create a list of items to find along the road, such as specific road signs or unique vehicles, and compete to be the first to spot them. This game promotes teamwork and friendly competition, adding excitement to the journey.

Players can set time limits or point systems to enhance the challenge of the Scavenger Hunt, motivating participants to stay alert and observant throughout the trip. With surprises waiting to be discovered around every corner, the Scavenger Hunt transforms mundane car rides into thrilling adventures for passengers of all ages.

What are some fun and interactive games for the whole family during a road trip?

Road trips are the perfect opportunity for families to bond and have fun together. Would You Rather is a game that sparks hilarious discussions by presenting players with challenging dilemmas to choose between. It’s a great way to get to know each other better and share laughs along the way.

Next Person is a game where players take turns continuing a story one sentence at a time. This creative game encourages imagination and storytelling skills while keeping passengers engaged and entertained throughout the journey.

Would You Rather

Would You Rather is a lighthearted game that prompts players to make challenging decisions between two equally amusing or absurd options. It sparks lively debates and reveals unexpected preferences among players, leading to hilarious and memorable moments on the road. This game encourages creativity and humor, making it a favorite choice for family road trips.

Players can take turns presenting imaginative scenarios to keep the game engaging and unpredictable. From quirky dilemmas to thought-provoking choices, Would You Rather is a versatile game that guarantees laughter and entertainment for the whole family during long car rides.

Next Person

Next Person is a collaborative storytelling game that challenges players to build a cohesive narrative one sentence at a time. This game fosters creativity and cooperation among participants, encouraging them to listen and contribute to the evolving story. With each player adding a unique twist, the story unfolds in unexpected and humorous ways, keeping everyone entertained.

Players can introduce plot twists, quirky characters, and imaginative settings to make the story more engaging and entertaining. The collaborative nature of Next Person promotes teamwork and communication skills, making it an excellent choice for families looking to share creative adventures during road trips.

Next Road is a game that adds an element of surprise and anticipation to long car rides. Players take turns predicting the sights or events they will encounter after the next turn or along the upcoming road. This game encourages players to observe their surroundings and make creative guesses, sparking engaging conversations and enhancing the journey experience.

From imagining quirky roadside attractions to predicting the weather conditions ahead, Next Road keeps passengers entertained and involved in the journey. The game facilitates discussions about travel plans and destinations, making it a fun and interactive way to pass the time during family road trips.

How can you keep kids engaged and entertained during a road trip?

Keeping kids entertained during a road trip is essential for a smooth and enjoyable journey. Spy with My Little Eye is a game where one player secretly chooses an object within sight, and others have to guess what it is by asking yes-or-no questions. This game not only entertains but also sharpens children’s observational and deductive skills.

Take Turns Asking is a game where kids get to ask each other questions about anything, from favorite foods to dream vacation spots. This game fosters communication and bonding among siblings or friends in the car, creating a cheerful and engaging atmosphere.

Spy with My Little Eye

Spy with My Little Eye is a captivating game that challenges kids’ observation skills and deductive reasoning. By selecting items within the car or along the road, the designated spy prompts other players to think creatively and ask strategic questions to uncover the hidden object. This game not only entertains but also promotes cognitive development and critical thinking in young players.

Players can take turns being the spy, adding variety and excitement to the game as new objects are chosen for guessing. Spy with My Little Eye encourages active participation and engagement from all players, making it a must-have for keeping kids entertained and mentally stimulated during long road trips.

Take Turns Asking

Take Turns Asking is a simple yet effective game that encourages kids to express themselves and learn more about their fellow passengers. By taking turns asking questions and sharing answers, children bond and develop social skills while enjoying lighthearted conversations. This game fosters a sense of camaraderie and creates lasting memories for kids on the road.

Players can tailor the questions to suit the interests and preferences of everyone in the car, ensuring that the game remains engaging and enjoyable for all participants. Whether discussing favorite activities or imaginary adventures, Take Turns Asking sparks creativity and laughter, making it a wonderful addition to any family road trip.

Classic Road Trip Game

The Classic Road Trip Game is a timeless favorite that brings joy and excitement to kids of all ages. With simple rules and easy gameplay, this game involves spotting common objects or landmarks along the road and calling them out to earn points. The thrill of being the first to identify a designated item makes this game a hit among youngsters, turning the car ride into a spirited competition.

Players can customize the list of items to find based on the surroundings or create themed variations to add variety to the gameplay. The Classic Road Trip Game sparks enthusiasm and energy in the car, keeping kids engaged and entertained for hours on end. It’s a go-to choice for family road trips seeking simple yet enjoyable entertainment options.

What are the best games to play in the car that are suitable for different age groups?

Choosing the right games for respective age groups ensures that everyone in the car stays entertained and engaged throughout the journey. Games for Kids are specifically designed to cater to the interests and cognitive abilities of young passengers, offering simple and interactive gameplay that fosters creativity and learning.

Older Kids may enjoy more challenging and strategic games that test their observation, memory, and critical thinking skills. These games are designed to keep older children mentally stimulated and entertained during long car rides, offering a mix of fun and educational experiences.

For Younger Kids, games that focus on colors, shapes, and simple concepts are ideal for keeping them entertained and engaged in the car. These games nurture early learning skills and encourage active participation, ensuring that younger passengers have a delightful and enriching road trip experience.

Road trip games to play for Kids

Games for Kids are tailored to the interests and developmental stages of young passengers, offering engaging and interactive experiences that stimulate creativity and imagination. From color recognition to storytelling games, these activities provide children with opportunities to learn and have fun in a car-friendly setting. Games for Kids ensure that little passengers stay entertained and happy throughout the journey.

Players of Games for Kids can explore a variety of themed games, such as animal guessing games or alphabet challenges, to cater to different interests and preferences. With vibrant visuals and simple rules, these games create a cheerful and educational atmosphere in the car, making them ideal companions for young travelers on road trips.

Fun road trip games for older Kids

Older Kids can enjoy a range of challenging and thought-provoking games that keep them engaged and entertained during long car rides. From word puzzles to trivia quizzes, these games test cognitive abilities and knowledge, providing stimulating experiences for older children on the road. Older Kids benefit from games that offer a balance of fun and mental stimulation, ensuring an enriching and enjoyable journey.

Players can compete individually or in teams to solve puzzles and answer questions, fostering a sense of friendly competition and cooperation among passengers. With an array of games designed to appeal to older kids, the car ride becomes a dynamic and engaging environment that promotes learning and entertainment throughout the trip.

Younger Kids

Younger Kids thrive on games that emphasize colors, shapes, and basic concepts, engaging their curiosity and creativity during car rides. Simple matching games, counting exercises, and storytelling activities are perfect for younger passengers, offering playful and educational experiences that cater to their developmental needs. Younger Kids delight in interactive games that promote learning and skill development while keeping them entertained in the car.

Players can introduce interactive elements like singing, clapping, or acting out prompts to enhance the engagement and enjoyment of younger kids during the games. By incorporating familiar themes and activities, Younger Kids stay focused and entertained throughout the journey, creating a positive and enriching road trip experience for the entire family.

119 Fun Road Trip Games for Kids

Jump into this big list of 119 car games for kids all about making the most of the ride with creativity, learning, and fun stuff to see, hear or even smell. It’s all the cool things they can do without needing anything fancy.

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Top 20 Best Road Trip Games for Kids

Here is my absolute top 20 great game to play on a road trip with the kids, but don’t stop there, make sure you look at the other sections for inspiration and laughs!

A classic observation game where one person describes an object they can see, and others guess what it is. 

Instructions Choose an object you see and give a descriptive clue without naming it. 

Example “I spy something green.”

Players think of an object, and the others have up to 20 questions to guess what it is. 

Instructions One player thinks of an object, and the others ask yes/no questions to guess it. 

Example Is it bigger than a breadbox? Is it alive?

License Plate Bingo

Create bingo cards with different categories like states, colors, or numbers, and spot license plates that match. 

Instructions Make or print bingo cards with various license plate criteria. Spot them to win. 

Example A card might have “A blue plate,” “Out of state plate,” or “Plate with number 7.”

Find objects outside the car that start with each letter of the alphabet, in order. 

Instructions Spot and call out objects seen outside that start with each letter of the alphabet. 

Example “A is for Airplane, B is for Bridge…”

Story Round-Robin

One person starts a story, and each passenger adds a sentence or two, building a tale together. 

Instructions Start a story with one sentence. Each person adds on to create a continuous narrative. 

Example “Once upon a time, a cat found a magic collar…”

Name That Tune

Hum or describe a song without saying its title for others to guess. 

Instructions Hum the melody or describe the song’s theme without using its title or lyrics. 

Example “This song is about dancing in the dark.”

Guess the Artist

When a song plays on the radio, the first person to identify the artist wins a point. 

Instructions Listen to the song on the radio, and be the first to correctly name the artist. 

Example “That’s ‘Shape of You’ by Ed Sheeran!”

Finish the Lyric

Play a song and pause it, challenging passengers to finish the lyrics correctly. 

Instructions Pause a song at a certain point. Others must continue the lyrics from where it stopped. 

Example “Despacito, quiero respirar tu cuello despacito…” – participants continue the lyrics.


A simple and quick game that can be played on paper or with a reusable board. 

Instructions Draw a grid and take turns marking Xs and Os in an attempt to get three in a row. 

Example Player 1 chooses X and places it in the center. Player 2 places O in the top left corner.

A word game where players guess letters to fill in the blanks of a hidden word before the drawing of a hangman is completed. 

Instructions One player thinks of a word and draws blanks for each letter. Others guess letters. 

Example Word is “CAMPFIRE,” so draw 8 blanks. Players guess letters until the word is revealed or the hangman is drawn.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament

A fun way to make decisions or just for a quick game, with a tournament twist for more players. 

Instructions Players pair off to play Rock, Paper, Scissors. Winners advance until a champion is crowned. 

Example If there are 8 players, it takes 3 rounds to determine a winner.

Word Association

A player says a word, and the next person has to say a word related to it, keeping the chain going. 

Instructions Start with any word. The next person says a word that is associated with the previous word. 

Example “Water” might lead to “Ocean,” then to “Fish,” and so on.

The License Plate Decoder

Invent a backstory or meaning for the letters and numbers on a license plate you see. 

Instructions Choose a license plate and create a funny or interesting story based on its letters and numbers. 

Example For “LUV 123,” “Lions Under Volcanoes, 123 of them.”

Map Reading Race

Give kids maps and have them track the journey, learning to read key map symbols and distances. 

Instructions Provide a map and have kids follow along, marking landmarks as they pass. 

Example Mark the starting point, and each child tracks the route, identifying major roads and landmarks.

Pictionary Telephone

A combination of drawing and guessing where each person’s interpretation is passed down the line to see how it evolves. 

Instructions The first person draws something based on a word, and each subsequent person guesses the word and redraws based on their guess. 

Example The word “Dog” starts and might end up interpreted as “Wolf” after several turns.

Musical Geography

Identify songs that mention cities, states, or countries and discuss them. 

Instructions When a location is mentioned in a song, shout it out and talk about the place. 

Example “New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of,” from “Empire State of Mind.”

Spot the Difference

Players find differences between two seemingly identical pictures prepared beforehand. 

Instructions Look at two similar pictures and find all the differences between them. 

Example One picture has a dog with a collar, and the other picture’s dog does not have a collar.

Pose two scenarios and have each passenger choose which one they would prefer, with explanations for their choices. 

Instructions Present two options and discuss which one each person would choose and why. 

Example “Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?”

Two Truths and a Lie

Each person shares three statements about themselves, two truths and one lie, while others guess the lie. 

Instructions Think of two true facts and one false fact about yourself. Others guess which one is the lie. 

Example “I’ve been skydiving, I’ve met a celebrity, and I’ve never been out of the country.” (If you’ve never met a celebrity, that’s the lie.)

A classic game of commands where players must only follow instructions that begin with “Simon says.” 

Instructions One person is Simon and gives commands. If Simon says “Simon says jump,” everyone jumps. If Simon just says “jump,” those who jump are out.  Example “Simon says touch your toes,” followed by “Jump up.” Only follow the first command.

That’s my top picks for Kids, keep reading for a huge number more of great games.

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Car Games for Kids – Storytelling

Embark on a journey of imagination and storytelling with these engaging activities. Perfect for young minds eager to explore, create, and invent, these games offer endless opportunities for adventure and creativity.

Once Upon a Time

Use classic story starters to inspire new tales. Children can draw cards with characters, settings, or objects to include in their stories.

Roll dice with pictures on them to determine elements of the story, such as characters, settings, and actions.

Finish the Story

Start a story and have each child add a sentence or two, taking turns to build on the narrative.

Magical World

Create stories set in magical or fantasy worlds with mythical creatures and enchanted objects.

Time Travel Adventures

Invent stories that involve traveling to different historical periods or to the future.

Superhero Sagas

Kids create their own superhero characters, including their powers, origins, and adventures.

Mystery Tales

Develop a mystery for characters to solve, including clues, suspects, and a surprising resolution.

Space Odyssey

Set stories in outer space, involving aliens, space travel, and distant planets.

Fairy Tale Reimagining

Take classic fairy tales and twist them with new perspectives or unexpected endings.

Animal Antics

Stories where animals are the main characters, possibly with human-like qualities or abilities.

Pirate Adventures

Tales of treasure hunts, sea monsters, and pirate ships on the high seas.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Explore underground worlds, ancient civilizations, or fantastic landscapes below the surface.

Island Survival

Characters must survive and solve mysteries on a deserted or mysterious island.

Haunted Tales

Spooky but not too scary stories involving ghosts, haunted houses, or supernatural events.

Secret Agent Missions

Stories of espionage, secret gadgets, and undercover operations.

Lost Civilization

Discover an ancient or lost civilization, with stories about their culture, technology, and downfall.

Parallel Universe

Characters find themselves in a parallel universe where things are familiar yet distinctly different.


Tales of heroes fighting to protect the environment or save endangered species.

Characters embark on a quest to find a magical object, solve an ancient riddle, or rescue someone in distress.

Invent a Planet

Kids create a story about discovering a new planet, including its environment, inhabitants, and cultures.

These storytelling prompts are designed to unleash the creative potential within every child, guiding them through worlds of their own making.

Observation road trip games to play

Explore the world around you with these fun and engaging observation and memory games. Perfect for enhancing children’s attention to detail, these activities are great for both indoor and outdoor play, encouraging curiosity and exploration.

A classic game where one person describes an object they can see, and others guess what it is using the clue.

Create a list of items or themes to find, either indoors or outdoors. Players mark off items as they find them.

Lay out a series of objects, let the kids study them for a minute, then cover them up and ask the kids to recall what they saw.

Provide two seemingly identical pictures and challenge kids to find small differences between them.

Nature Bingo

Create bingo cards with pictures or names of things to find in nature, such as specific types of leaves, insects, or birds.

Pick a color and have kids find objects that match the color as they walk or drive.

On road trips, look for license plates from different states and check them off a list.

Cloud Shapes

Observe the clouds and encourage kids to describe or guess what shapes they see.

Sit quietly in a park or garden (or car), and have kids draw a map of sounds they hear around them.

Storyteller’s Box

Fill a box with various small items. Kids pick an item without looking and tell a story about it.

What’s Missing?

Display several objects, have kids study them, then remove one object and ask them to identify what’s missing.

Photo Observation

Show kids a detailed photo for a short time, then ask questions about specific details in the picture.

While traveling, look for objects that start with each letter of the alphabet, in order.

Animal Watching

Observe animals (in the wild, at a zoo, or even pets) and discuss their behaviors, patterns, and habits.

Describe a person in the room or a character from a story with as few details as possible, and have others guess who it is.

Nature Walk Observation

On a walk, challenge kids to notice something new they haven’t seen before, even if it’s a familiar path.

Silhouette Guessing Game

Show the silhouette of an object, animal, or character, and have kids guess what it is.

Detail Detective

Describe a scene in detail (real or imaginary) and then ask specific questions about it.

Texture Scavenger Hunt

Find objects that match textures on a list, such as smooth, rough, bumpy, or soft.

What’s That Smell?

Blindfold players and have them guess objects or foods by their smell.

These games are designed to sharpen observational skills, enhance memory, and inspire creativity among children, making every day an adventure filled with discovery and learning.

Hand Games to play on a road trip

Hand games offer a playful way to engage minds and fingers, fostering coordination and laughter in equal measure.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

A classic hand game where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand.

Instructions: Players count to three together and simultaneously show one of three shapes (rock, paper, or scissors) with their hand. Rock crushes scissors, scissors cut paper, and paper covers rock. This really is an easy to play road trip game.

Two players grasp hands and try to pin the other’s thumb down for a count of three.

Instructions: Players hook their hands together and chant “1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a thumb war!” and then try to pin the opponent’s thumb for a count of three.

Hand Clapping Games

Such as “Miss Mary Mack” or “A Sailor Went to Sea,” where players clap their own and each other’s hands in a sequence.

Instructions: Players face each other and clap their own hands together, then each other’s, in a set rhythm and pattern, often while reciting a rhyme.

Shadow Puppets

Using hands to form shadows on the wall or car ceiling, creating figures like animals or faces.

Instructions: In a dimly lit room, use a flashlight or lamp to cast a light on a wall. Shape your hands to form shadows that resemble animals or other figures.

Finger Knitting

Using fingers to weave yarn or string into simple bracelets or chains.

Instructions: Loop yarn around your fingers in a weaving pattern to create a knit chain, then slide off to finish the piece.

Hand Signs Game

Competing to quickly show a series of hand signs or gestures.

Instructions: Players take turns calling out specific hand signs (peace sign, thumbs up, etc.), and the other player must quickly replicate the sign.

Silent Animal Gestures

Players guess the animal someone is miming with their hands.

Instructions: One player uses hand gestures to mime an animal without making a sound, while others guess which animal it is.

Finger Spelling

Using sign language or invented gestures to spell out words for others to guess.

Instructions: Spell out a word using finger movements from sign language or a made-up system, while others try to guess the word.

Snap Battle

Players snap their fingers as quickly as possible in a playful competition.

Instructions: On a signal, players snap their fingers as fast as they can for a set time period. The one with the most snaps wins.

Number Guess

Hide a number of small items in your hand, and others guess how many there are.

Instructions: Hold a few small objects in your closed hand. Players guess the number of items without seeing them.

Hand Symphony

Creating a musical composition by clapping, snapping, and tapping hands in different rhythms.

Instructions: Assign different hand sounds (clap, snap, tap) to players and conduct them to create a rhythm or song together.

A quick-reflex game where players slap their hand down on a stack of cards when a jack is played (can be mimicked with hand gestures).

Instructions: Spread a deck of cards face down. Players take turns flipping cards. When a Jack appears, the first to slap it collects the cards. Mimic with hand gestures if no cards are available.

Concentration 64

A rhythm and memory game where players must keep up with the sequence of hand movements without making a mistake.

Instructions: Players sit in a circle and clap a beat. Taking turns, each player adds a hand movement to the sequence without breaking the rhythm.

The Mirror Game

Players mirror each other’s hand movements, trying to keep in sync.

Instructions: Two players face each other. One leads by making hand movements, while the other tries to copy them exactly like a mirror.

One player uses their finger to trace a path on the other player’s palm, who must guess the shape or letter.

Instructions: Trace a letter, number, or simple shape on the other player’s palm with your finger. The other player guesses what was traced.

Finger Races

Players slide their fingers across a surface, pretending they are racing.

Instructions: On a flat surface, players use their fingers as “legs” to race to a finish line.

Stacking hands on top of one another and trying to keep the tower from collapsing.

Instructions: Players take turns stacking one hand on top of the last, trying to build the tallest tower without it toppling over.

Finger Puppets

Creating simple puppets using fingers and playing out stories or scenarios.

Instructions: Use markers or stickers to decorate fingers as characters and act out stories or scenes.

Guess the Object

One player shapes their hand like an object and others guess what it is.

Instructions: Use your hands to mimic the shape of an object, and have others guess what you’re trying to represent.

Finger Twister

Players call out colors and a finger (e.g., “Right index finger, green”), and participants must touch the designated spot or color with that finger.

Instructions: Designate colors or spots on a surface. Players take turns calling out instructions for which finger to move to which color, trying not to get tangled.

Through these simple gestures and movements, many games and laughs can be had.

Singing for a fun road trip game

These singing games not only entertain but also educate, helping children learn numbers, letters, animal sounds, body parts, and more while enhancing their memory and attention skills. All makes for a fun road trip game.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Kids sing about different animals and the sounds they make, adding more animals with each verse.

Here is the first verse: Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, And on his farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O, With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo, Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

The Wheels on the Bus

A classic song where children mimic the movements and sounds of different parts of the bus.

Here is the first verse: The wheels on the bus go round and round, Round and round, round and round, The wheels on the bus go round and round, All through the town.

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Children express their happiness through song, clapping hands, stomping feet, etc.

Here is the first verse: If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap), If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap), If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it, If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

Hokey Pokey

Kids follow the song’s instructions to put different body parts in and out of the circle, turning themselves around.

Here is the first verse: You put your right hand in, You take your right hand out, You put your right hand in, And you shake it all about, You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around, That’s what it’s all about.

Five Little Ducks

A counting song where ducks go out to play, gradually decreasing in number.

Here is the first verse: Five little ducks went out one day, Over the hill and far away, Mother duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack,” But only four little ducks came back.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

This song teaches body parts while encouraging kids to touch each part as it’s sung.

Here is the first verse: Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes, Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes, And eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose, Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes.

A song about a dog named Bingo, with clapping to replace letters of the dog’s name in each verse.

Here is the first verse: There was a farmer who had a dog, And Bingo was his name-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, And Bingo was his name-O.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

A fun counting song about monkeys’ misadventures and the consequences of jumping on the bed.

Here is the first verse: Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, One fell off and bumped his head, Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Ring Around the Rosie

A group circle game with singing and falling down at the end.

Here is the first verse: Ring-a-round the rosie, A pocket full of posies, Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down.

London Bridge is Falling Down

Kids form an arch with their arms while others pass under as the song plays, capturing someone at the end of the song.

Here is the first verse: London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady.

I’m a Little Teapot

Children act out the lyrics, pretending to be a teapot with spout and handle.

Here is the first verse: I’m a little teapot short and stout, Here is my handle, here is my spout, When I get all steamed up, hear me shout, “Tip me over and pour me out!”

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Can be sung in rounds, mimicking rowing actions in pairs, sitting opposite each other.

Here is the first verse: Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.

Down by the Bay

A rhyming song that encourages creativity, with kids coming up with new verses.

Here is the first verse: Down by the bay, Where the watermelons grow, Back to my home, I dare not go, For if I do, My mother will say, “Did you ever see a bear, combing his hair, Down by the bay?”

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Mimicking the spider’s movements, this song tells the story of its climb up the water spout.

Here is the first verse: The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout, Down came the rain and washed the spider out, Out came the sun and dried up all the rain, And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Skip to My Lou

A simple, playful song that can involve dancing or skipping around in a circle.

Here is the first verse: Lost my partner, what’ll I do? Lost my partner, what’ll I do? Lost my partner, what’ll I do? Skip to my Lou, my darling.

A modern favorite with repetitive verses and hand motions representing different members of the shark family.

Here is the first verse: Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo, Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo, Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo, Baby shark!

The Farmer in the Dell

A singing game with selections of different characters (the farmer, the wife, the child, etc.) during the song.

Here is the first verse: The farmer in the dell, The farmer in the dell, Heigh-ho, the derry-o, The farmer in the dell.

The Ants Go Marching

A counting and marching song, with verses for each number of ants.

Here is the first verse: The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah, The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah, The ants go marching one by one, The little one stops to suck his thumb, And they all go marching down to the ground, To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

A silly song with accompanying gestures about ears, encouraging laughter and movement.

Here is the first verse: Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow? Can you throw them over your shoulder Like a continental soldier? Do your ears hang low?

These activities bridge generations and cultures, proving that when we sing together, harmony extends beyond the music.

Drawing Games You can Play

Embark on a journey of creativity and fun with drawing games that unleash the imagination and bring artwork to life.

Players draw a word on a piece of paper while others guess what it is.


  • Divide players into teams.
  • One team member draws a word on paper without speaking or gesturing.
  • The team has a minute to guess the word for points.

Draw in the Dark

Players try to draw an object or scene in the dark or with their eyes closed, and then share the hilarious outcomes.

  • Players close their eyes or turn off the lights.
  • Each player tries to draw a predetermined object or scene.
  • Share and laugh at the outcomes.

Exquisite Corpse

A collaborative drawing game where players fold a paper into sections and each person draws a part of a body (head, torso, legs) without seeing the other parts until the end.

  • Fold a paper into sections, enough for each player.
  • The first player draws a head at the top section, folds it to hide, and passes it on.
  • Continue with each player adding parts of the body.
  • Unfold to reveal the collaborative creature.

Draw the Song

Listen to a song and draw what you imagine the song is about.

  • Play a song for everyone to listen to.
  • Each player draws their interpretation of the song’s story or theme.
  • Share drawings and discuss interpretations.

Drawing Relay

Players take turns adding to a drawing within a set time limit, creating a unique collaborative artwork.

  • Start with a simple drawing.
  • Players take turns, each adding to the drawing for a minute.
  • Continue until everyone has added to the drawing.

Copycat Drawing

One player draws something, and the others try to replicate it as closely as possible.

  • The first player draws an image.
  • Other players try to copy the drawing as closely as possible.
  • Compare drawings to the original.

Drawing Dictation

One player describes a scene or object without naming it, while others try to draw it based on the description.

  • The describer thinks of a scene or object but doesn’t name it.
  • They describe it in detail while others draw.
  • Reveal the described object or scene and compare drawings.

Blind Contour Drawing

Without looking at the paper, draw the outline of an object or person in one continuous line. Instructions:

  • Choose an object or person to draw.
  • Without looking at your paper, draw its outline in one continuous line.
  • Share and discuss the results.

Scribble Drawing

Start with a random scribble and then turn it into a detailed drawing by adding features and elements.

  • Make a random scribble on your paper.
  • Look at the scribble and imagine a detailed scene or object.
  • Develop the scribble into a detailed drawing.

Memory Drawing

Look at an object for a certain period, then try to draw it from memory.

  • Study an object for one minute.
  • Without looking again, draw the object from memory.
  • Compare the drawing to the object.

Draw the Word

Players write down a word or phrase, and others must illustrate it.

  • Write down a word or phrase on a piece of paper.
  • Pass the paper to another player who illustrates the word or phrase.
  • Guess the original word or phrase from the illustration.

Opposite Drawing

Given a theme, players draw the opposite (e.g., draw cold when given the word hot).

  • Choose a theme or concept word.
  • Players draw something that represents the opposite of the theme.
  • Share and explain your drawings.

Dot-to-Dot Drawing

One player makes dots on a paper, and another connects them to create a picture.

  • One player places dots on a sheet of paper.
  • Another player connects the dots to create an image.
  • Reveal the final picture to the dot placer.

Story Drawing

One player starts a story, and each subsequent player adds a drawing to continue the tale.

  • The first player draws a scene starting a story.
  • Pass the paper; the next player adds to the story with another drawing.
  • Continue until the story concludes.

Two-Line Drawing

Players can only use two lines to create a recognizable object or scene.

  • Think of an object or scene to draw.
  • Using only two continuous lines, create your drawing.
  • Share and guess what each drawing represents.

Shape Challenge

Everyone starts with the same basic shape and must turn it into a unique drawing.

  • All players start with the same basic shape on their paper.
  • Transform the shape into a unique drawing.
  • Share and discuss the creative outcomes.

Drawing with Scissors

Inspired by Matisse, players cut shapes out of colored paper to create a composition.

  • Choose a variety of colored paper.
  • Cut out shapes to create a composition or scene.
  • Arrange and glue the shapes onto a background.

Nature Drawing

Incorporate an element found in nature (a leaf, a twig) into a drawing.

  • Find an element from nature to include in your artwork.
  • Draw a scene or object incorporating the natural element creatively.
  • Share your nature-inspired artwork.

Alphabet Drawing

Choose a letter and draw objects that start with that letter, an easy and fun game to play on a road trip.

  • Select a letter of the alphabet.
  • Draw as many objects as you can think of that start with that letter.
  • Share and compare drawings.

Fantasy Creature

Mix parts of different animals or objects to create a new fantasy creature.

  • Think of different animals or objects to combine.
  • Draw a creature that incorporates elements of your chosen animals or objects.
  • Present your fantasy creature and explain its features.

Drawing games not only spark joy and creativity but also connect us through the universal language of art, making every sketch a shared adventure.

Car Games for Kids – Paper Games

Here’s a collection of classic and creative paper games, perfect for entertainment without the need for screens. These activities not only offer fun but also stimulate imagination and critical thinking. These overall principles make for a great game to play when on a road trip with the kids.

A classic game where players take turns marking Xs and Os in a 3×3 grid, aiming to get three in a row.

  • Draw a 3×3 grid on a piece of paper.
  • Players choose their marker, either X or O.
  • Taking turns, each player places their marker in an empty square.
  • The first player to align three of their markers vertically, horizontally, or diagonally wins.

Dots and Boxes

Players take turns connecting dots with lines. When a player completes a box, they mark it with their initial. The player with the most boxes wins.

  • Fill a paper with a grid of dots.
  • Players take turns drawing a single line (vertical or horizontal) between two adjacent dots.
  • If a player completes the fourth side of a box, they initial it and play again.
  • Once all boxes are completed, the player with the most initialed boxes wins.

One player thinks of a word, and the others guess letters. For each wrong guess, part of a hangman drawing is added.

  • The word chooser thinks of a word and draws a blank line for each letter.
  • Guessing players suggest letters.
  • If the letter is in the word, the chooser writes it in the correct spots. If not, they add a part to the hangman drawing.
  • The game ends when the word is guessed or the hangman is fully drawn.

Paper Fortune Teller

A folded paper game where players choose colors and numbers to reveal a hidden message or fortune.

  • Fold a paper into a fortune teller shape with eight flaps inside.
  • Write colors on the four outer flaps and numbers on the eight inner flaps.
  • Hide fortunes or messages under the inner flaps.
  • Players choose a color, spell it out while manipulating the fortune teller, choose a number, and then reveal their fortune under the flap.

Each player draws two grids. On one grid, they place ships. They take turns guessing coordinates to “hit” the opponent’s ships.

  • Each player draws two 10×10 grids, labeling rows and columns.
  • Secretly place ships on one grid.
  • Players take turns calling out grid coordinates.
  • Mark hits and misses on your grids. The first to sink all opponent’s ships wins.

Players draw a word on paper while others try to guess what it is.

  • Prepare a list of words or phrases.
  • Players take turns drawing a selected word for their team to guess within a time limit.
  • No letters, numbers, or verbal clues allowed. The team with the most correct guesses wins.

Paper Airplane Contest

Kids design and fold paper airplanes, then see whose can fly the farthest or perform the best tricks.

  • Each player folds a paper into an airplane.
  • Decide on the contest criteria (distance, accuracy, tricks).
  • Take turns launching your airplanes according to the contest rules. The best performance according to the criteria wins.

A classic fortune-telling game where players find out about their future jobs, spouses, car, and living situation.

  • Write M.A.S.H. at the top of a paper (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House).
  • List categories (partner, car, number of kids, job) and options under each.
  • Draw a spiral and count the lines to get a number. Count through the options, crossing out the option each time you hit the number.
  • Your future is determined by the last options left.

Folded Story

Players write a sentence on a paper, fold it to hide most of it, and pass it on. The next player continues the story.

  • The first player writes a sentence on the top of the paper and folds it to hide all but the last word.
  • Pass the paper to the next player, who writes another sentence starting with that word.
  • Continue until the paper is full, then unfold and read the story aloud.

Word Search

Create a grid of letters with hidden words for players to find and circle.

  • Draw a grid on a piece of paper and fill it with random letters.
  • Hide words within the grid by writing them vertically, horizontally, diagonally, forwards, or backwards.
  • Players search for and circle the hidden words.

Crossword Puzzles

Design simple crossword puzzles related to themes or subjects the kids are interested in.

  • Create a grid on a piece of paper.
  • Fill in words horizontally and vertically, creating intersecting words.
  • Write clues for each word and number them according to their position in the grid.
  • Players fill in the grid based on the clues.

Fill a 9×9 grid so that each column, row, and 3×3 section contain all digits from 1 to 9.

  • Draw a 9×9 grid, subdivided into 3×3 sections.
  • Pre-fill some of the cells with numbers 1-9.
  • Players fill in the empty cells, ensuring each row, column, and 3×3 section contains all numbers 1-9 without repetition.

Cipher Games

Create coded messages for kids to decode, using simple substitution ciphers.

  • Write a message.
  • Replace each letter with another letter, number, or symbol based on a key.
  • Players use the key to decode the message.

Comic Strip Creation

Provide a theme or story starter, and let kids create their own comic strips.

  • Decide on a theme or story starter.
  • Draw a series of empty comic panels on a piece of paper.
  • Fill in the panels with your story, using drawings and dialogue.

Folding paper to create shapes, animals, or objects. Beginners can start with simple models like cranes or boats.

  • Choose an origami model to make.
  • Follow step-by-step folding instructions to shape your paper into the model.
  • Decorate your origami if desired.

Scavenger Hunt Lists

Create lists of items for kids to find and check off. They can draw or write when they find each item.

  • Create a list of items to find.
  • Distribute the list to players.
  • Players search for items and check them off or draw them as they find them.

Create two similar drawings with slight differences for kids to find.

  • Draw two similar pictures with a few subtle differences.
  • Players look for and point out the differences between the two pictures.

Maze Design

Draw mazes on paper for kids to solve, or have them design their own for others to try.

  • Design a maze with a clear start and finish.
  • Players attempt to solve the maze by drawing a path from start to finish.

Storybook Creation

Kids write and illustrate their own stories, making a small book out of paper.

  • Fold and cut paper to create a booklet.
  • Write a story across the pages, adding illustrations.
  • Share the completed storybook with others.

Symmetry Art

Fold a paper in half, draw a design on one side, then paint or color it. Fold again to transfer the design to the other half, creating a symmetrical artwork.

  • Fold a paper in half to create a crease, then unfold.
  • Draw a design on one half or add paint.
  • Fold the paper back over while the paint is still wet to transfer the design to the other half.
  • Unfold to reveal the symmetrical artwork.

These games prove that all you need is paper, pens, and a bit of creativity to unlock hours of fun and learning. Each game, from the strategic to the artistic, offers a unique way to engage the mind and foster creativity.

120 Fun Road Trip Games To Play in the car – Teens and Adults

Stepping up from the kids’ games, our teens and adults section brings a twist with challenges that test strategy, wit, and teamwork. It’s about diving deeper into fun, with a touch of complexity and a lot more laughs.

Games for Teens and Adults Contents

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Top 20 Alphabet Theme Ideas 20 Questions Ideas Classic Car Games Combined Longer Running Games Pre-Planned Games Educational Games Word and Riddle Games Number Plate Game Ideas Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles True or False Game Ideas Pop Culture Trivia and Radio

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Top 20 Best Road trip Games for Teens and Adults

Kick off your road trips with this collection of games designed for teens and adults, focusing on creative, strategic, and interactive fun that goes beyond the simplicity of children’s games. Perfect for keeping the energy high and making those long drives fly by.

Car Karaoke

Instead of “Guess the Song,” passengers take turns singing their favorite songs while others guess the title or artist.


  • Choose a passenger to sing first.
  • The singer selects a song and performs a portion of it.
  • Other passengers guess the song’s title and artist.

Adapted from a classic guessing game, one player thinks of something, and others have up to 20 questions to guess what it is.

  • One player thinks of an object, animal, or person.
  • The others take turns asking yes or no questions.
  • The group tries to guess the answer within 20 questions.

Pose two scenarios and have each passenger choose which one they would rather do, with explanations for their choices.

  • Present two different scenarios to the passengers.
  • Each passenger chooses their preferred scenario and explains why.
  • Rotate who poses the next set of scenarios.

Each passenger says three statements about themselves, two truths and one lie, while others guess the lie.

  • A passenger states two truths and one lie about themselves.
  • The others guess which statement is the lie.
  • Reveal the correct answer before moving to the next person.

Adaptation of a campfire storytelling game where one person starts a story, and each passenger adds a sentence or two.

  • Begin a story with a single sentence.
  • Pass the story to the next passenger, who adds to it.
  • Continue until the story reaches a natural conclusion or every passenger has contributed.

License Plate Lingo

Create sentences or a story using the letters from license plates spotted on the road.

  • Spot a license plate and read its letters.
  • Create a sentence or story starting with those letters.
  • Take turns and try with different plates.

Travel Bingo

Make bingo cards with items or events likely to be seen on the road (like a red car, a cow, or a billboard). First to get a line wins.

  • Prepare bingo cards before the trip with common road trip sights.
  • Mark off items as you spot them during the journey.
  • The first to complete a line shouts “Bingo!” and wins.

The Alphabet Game

Find words outside the car that start with each letter of the alphabet, in order, from A to Z.

  • Start with the letter A and find a word seen outside that starts with it.
  • Continue through the alphabet in order.
  • The first to reach Z or the furthest along wins.

Adaptation of the observation game where players compete to spot items from a pre-determined list, like different types of vehicles, road signs, or animals.

  • Create a list of items to spot before the trip.
  • Players call out and mark off items as they spot them.
  • The player who spots the most items wins.

The Movie Game

One player names an actor, the next names a movie that actor was in, then the next names another actor from that movie, and so on.

  • Start with naming an actor.
  • The next person names a movie the actor was in.
  • Continue with movies and actors, keeping the chain going.

The Singing Game

Someone sings a line from a song, and the next person has to start their song with the last word of the previous song.

  • Sing a line from a song.
  • The next person starts their song with the last word sung.
  • Continue, linking songs through their final words.

Play the first few seconds of a song on your device, and the first person to guess the song wins.

  • Play a short clip of a song.
  • The first person to correctly guess the song title and artist wins.
  • Take turns playing song clips.

Whisper a message to the person next to you, and have it passed along through whispers. The last person says it out loud to see how much it changed.

  • Whisper a message to the person next to you.
  • Pass the message down the line through whispers.
  • The last person says the message out loud to compare with the original.

I’m Going on a Trip

A memory game where the first person says, “I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing…” followed by an item. Each person repeats the list and adds their own item.

  • Start the game with “I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing…” followed by an item.
  • Each subsequent player repeats the list and adds an item.
  • Continue until someone forgets an item or the list becomes too long.

One person says a word, and the next person has to say a word related to it. The game continues with associations to the previous word.

  • Start with any word.
  • The next person says a word associated with the previous word.
  • Continue, building a chain of associated words.

Pick a category, and players take turns naming items that fit into it until someone gets stumped.

  • Choose a category (e.g., fruits, countries).
  • Take turns naming items within the category.
  • Continue until someone can’t name an item.

The Picnic Game

Similar to “I’m Going on a Trip,” but each item must begin with the next letter of the alphabet. One of my favorite fun road trip games to play with the kids.

  • The first player starts with “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” followed by an item starting with A.
  • The next player repeats the first item and adds something starting with B.
  • Continue through the alphabet.

Guess the Animal

One player thinks of an animal, and others ask yes/no questions to guess what it is.

  • Think of an animal but don’t reveal it.
  • Others ask yes/no questions to deduce the animal.
  • Continue until the animal is guessed or questions run out.

Finish the Lyrics

Say a line from a song, and another player has to finish the next line.

  • Recite a line from a song.
  • The next player completes the lyric.
  • Confirm the correct lyrics and continue with different songs.

Spin the Bottle (Q&A Edition)

Adapt it by having a “spinner” (using a phone app or imaginary bottle) and whoever it “points” to must answer a question from the group.

  • Use an app or mimic spinning a bottle.
  • The person the bottle points to must answer a group question.
  • Rotate the spinner and continue with questions.

That’s just my top Picks, keep reading for more Fun games.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Alphabet Theme Ideas

Games based on using the Alphabet are almost endless. But here are 20 ideas which can help with your creativity.

Players must name an animal for each letter of the alphabet.

Cities of the World

Name cities around the globe, from A to Z.

Foods and Drinks

Each letter corresponds to a food or drink item.

Movie Titles

Players come up with movie titles for every letter.

Famous People

This can include celebrities, historical figures, or fictional characters.

Book Titles

Great for book lovers, name a book title for each letter.

Name a song title for each letter of the alphabet.

Identify brands that correspond with each letter.

Household Items

Find items around the house or that you’d typically find in a home, for each letter.

Sports and Activities

Any sport, exercise, or physical activity fits into this category.

Test your geography skills by naming countries from A to Z.

Plants or Flowers

Ideal for nature enthusiasts, name plants or flowers for each letter.

Come up with titles of TV shows, past or present.


Name a job or profession for each letter of the alphabet.


Musical instruments that start with each letter.

for an easy to play game, Identify colors or shades that correspond with each letter.

Name languages spoken around the world, from A to Z.

Video Games

Great for gamers, name a video game for each letter.

Name an invention or discovery for each letter.

Mythological Creatures

Dive into mythology by naming creatures from legends and folklore for each letter.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – 20 Questions Ideas

The game of 20 Questions is a classic guessing game where one player thinks of an item, and the other players have up to 20 yes-or-no questions to guess what it is. This game can be adapted to various themes to make it more interesting or educational. Here are 20 ideas or themes for playing 20 Questions

Think of an animal, and others must guess it with questions related to habitat, diet, characteristics, etc.

Historical Figures

For a fun game to play, choose a person from history, and players ask questions to figure out who it is based on their achievements, era, nationality, etc.

Geographical Locations

This could be a country, city, landmark, or natural feature, with questions revolving around location, cultural significance, or physical characteristics.

The mystery item is a movie, and questions can be about the plot, characters, actors, or awards.

Pick a book, and players ask questions related to genre, author, plot, or characters.


Choose a well-known public figure, and questions can relate to their profession, notable works, or personal life.

Think of an invention, and questions could be about its inventor, era of creation, purpose, or impact on society.

The item to guess could be a type of plant, flower, or tree, with questions focusing on habitat, appearance, and uses.

Choose a specific dish or food item, and questions can be about ingredients, origin, or taste.

The mystery item could be a sport, athlete, or sports team, with questions about rules, achievements, or famous figures associated with it.

Musical Instruments

Pick an instrument, and players ask questions regarding its family, how it’s played, or its sound.

Choose a creature from mythology, and questions could explore its origins, powers, or stories.

Technological Gadgets

Think of a gadget, and questions can be about its use, features, or the era it was popular.

Choose a famous work of art, and questions can revolve around the artist, era, medium, or subject matter.

Scientific Theories

Pick a scientific theory or concept, and questions could be about the field of science it belongs to, its implications, or key figures associated with it.

Board Games

The item could be a board game, with questions about gameplay, the number of players, or components.

Choose a language, and players ask questions about the region it’s spoken, number of speakers, or its writing system.

Holidays and Traditions

Think of a holiday or cultural tradition, and questions can be about how, where, or why it’s celebrated.

Choose a type of vehicle, and questions could cover its mode of transportation, use, or features.

Clothing and Fashion

Pick an item of clothing or a fashion trend, with questions about the era it was popular, materials, or associated culture.

Hopefully that helps with your creativity and spurs you on to find even more great ideas.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Classic Car Games Combined

Get ready to level up your road trip entertainment with these innovative car games that blend classic fun with fresh twists. Perfect for all ages, these games promise to keep everyone engaged and laughing from start to finish.

Karaoke Charades

Players sing a song while acting out the lyrics, and others guess the song and artist.

  • One player selects a song and starts singing while also acting out the lyrics.
  • The other passengers guess the song and the artist based on the performance.
  • Rotate roles after each song.

Start with a word or phrase, draw it, then the next person guesses what it is and draws their interpretation, continuing down the line to see how it evolves.

  • The first player writes down a word or phrase and then draws it on a piece of paper.
  • The next player guesses what it is and then draws their interpretation of that guess on another piece of paper.
  • Continue passing and drawing down the line, then compare the first and last drawings.

20 Questions + Storytelling

The object guessed in 20 Questions becomes the protagonist in a spontaneous group storytelling session.

  • Play a classic game of 20 Questions until the object is correctly guessed.
  • Use the guessed object as the protagonist of a group storytelling session, with each passenger adding to the story.

Alphabet Road Trip Bingo

Create bingo cards with the alphabet, and players must find objects starting with each letter outside the car to fill their card.

  • Before the trip, create bingo cards with each square representing a letter of the alphabet.
  • As you travel, players spot and call out objects that start with the letters on their card.
  • The first player to complete a row or column wins.

Musical Scavenger Hunt

Compile a playlist where each song title or artist is a clue to find a specific object or perform an action.

  • Create a playlist with songs where the titles or artists relate to objects or actions.
  • Play each song, and passengers must figure out the clue and either find the object or perform the action.
  • Keep score of who completes the most tasks.

Guess the Emoji Story

One player creates a short story using only emojis, and others must decipher the story or continue it with their own emoji sequence.

  • One player composes a short story using a sequence of emojis.
  • Other players attempt to decipher the story from the emojis.
  • Players can then add to the story with their own sequence of emojis.

Trivia Treasure Hunt

Combine trivia questions with a treasure hunt, where each correct answer leads to a clue or location of the next hidden item.

  • Prepare a list of trivia questions related to the trip or general knowledge.
  • Correct answers lead to clues or the location of hidden items along the trip.
  • The player who finds the most items or solves the final clue wins.

Drawing Pictionary with a Twist

Use concepts from “Taboo” where certain obvious clues or words cannot be drawn, making it harder to guess.

  • Similar to Pictionary, but with a list of words or concepts that are “taboo” and cannot be used in the drawings.
  • Players take turns drawing while others guess, without using the taboo clues.
  • Points are awarded for correct guesses under time limits.

Soundtrack of My Life Challenge

Players choose songs that represent different moments in their life, and others have to guess the event or period it correlates with.

  • Each player selects a series of songs that represent significant moments in their life.
  • Play snippets of each song, and the other passengers guess the life event or period it represents.
  • Share stories behind each song choice.

Dance-Off Simon Says

Mix “Simon Says” with a dance-off, where players must follow dance moves only when “Simon says” but with added competition for the best dancer.

  • One player is “Simon” and calls out dance moves followed by “Simon says.”
  • Players only move if “Simon says” is used before the move; otherwise, they stay still.
  • Add competitive elements by voting on the best dancer for each round.

Story Dice + Improv Theater

Use story dice to roll for story elements, and then perform an impromptu skit based on the results.

  • Roll story dice to determine elements like setting, character, and conflict.
  • Players collaborate to perform a short, improvised skit using the rolled elements.
  • Take turns rolling dice and performing different skits.

Lip Reading Song Battle

Mute a song’s audio, and one player tries to lip-sync the lyrics while the others guess the song.

  • Play a song with the audio muted.
  • One player lip-syncs the lyrics.
  • Others guess the song based on the lip-sync performance.

Crafty Spies

Combine “I Spy” with crafting, where players create a simple craft based on something they spy with their eyes.

  • Play a round of “I Spy” to choose an object.
  • Using crafting materials, players create a simple representation of the spied object.
  • Share and explain your crafts with the group.

Emoji Charades

Act out the meaning of emojis for others to guess, adding a modern twist to traditional charades.

  • Choose an emoji and act out its meaning without speaking.
  • Other players guess the emoji based on the actions.
  • Rotate actors and continue with different emojis.

Musical Hangman

Play hangman using only song titles or artist names, and the guesser has to sing the song if they solve the puzzle.

  • Choose a song title or artist and draw blanks for each letter.
  • Players guess letters; incorrect guesses result in drawing parts of the hangman.
  • If a player correctly guesses, they sing a line from the song.

Alphabetical Lip Sync Battles

Participants perform lip-sync battles but must choose songs that start with the next letter of the alphabet each round.

  • Start with the letter A and choose a song that begins with A for the first lip-sync battle.
  • The next round moves to B, and so on through the alphabet.
  • Judges or audience vote on the best lip-sync performance for each round.

Movie Mashup Madness

Players describe a movie plot using details from two different films, while others guess the movies involved.

  • Pick two movies and combine elements from both into a single plot description.
  • Other players guess which two movies are being described.
  • Take turns creating and guessing movie mashups.

Recipe Roulette

Combine “20 Questions” with cooking, where players ask questions to guess the dish, then attempt to cook it with only the guessed ingredients.

  • Think of a recipe but don’t reveal it.
  • Players ask yes/no questions to guess the dish.
  • Attempt to cook the dish with the ingredients identified through the questions.

Celebrity Heads Road Trip Edition

Adapt “Celebrity Heads” for the car by guessing the celebrity based on traits or accomplishments, using road signs or objects seen outside for hints.

  • Think of a celebrity and give hints based on traits, accomplishments, or related road signs and objects.
  • Players ask yes/no questions and guess the celebrity.
  • Rotate the role of the hint giver.

Historical Figure Daydreams

Players choose a historical figure, then play a round of “Fortunately/Unfortunately” to create humorous scenarios about what could have happened in their lives.

  • Choose a historical figure.
  • Start with a scenario involving the figure.
  • Players take turns adding to the story with alternating “fortunately” and “unfortunately” scenarios.

I hope you enjoyed that section of creative combinations of car games. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure you can come up with some yourself.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Longer Running Games

Longer-running games are great for keeping interest and excitement alive over extended periods, such as during road trips, vacations, or even over a summer break. Here are 20 ideas for longer-running games that involve ongoing tasks, collection, or points tallying, providing continuous fun and engagement

Regional Snack Collection

At each stop, collect a snack or item unique to that area, aiming to gather the most diverse collection of treats by trip’s end.

  • Plan to stop at various regional locations along your route.
  • At each stop, select a snack or local item unique to the area.
  • Compare collections at the end of the trip to see who has the most diverse assortment.

Travel Journal Doodles

Each participant maintains a doodle journal, adding a drawing for every place visited or sight seen, comparing journals at the end of the trip.

  • Provide each traveler with a journal at the trip’s start.
  • Encourage drawing a doodle for each significant sight or location visited.
  • Share and compare the doodle journals at the journey’s conclusion.

Create bingo cards with states, countries, or unique characteristics of license plates. The first to complete their bingo card wins.

  • Before the trip, prepare bingo cards featuring different states, countries, or unique license plate features.
  • Mark off each item on your card as you spot it during the trip.
  • The first to complete a row or card shouts “Bingo!” and wins.

Mini Travel Olympics

Hold a series of short physical challenges or games at rest stops or parks, keeping a tally of winners to declare an overall champion at the trip’s end.

  • Identify suitable rest stops or parks for physical activities.
  • Organize a variety of short games or challenges.
  • Keep score of each participant’s wins to determine the overall champion by the trip’s end.

Scenic Photography Contest

Participants take photos of scenery, landmarks, or quirky finds along the journey. Vote on categories like “Most Beautiful” or “Most Unusual” at the trip’s end.

  • Throughout the trip, take photos of interesting sights, landmarks, or scenery.
  • At the journey’s end, organize a voting session for various categories.
  • Declare winners for each category based on votes.

Car Ride Story Building

Start a collaborative story at the beginning of the trip, and each person adds a sentence or paragraph in turns. Read the entire story aloud at the journey’s end.

  • Begin a story with an opening line.
  • Pass the story around, with each person adding to it in turn.
  • Read the completed story together once the trip concludes.

Travel Trivia

Keep track of interesting facts, landmarks, or learning moments encountered during the trip. Hold a trivia quiz on the last day to recall what everyone learned.

  • Throughout the trip, note down interesting facts or landmarks.
  • Organize a trivia quiz based on these notes on the last day.
  • Quiz each other to see who remembers the most.

Postcard Chronicles

Send a postcard to yourself from each major stop, writing about what you did or saw there. Collect them at home as a keepsake of your travels.

  • At each significant stop, choose a postcard and write a brief account of your experiences.
  • Mail the postcard to your home address.
  • Collect and reminisce over the postcards once home.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Maintain a list of animals, plants, and natural phenomena to spot over the trip. Tally who spots the most items on the list by the end.

  • Create a list of natural items to spot during your travels.
  • Keep a tally of who spots each item first.
  • Count up the tallies at the end of the trip to find the winner.

Culinary Explorer

Try a different local dish at each stop and rate them. Compile a food diary or blog to summarize the culinary adventure.

  • At each stop, try a local dish or specialty.
  • Rate each dish based on taste, presentation, and uniqueness.
  • Compile your ratings and experiences into a diary or blog.

Podcast or Book Club

Select a podcast series or a book to listen to or read together during the journey. Discuss it at various intervals or at the trip’s end.

  • Choose a podcast or book for the trip.
  • Listen or read in segments during the journey.
  • Hold discussions at predetermined intervals or at the end of the trip.

Landmark Bingo

Similar to License Plate Bingo but with landmarks or types of locations (e.g., museums, bridges, national parks). First to complete their card wins.

  • Create bingo cards with various landmarks or location types.
  • Spot and mark off these landmarks during your travels.
  • The first to complete their card wins.

Fit Challenge

Use fitness trackers to monitor steps or activity levels, setting daily goals. The person with the most consistent achievement or improvement wins.

  • Set daily step or activity goals for each traveler.
  • Use fitness trackers to monitor progress.
  • Review achievements at the end of the trip to determine the winner.

Souvenir Swap

Collect souvenirs from each location, then have a swap meet at the end of the trip to exchange items and stories.

  • Collect souvenirs from each stop on your journey.
  • At the trip’s end, organize a swap meet to exchange souvenirs and share stories behind each item.

City Builder

Like your idea, participants choose items or landmarks they see and describe how they’d incorporate them into their ideal city. Sketch or list ideas and share at the trip’s end.

  • As you travel, note down interesting items or landmarks.
  • Imagine and describe how each could be part of your ideal city.
  • Share your city concepts with fellow travelers at the end of the trip.

Travel Playlist Compilation

Each person adds songs to a collaborative playlist throughout the trip, aiming to encapsulate the journey’s mood or memorable moments.

  • Create a collaborative playlist accessible to all travelers.
  • Add songs throughout the trip that capture moments or moods.
  • Share and discuss the playlist at the journey’s conclusion.

Cultural Immersion List

Make a list of cultural activities to experience, such as attending a local event or trying a traditional craft. Document each activity with photos or entries in a travel diary.

  • Before the trip, research and list cultural activities available along your route.
  • Participate in these activities and document the experience.
  • Share your cultural immersion experiences through photos or diary entries.

Historical Marker Hunt

Take note of historical markers or sites visited. Research and share a brief history at the day’s end or trip’s conclusion.

  • Keep an eye out for historical markers and sites during your travels.
  • Research and learn about the significance of each.
  • Share your findings with fellow travelers at the end of the day or trip.

Roadside Attraction Bingo

In my opinion, this is one of the best road trip games. Start by Creating bingo cards with common and uncommon roadside attractions (e.g., giant statues, unique local businesses). First to spot and document each with a photo wins.

  • Prepare bingo cards with various roadside attractions listed.
  • Spot and photograph these attractions during your journey.
  • The first to complete a bingo row or card wins.

Travel Vlog or Blog

Document the trip through videos or blog posts, with each person responsible for capturing or writing about different segments or aspects of the journey.

  • Assign different travel segments or topics to each traveler for documentation.
  • Capture the journey through videos or blog entries.
  • Compile and share the complete vlog or blog at the trip’s conclusion.

These games encourage exploration, creativity, and physical activity, making long journeys or extended periods more engaging and memorable for all involved.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Pre-Planned Games

Games that require a bit of pre-planning can add an enriching layer to your journey, transforming a simple trip into an adventure filled with discovery and learning. Here are several themes and ideas for games and activities that can be planned in advance to enhance long journeys.

Movie Set Road Trip

Research and plan visits to filming locations of favorite movies or TV shows. Create trivia or scavenger hunts based on those movies to play en route or at the location.

  • Research and list filming locations of interest along your route.
  • Plan your visit to these locations.
  • Create trivia questions or a scavenger hunt related to the movies or TV shows for additional fun.

Historical Trails

Choose a historical trail or route, such as the Oregon Trail, Route 66, or the Freedom Trail, and plan stops at significant landmarks. Prepare related games, stories, or quizzes for each landmark.

  • Select a historical trail or route and identify key landmarks to visit.
  • Research the history and significance of each landmark.
  • Prepare interactive games, stories, or quizzes related to each stop.

Geocaching Adventure

Use a geocaching app to plan a route with caches along the way. Geocaching combines treasure hunting with navigation skills, making for a thrilling journey.

  • Download a geocaching app and locate caches along your travel route.
  • Plan your stops around these geocache locations.
  • Use the app to navigate to the caches and log your finds.

Cultural Heritage Tour

Select a route that goes through areas rich in cultural heritage. Learn about the local traditions, cuisines, and crafts in advance, and plan activities or visits around them.

  • Research areas rich in cultural heritage along your route.
  • Learn about local traditions, cuisines, and crafts.
  • Plan visits or activities that allow you to experience the cultural heritage firsthand.

Nature Exploration

Plan a trip around national parks, nature reserves, or scenic landscapes. Prepare a nature bingo or scavenger hunt that includes flora, fauna, and geological features to look for.

  • Identify national parks, nature reserves, or scenic landscapes to visit.
  • Prepare a nature bingo or scavenger hunt with items to find or observe.
  • Explore the natural beauty and mark off items on your bingo card or scavenger hunt list.

Art and Architecture Quest

Focus on exploring art galleries, street art, and architectural wonders along your route. Develop an art journal or photo challenge to capture and reflect on the art seen during the trip.

  • Map out art galleries, street art locations, and architectural wonders to visit.
  • Create an art journal or initiate a photo challenge for the trip.
  • Document and discuss the art and architecture you encounter.

Literary Journey

Choose a route that follows the settings of a novel or the life of a famous author. Prepare discussions, readings, and activities based on the book or author’s works.

  • Select a novel or author with strong ties to specific locations.
  • Plan your route to follow the settings or significant places in the author’s life.
  • Organize discussions, readings, and activities related to the book or author at each stop.

Music Trail

Plan to visit places of musical significance, such as the birthplaces of famous genres (e.g., jazz in New Orleans, country in Nashville) or iconic music venues. Include a playlist of related music to listen to as you travel.

  • Identify places of musical significance to visit on your trip.
  • Compile a playlist of music related to these places or genres.
  • Visit the locations and immerse yourself in the music history and culture.

Science and Innovation Tour

Include stops at science museums, observatories, tech companies, or historical sites of scientific discoveries. Prepare trivia questions or experiments related to each stop.

  • Plan visits to science museums, observatories, and other related sites.
  • Prepare trivia questions or simple experiments related to the science or innovation at each location.
  • Engage with the science and technology through interactive learning at each stop.

Foodie Road Trip

Map out a route based on regional cuisines, famous restaurants, or food festivals. Plan to try specific dishes at each location and rate them, or even take a cooking class.

  • Research regional cuisines, famous restaurants, and food festivals along your route.
  • Make a list of must-try dishes or restaurants.
  • Sample the local cuisine at each stop, rate the dishes, and possibly take a local cooking class.

Sports History Tour

Visit stadiums, halls of fame, or hometowns of famous athletes. Create fantasy sports teams or sports trivia based on the locations visited.

  • Identify stadiums, halls of fame, and significant sports locations along your route.
  • Research the sports history of each location to create trivia questions or fantasy sports teams.
  • Engage in trivia challenges or discussions about sports history at each stop.

Ghost Towns and Legends

Explore abandoned towns, haunted locations, or sites of local legends. Research stories in advance for storytelling sessions.

  • Map out ghost towns, haunted locations, or legendary sites to visit.
  • Gather stories, legends, and histories of each place before the trip.
  • Share these stories with your travel companions as you explore each site.

Astronomy Road Trip

Plan stops at observatories, planetariums, or dark sky parks for stargazing. Learn about constellations and celestial events that may occur during your trip.

  • Locate observatories, planetariums, and dark sky parks along your travel route.
  • Research constellations, stars, and any celestial events happening during your trip.
  • Schedule stargazing sessions and use the opportunity to learn and share astronomy knowledge.


Focus on sustainable travel, visiting eco-friendly sites or engaging in conservation activities. Plan challenges around minimizing your carbon footprint or learning about ecology.

  • Choose eco-friendly destinations and activities that emphasize conservation and sustainability.
  • Set personal or group challenges to minimize your carbon footprint during the trip.
  • Engage in activities that educate on environmental conservation and document your eco-friendly practices.

Fitness Challenge

Map out a route with opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming, or other physical activities. Set personal fitness goals or challenges for each location.

  • Identify stops along your route where you can engage in physical activities like hiking or biking.
  • Set fitness goals or challenges for each activity or location.
  • Track your progress and celebrate achievements as you meet your fitness goals during the trip.

Photography Challenge

Choose a theme or subject for photography (e.g., landscapes, urban life, sunrise/sunset) and plan stops accordingly. Share tips and critique photos to improve skills along the way.

  • Decide on a photography theme or subject for your trip.
  • Plan your route to include stops that offer opportunities to capture photos related to your theme.
  • Share photography tips among your group and critique each other’s photos to improve your skills.

Gardens and Botanics Tour

Visit botanical gardens, arboretums, or wildflower trails. Prepare a plant identification guide or a botanical sketchbook activity.

  • Research and plan visits to botanical gardens, arboretums, and trails known for their flora.
  • Prepare a plant identification guide or create a botanical sketchbook for drawing the plants you see.
  • Explore the beauty of plant life, documenting and sketching as you go.

Film Festival Tour

Attend film festivals in different cities if your trip coincides with their schedules. Discuss themes, cinematography, and performances.

  • Research film festivals happening along your route and plan your itinerary to attend them.
  • Watch films and participate in festival activities.
  • Hold discussions about the films’ themes, cinematography, and performances after viewing.

Craft Brewery Tour

For adults, plan a route that includes visits to craft breweries, with tastings and tours. Learn about the brewing process and regional specialties.

  • Identify craft breweries along your route and plan visits.
  • Participate in brewery tours and tastings to learn about the brewing process and regional beer specialties.
  • Discuss the flavors, brewing techniques, and your favorite brews from each stop.

Railroad History Trip

Follow historic railroad routes, visiting train stations, railroad museums, and scenic railway journeys. Prepare related games or model train building sessions.

  • Research historic railroad routes and significant railway locations to visit.
  • Plan stops at train stations, museums, and scenic railway journeys that highlight railroad history.
  • Engage in railroad-themed games or model train building activities to deepen your appreciation of railway heritage.

These themes not only add structure and purpose to your journey but also enrich the experience with education, culture, and fun, making the journey as memorable as the destination.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Educational Games

Educational games that engage Older Kids and Teens (or even Adults) into thinking critically about their surroundings can be both fun and informative, helping them learn about economics, history, architecture, and more. Here are several ideas for games that can educate kids during a journey, categorized by different themes.

Architecture and Urban Planning

Building functions guess.

Spot different buildings, and have kids guess their purposes. Discuss why certain designs are used for specific functions.

  • Point out various buildings along the route.
  • Ask kids to guess each building’s function based on its design.
  • Discuss the architectural features that indicate the building’s purpose.

City Planning Basics

Discuss why certain areas have more of a specific type of business or building and talk about zoning, city planning, and community needs.

  • Observe the distribution of businesses and buildings in different areas.
  • Initiate a discussion on zoning laws, city planning, and why certain areas develop specific business types.
  • Talk about how these decisions impact the community.

Economics and Business

Business success or failure.

When passing by businesses or abandoned buildings, speculate why a business might have succeeded or failed.

  • Identify businesses or buildings that are thriving or abandoned.
  • Discuss potential reasons for their success or failure.
  • Consider factors like location, competition, and market demand.

Supply and Demand on the Road

Discuss why certain products or services are more common in some areas than others, relating it to the concept of supply and demand.

  • Notice the prevalence of certain types of businesses or products in different regions.
  • Discuss how supply and demand influence these patterns.
  • Talk about factors that affect supply and demand in various locations.

Environmental Science


Identify different types of landscapes (urban, rural, forest, desert) and discuss the ecosystems and how humans impact them.

  • As you travel, identify and categorize the landscapes you see.
  • Discuss the characteristics of each ecosystem.
  • Talk about human impacts on these environments.

Recycling and Sustainability Quest

Spot recycling bins, solar panels, wind turbines, or other signs of sustainable practices and discuss their importance.

  • Look for signs of sustainable practices and renewable energy use.
  • Discuss the importance of each practice spotted.
  • Talk about ways to incorporate sustainability into daily life.

History and Culture

Historical marker scavenger hunt.

Look for historical markers and research or discuss the significance of each location.

  • Keep an eye out for historical markers along your route.
  • Stop to read the markers and research further if needed.
  • Discuss the historical significance of the locations.

Cultural Diversity Explorer

Notice and discuss cultural markers that indicate the heritage of the communities you pass through (e.g., architectural styles, restaurants offering various cuisines).

  • Observe and identify cultural markers in different communities.
  • Discuss what these markers reveal about the community’s heritage.
  • Explore the cultural diversity and history of the places you visit.

Science and Technology

Engineering wonders.

Identify and talk about the engineering behind bridges, tunnels, dams, and skyscrapers.

  • Spot engineering marvels like bridges and skyscrapers.
  • Discuss the engineering principles and challenges involved in their construction.
  • Explore the impact of these structures on society and the environment.

Technology Timeline

Notice and discuss the evolution of technology, from old factories to modern wind farms or tech companies.

  • Identify examples of old and new technology along your route.
  • Discuss how technology has evolved over time.
  • Consider the future direction of technological development.


Math in motion.

Calculate travel times, distances, or fuel consumption as a practical application of math skills.

  • Use maps and travel information to calculate distances between stops.
  • Estimate travel times based on distance and speed.
  • Discuss fuel consumption and how to calculate it.

Budgeting Game

Give kids a hypothetical budget for a day’s journey. Have them manage expenses like food, souvenirs, and activities.

  • Assign a hypothetical budget for the day.
  • As you make stops, have kids decide how to spend their budget.
  • Discuss choices and the importance of budgeting.

Health and Nutrition

Healthy choices challenge.

Discuss the nutritional value of different foods when stopping for meals, encouraging healthy choices.

  • At meal stops, evaluate the available food options.
  • Discuss the nutritional value of different foods.
  • Encourage making healthy food choices.

Exercise Exploration

Talk about the importance of physical activity and brainstorm ways to stay active during stops.

  • Discuss the benefits of regular physical activity.
  • Brainstorm quick exercises or activities that can be done at rest stops.
  • Encourage everyone to participate in physical activities during stops.

Provide kids with maps and have them track the journey, learning to read key map symbols and distances.

  • Distribute maps to the kids.
  • Teach them how to read map symbols and measure distances.
  • Have them track the journey’s progress on their maps.

Landmark Legends

Research and share stories about natural landmarks you pass, enhancing geographical and cultural knowledge.

  • Identify natural landmarks along your route.
  • Research and prepare stories or facts about each landmark.
  • Share these stories as you pass by the landmarks.

Government and Civics

Local government glimpse.

Discuss the role of local government in maintaining roads, parks, and public services spotted along the way.

  • As you travel, identify public services and infrastructure.
  • Discuss the role of local governments in providing these services.
  • Talk about the importance of civic responsibility and community involvement.

Public Services Hunt

Identify and talk about different public services (fire stations, schools, libraries) and their roles in the community.

  • Spot various public service facilities during your journey.
  • Discuss the function and importance of each service.
  • Consider how these services contribute to community welfare.

Arts and Creativity

Artistic inspirations.

Encourage kids to sketch or describe landscapes, buildings, or scenes they find interesting, discussing artistic elements.

  • Provide sketchbooks or notebooks for drawing or describing scenes.
  • Encourage observation and depiction of interesting sights.
  • Discuss the artistic elements of the scenes captured.

Music and Movements

Discuss the influence of music on culture and personal identity, exploring different genres and artists.

  • Create a playlist featuring a variety of music genres and artists.
  • As you listen, discuss the cultural significance and personal impact of different musical styles.
  • Encourage exploration of new music and artists.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

What-if scenarios.

Pose hypothetical situations related to the journey or locations (e.g., “What if this bridge wasn’t here? How would it affect the town?”).

  • Present hypothetical scenarios to the group.
  • Discuss possible outcomes and impacts of these scenarios.
  • Encourage creative thinking and problem-solving discussions.

Invent a Solution

Spot a problem or challenge a community might face (like traffic congestion, pollution) and brainstorm innovative solutions.

  • Identify visible community challenges during your trip.
  • Discuss the causes and potential solutions to these problems.
  • Encourage innovative and practical ideas.

Language and Communication

Language spotting.

Identify different languages on signs, businesses, and public spaces. Discuss where these languages are from and basic greetings or phrases.

  • Look for signs or businesses featuring different languages.
  • Discuss the origins of these languages and their global presence.
  • Learn and share basic greetings or phrases in the languages spotted.

Storytelling from Surroundings

Create stories based on interesting sights or landmarks seen, encouraging creativity and narrative skills.

  • Choose a landmark or sight as the story’s setting or inspiration.
  • Encourage each participant to create and share a story based on the chosen sight.
  • Discuss the creative process and narrative elements of each story.

Social Studies

Community roles and jobs.

Observe different jobs people are doing in the communities you pass through and discuss their importance to society.

  • Notice various jobs and roles performed by people in different communities.
  • Discuss the significance of these jobs to the community and society at large.
  • Reflect on the diversity of roles and their contributions to community life.

Historical Impact Analysis

Speculate on how historical events might have shaped the landscapes, towns, and cities you visit.

  • Research the history of the places you plan to visit.
  • As you travel, discuss the historical events that have influenced these places.
  • Consider the long-term impacts of these events on the landscape and community.

Environmental Awareness

Conservation conversations.

Discuss the importance of conservation efforts visible during your journey, such as protected areas, wildlife crossings, and conservation signs.

  • Identify conservation efforts and protected areas during your travels.
  • Discuss the purpose and importance of these conservation measures.
  • Reflect on how individuals and communities can contribute to environmental conservation.

Climate Zones

Talk about the different climate zones you travel through and their characteristics, including the types of vegetation and wildlife that can survive there.

  • Research the climate zones along your route.
  • Discuss the characteristics of each climate zone, including vegetation and wildlife.
  • Reflect on how climate affects the natural world and human activities.

Astronomy and Space

Skywatching stories.

If traveling at night, identify constellations and share myths or facts about them.

  • Prepare constellation maps or apps for night travel.
  • Identify constellations and share their myths or scientific facts.
  • Discuss the significance of these constellations in different cultures and science.

Space Exploration Discussion

Discuss how certain landscapes you pass through resemble other planets or moons and the basics of space exploration.

  • Compare and contrast Earth’s landscapes with known landscapes of other planets or moons.
  • Discuss human space exploration efforts and achievements.
  • Explore the possibilities of future space travel and discovery.

These educational games and discussions can turn a long journey into a moving classroom, sparking curiosity and a love for learning in various subjects. They encourage observation, questioning, and critical thinking, making travel an enriching experience beyond just reaching a destination.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Word and Riddle Games

Here are 20 word or riddle games designed to entertain teens and adults during long car trips. These games are perfect for stimulating the mind and sparking lively discussions.

Start with one word, and each person says the first word that comes to mind. Keep going until you can’t think of any more associations.

  • Someone says a starting word.
  • The next person says the first word they think of that’s associated with it.
  • Continue around until no one can think of a related word.

Example “Car” might lead to “road,” which might lead to “travel,” and so on.

Each person shares three statements about themselves—two truths and one lie. The others have to guess which statement is the lie.

  • Each player thinks of two truths and one lie about themselves.
  • They share all three statements in a random order.
  • The others guess which one is the lie.

Example “I’ve been to Australia, I have two siblings, I can play the guitar.” (If the lie is about playing the guitar.)

Movie Synonyms

Describe a movie title with synonyms (e.g., “Gigantic” for “Big”), and others guess the movie.

  • Think of a movie title.
  • Describe it using synonyms without saying the actual title.
  • Others guess the movie based on your description.

Example “Nighttime in the Museum” for “Night at the Museum.”

Choose a word, and everyone takes turns saying a word that rhymes with it until someone gets stumped.

  • Take turns saying words that rhyme with the starting word.
  • Continue until someone can’t think of a rhyming word.

Example If the starting word is “cat,” responses might include “hat,” “bat,” “rat,” etc.

Alphabet Story

Start a story where each sentence begins with the consecutive letter of the alphabet. “A long time ago…” “But then…”

  • Begin a story with a sentence starting with “A.”
  • The next person continues the story with a sentence starting with “B.”

Example “A cat walked into a bar. But it wasn’t an ordinary bar…”

Riddle Me This

Share riddles for others to solve, ranging from simple to complex. You can prepare a list of riddles beforehand.

  • Think of or look up a riddle.
  • Share the riddle with the others.
  • They try to solve it.

Example “What has to be broken before you can use it?” (An egg.)

License Plate Decoder

Invent a backstory or meaning for the letters and numbers on a license plate you see.

  • Choose a random license plate.
  • Create a story or meaning behind its letters and numbers.
  • Share with the others and see who can come up with the most creative interpretation.

Example For “4JMP2,” “Four jugglers made pancakes too.”

Start with a word, and each person changes one letter to make a new word. The goal is to see how far you can veer from the original word.

  • Begin with any word.
  • The next person changes one letter to form a new word.
  • Continue, with each person altering one letter of the latest word.

Example “Cat” could change to “bat,” then to “bit,” “bite,” and so on.

These games are great for keeping the energy up and making long car trips more enjoyable and engaging for teens and adults alike.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Number Plate Game Ideas

Elevate your road trip entertainment with these imaginative number plate car games. Each game transforms ordinary license plates into puzzles, stories, and challenges, making the miles fly by.

Alphabet Soup

Find license plates in alphabetical order, starting with A and working your way to Z.

Example First, spot a plate with an ‘A’, then look for a ‘B’, and continue until you reach ‘Z’.

State Bingo

Create bingo cards with different states. Spot license plates from those states to mark off your squares.

Example If your card has Texas, Florida, and California, and you spot a plate from Texas, mark that square off.

License Plate Limericks

Create a short, funny limerick using the letters from a spotted license plate.

Example For a plate reading “D4N,” a limerick could be: “A dog named Dan, who could tan, in the sun he’d span, until he ran, after the mailman.”

License Plate Math

Use the numbers on a license plate to create and solve math problems. Add, subtract, multiply, or divide the digits in creative ways.

Example If a plate is “X32G4,” you could create: 3 + 2 – 4 = 1.

Plate Color Hunt

Look for license plates of a specific color. The first to spot a predetermined number of them wins.

Example Find five blue license plates while traveling through the city.

Plate Pictionary

Draw a scene or object that the letters on a license plate remind you of, and have others guess what it is.

Example A plate “CAT” might inspire a drawing of a cat lounging in the sun.

License Plate Stories

Create a short story or sentence using the letters of a license plate as the first letter of each word.

Example For “GFT,” a story could start: “Giant frogs trembled…”

Around the World

Spot license plates from as many different states or countries as possible, aiming to “travel” through continents or across the U.S.

Example Spotting a plate from California, then one from New York, and imagining the coast-to-coast journey.

Plate Detective

Guess the profession or personality of the vehicle’s owner based on the license plate and the car’s appearance.

Example A plate that reads “4RTIST” on a brightly painted van might belong to an artist.

Invent a funny or interesting meaning behind the letters and numbers on a license plate.

Example A plate “123 XYZ” could be decoded as “One-two-three, Xylophone Yodeling Zebras.”

Plate Categories

Pick a category (e.g., animals, foods, movies). Use the letters on a license plate to name something within that category.

Example For “BGR,” in the food category, you could say “Burger.”

License Plate Scramble

Rearrange the letters in a spotted license plate to form new words or phrases.

Example A plate “LVE” could be scrambled to “EVL” (Evil).

Secret Mission

Pretend each spotted license plate is a clue or code for a secret mission. Create the mission’s objective based on the plates you see.

Example A plate “007” might inspire a spy mission to uncover a mystery.

License Plate Haiku

Use the letters on a license plate to inspire a haiku. The letters can dictate the theme or specific words to use.

Example For “SNW,” a haiku could be: “Silent night whispers, Snowflakes dance on cold breezes, Winter’s breath holds tight.”

Plate Chain

Spot a license plate, then find another plate where the last letter or number of the first plate is the first letter or number of the next.

Example If you see a plate ending in “4,” find another starting with “4.”

License Plate Tag

When you see a license plate from a new state, shout it out. No repeats allowed. The person with the most unique states wins.

Example Spotting plates from Florida, then Texas, and so on, each called out once.

Number Pursuit

Choose a number (e.g., 7), and then find license plates with numbers that add up to it.

Example A plate with “313” because 3 + 1 + 3 = 7.

License Plate Bingo Deluxe

Make a bingo card with a mix of states, numbers, and colors. For example, “A blue plate from Texas” or “A plate with ‘123’.”

Example Creating a bingo card that requires spotting a green plate, a plate from Nevada, and a plate containing “567.”

Alphabetical Sentences

Use the letters from a plate to start each word of a sentence, in order. The more coherent the sentence, the better.

Example For “CAT,” a sentence could be: “Cats adore tuna.”

License Plate Riddles

Create riddles based on the letters and numbers of a license plate. For example, if the plate is “4JMP2,” the riddle could be “I jump but never play. What am I?” (Answer: A basketball).

Example For “SUN1,” a riddle might be: “I shine and rise but never run. What am I?” (Answer: The sun).

These variations of the number plate game provide a fresh and engaging way to pass the time on long car journeys, turning every new plate spotted into a mini-adventure.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles

Here are 20 brain teasers and logic puzzles designed to challenge and entertain during long car trips. These puzzles are perfect for teens and adults looking for a mental workout on the road.

Answers at the bottom of section.

Missing Dollar

Three friends check into a hotel room that costs $30. Each friend pays $10. Later, the clerk realizes the room was only $25 and gives $5 to the bellboy to return to the friends. The bellboy, however, decides to keep $2 for himself and gives $1 back to each friend. Now, each friend has paid $9, totaling $27, and the bellboy has $2. Where is the missing dollar?

Crossing the Bridge

Four people need to cross a bridge at night. The bridge can only hold two people at a time, and they have only one flashlight. The group’s speeds are 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes. How can they all cross the bridge in 17 minutes?

Farmer’s Challenge

A farmer needs to transport a wolf, a goat, and a cabbage across a river. His boat can only carry him and one other item at a time. He can’t leave the wolf alone with the goat or the goat alone with the cabbage. How can he get all three across safely?

The Three Doors

You’re in a game show with three doors. Behind one door is a car, and behind the other two are goats. You pick a door, say No. 1, and the host, who knows what’s behind the doors, opens another door, say No. 3, revealing a goat. He then asks if you want to switch to door No. 2. Should you switch?

The Hat Puzzle

Three people are captured by a bandit king. The king lines them up and places a hat on each of their heads, either black or white. Each person can only see the hat of the people in front of them, not their own or those behind. The king promises freedom to anyone who can correctly state the color of their hat. How do they figure it out?

Water Jug Problem

You have a 5-liter jug and a 3-liter jug and need to measure exactly 4 liters of water. How do you do it?

The Monty Hall Problem

Similar to the Three Doors puzzle but explore variations. For instance, what if there were 100 doors instead of three?

Two Fathers and Two Sons

Two fathers and two sons go fishing. Each catches one fish, so why do they bring home only three fish?

The Poisoned Wine

A king has 1000 bottles of wine, and one is poisoned. He has 10 prisoners to find out which one is poisoned. The poison takes effect in an hour, and the king needs the answer by the next morning. How does he figure out which bottle is poisoned with the least number of deaths?

Infinite Quarter Toss

If you toss a quarter an infinite number of times, what are the odds that you will eventually flip heads ten times in a row?

The Liar and the Truth Teller

You come to a fork in the road with two individuals. One always tells the truth, and the other always lies. You can ask one question to find out which road leads to your destination. What do you ask?

The Sock Drawer

In a dark room, you have a drawer containing 10 red socks and 10 blue socks. How many socks must you pull out to ensure you have a matching pair?

Birthday Paradox

In a room of 23 people, what’s the probability that at least two people share the same birthday?

The Escalator

A man walks up an escalator moving downward and counts 50 steps. When he walks up the same escalator, now moving upward, he counts 75 steps. How many steps would he count if the escalator were not moving?

The Four Prisoners

Four prisoners are lined up, and each has a hat placed on their head, either black or white. They can’t speak, move, or see their hat but can see the hats in front of them. How can at least one guarantee to guess their hat color correctly?

The Dropped Egg

You have two eggs and access to a 100-story building. The eggs can survive falls from certain floors without breaking. What’s the least number of drops you need to find out the highest floor from which an egg can be dropped without breaking?

The Silent Agreement

Two people, who have never met, are placed in separate rooms and can’t communicate. They are told that if they both write down the same positive whole number, they will each win that amount in dollars. However, if one writes down a number one higher than the other, that person wins $1,000,000. What number do they choose?

Locked Box with a Key Inside

You have a locked box that is transparent enough to see a key inside. The box has a hole too small for the key to fit through. How do you open the box?

Dividing the Gold

Five pirates discover a treasure of 100 gold coins. They must divide it under the rules that the most senior pirate proposes a distribution, and all pirates, including the proposer, vote on it. If half or more of the pirates vote for it, the gold is distributed that way. Otherwise, the proposer is thrown overboard, and the process repeats. How does the gold get divided?

The Racing Horses

You have 25 horses, and you want to find out the three fastest horses. You can race up to 5 horses at a time, but you don’t have a stopwatch. What’s the minimum number of races you need to identify the top 3 horses?

Answer: There’s no missing dollar. This is a common misdirection puzzle. The $27 total includes the $25 room cost plus the $2 kept by the bellboy. The three friends effectively paid $9 each ($27 total), out of which $25 went to the room and $2 to the bellboy.

Answer: The quickest way is 17 minutes:

  • The two fastest people (1 minute and 2 minutes) cross first, taking 2 minutes.
  • The 1-minute person comes back with the flashlight, taking 1 more minute (3 minutes total).
  • The two slowest people (5 minutes and 10 minutes) cross, taking 10 minutes (13 minutes total).
  • The 2-minute person comes back with the flashlight, taking 2 more minutes (15 minutes total).
  • The two fastest people (1 minute and 2 minutes) cross again, taking 2 minutes (17 minutes total).

Answer: The farmer takes the goat across first, leaves it, and returns. He then takes the wolf (or the cabbage) across, but brings the goat back with him. He leaves the goat on the original side and takes the cabbage across. Finally, he returns to pick up the goat.

Answer: Yes, you should switch. When you initially choose a door, there’s a 1/3 chance you’ve picked the car and a 2/3 chance you’ve picked a goat. After the host opens a door revealing a goat, switching gives you a 2/3 chance of winning the car, as the initial probabilities don’t change.

Answer: This puzzle’s solution depends on the specific setup and rules provided, such as the arrangement of the hats and the logic each prisoner can use based on what they see and know.

Answer: Fill the 5-liter jug and use it to fill the 3-liter jug, leaving you with 2 liters in the 5-liter jug. Empty the 3-liter jug, transfer the 2 liters into it, and fill the 5-liter jug again. Pour from the 5-liter jug into the 3-liter jug until it’s full, leaving exactly 4 liters in the 5-liter jug.

Answer: Switching doors indeed increases your chance of winning to 2/3, as initially, there’s a 1/3 chance you’ve chosen the car and a 2/3 chance the car is behind one of the other doors.

Answer: There are only three people: a grandfather, his son (who is also a father), and his grandson.

Answer: Use a binary system to label the bottles and give each prisoner a mix of wines according to the binary labels. You can identify the poisoned bottle with just one round of testing and a maximum of one death.

Answer: The probability is 1, meaning it’s certain that you will eventually flip heads ten times in a row if you flip the coin an infinite number of times.

Answer: You ask either person what the other would say is the correct road. Then you take the opposite road.

Answer: You must pull out three socks to guarantee a matching pair, as the first two could be one of each color.

Answer: The probability that at least two people share the same birthday in a room of 23 people is about 50%.

Answer: This puzzle’s solution would depend on understanding the man’s walking speed relative to the speed of the escalator, a variable not provided in the question.

Answer: Without more specifics, one strategy involves the prisoners using logical deduction based on what they see and assuming a predetermined order of guessing to ensure at least one can correctly state their hat color.

Answer: The least number of drops to find the highest safe floor can be minimized using a binary search strategy or by incrementing floors in a systematic way, but the exact number depends on the outcome of each drop.

Answer: Rational choice theory might suggest both choosing the number 1, as cooperation maximizes the reward without risking losing to greed.

Answer: The solution might involve using magnets, shaking the box until the key falls out of the lock mechanism, or other creative solutions not directly apparent from the problem statement.

Answer: The most senior pirate proposes giving one gold coin to the lowest-ranking pirate and another to one other pirate, keeping the rest. This ensures just enough votes to keep from being thrown overboard.

Answer: You need 7 races. Race the 25 horses in groups of 5, then race the winners of each group to find the fastest three.

These puzzles are sure to provide plenty of mental stimulation and spark engaging conversations, making any long car trip feel shorter.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – True or False Game Ideas

True or False games are fantastic for stimulating critical thinking and can be adapted to a wide range of themes, especially during a journey where the scenery, radio, and conversations provide endless material. Here are several themes and ideas for True or False games that can be played during a car ride.

Historical Facts – True or False: Landmarks Edition

Make up or state true facts about historical landmarks you pass or discuss during the trip.

Environmental and Geographical

Ecosystems and wildlife.

Make statements about the ecosystems or animals you might see or pass through during your journey, turning it into an educational yet fun road trip game.

Geographical Features

Claim facts about rivers, mountains, or other geographical features in the areas you’re traveling through.

Cultural and Societal

Cultural practices.

Propose true or false statements about the cultural practices of the places you’re visiting or passing by.

Say something about celebrities or historical figures associated with the areas you’re traveling through.

Innovations on the Road

Discuss inventions or technological advancements and their origins or functionalities, related or not to what you see during the trip.

Astronomy Facts

Share amazing but true (or false) facts about space, planets, or constellations that might relate to the night sky if you’re traveling after dark.

Arts and Literature

Literary legends.

Make statements about authors, books, or literary characters related to the regions you’re exploring.

Music Milestones

Assert facts about music genres, artists, or songs that come up on the radio, exploring their backgrounds and truths.

Food and Cuisine – Culinary Claims

Make claims about the local cuisines, dishes, or food production methods of the places you’re visiting.

Sports and Recreation – Athletic Achievements

Propose true or false facts about sports teams, events, or athletes from the areas you’re driving through.

Business and Economy – Corporate Conundrums

Discuss companies, startups, or economic facts related to the regions you’re in, which could include visible businesses or industries along the route.

Architecture and Urban Planning – Architectural Assertions

State facts about architectural styles, famous buildings, or urban planning trends visible on your journey.

Transportation and Travel – Vehicular Varieties

Make statements about the history, evolution, or peculiar facts of different modes of transportation you see or use.

Media and Entertainment – Entertainment Enigmas

Share surprising truths or fabrications about movies, TV shows, or celebrities connected to the locations you’re passing by.

Wildlife and Nature Conservation – Conservation Facts

Propose statements about wildlife conservation efforts, endangered species, or national parks you might encounter.

Health and Wellness – Well-being Wonders

Discuss health facts, myths, or surprising truths about wellness practices seen or relevant during your trip.

Astronomy and Space Exploration – Space Speculations

Create true or false statements about astronomical discoveries, space missions, or celestial phenomena.

Myths, Legends, and Folklore – Mythical Musings

Weave in local myths, legends, or ghost stories of the areas you’re traveling through, presenting them as true or false.

Puzzles and Brain Teasers – Logical Lore

Challenge your travel companions with logical puzzles or brain teasers that seem implausible but might actually be true.

Playing these True or False games can lead to intriguing discussions, spur curiosity, and prompt participants to learn more about a variety of topics, all while keeping the travel atmosphere lively and engaging.

Fun Car Games for Teens and Adults – Pop Culture Trivia and Radio

Here are 20 Pop culture trivia games focused on what you might hear on the radio during a long car trip. These games can make the journey more entertaining and engaging for everyone.

One person hums or describes a song without saying its title, and others guess the song.

When a song plays on the radio, the first person to shout out the correct artist wins a point.

Stop a song midway and challenge passengers to correctly finish the lyrics.

Song in a Movie

Name a song that’s playing and have participants guess which movie it was featured in.

Decade Duel

When a song comes on, players guess the decade it was released. Closest guess wins.

Identify the genre of the current song on the radio. Bonus points for naming another artist from the same genre.

Cover or Original

Decide if the song playing is a cover version or the original. Extra points for naming the original artist if it’s a cover.

Artist Association

After hearing a song, the next player must name another artist who has collaborated with the performing artist.

One-Hit Wonders

When a song by a one-hit wonder artist plays, be the first to identify them as such.


After one song ends, guess the artist of the next song before it starts.

Lyric Lookup

Someone recites lyrics from a song, and others have to name the song and artist.

Musical Connections

Name a song, then players take turns naming another song that shares a word in the title.

Guess the Album

Name the song and artist that’s playing, and challenge others to guess the album it’s from.

Song Title Synonyms

Provide a synonym for a song title (e.g., “Gigantic” for “Big”), and others guess the actual title.

Artist’s First Hit

When an artist’s song plays, challenge others to name the artist’s first hit single.

Same Era Artists

Name the artist currently playing and have players list other artists who were popular in the same era.

Award-Winning Tracks

Guess whether the current song or its artist has won a Grammy (or any other major music award) and for what category.

Song Sampler

Play the first few seconds of a song from your phone, and others guess the song and artist.

Songs often mention cities, states, or countries. When a location is mentioned in a song, be the first to shout it out.

Collaboration Call-Out

When a song featuring multiple artists plays, earn points by naming all the artists involved.

These pop culture trivia games focused on radio content are sure to make any long car trip more enjoyable and engaging, offering a fun way to explore music knowledge and preferences with friends and family.

I really hope this article has been of help. My overall aim of this website is to whole heartedly help people so they stay safe on the roads. Keeping passengers entertained and also the driver (as long as it’s safe and not distracting) is important.

If you are going on a road trip why not check out my other article on Car First Aid Kits or Best Dash Cams .

If you have any questions. please feel free to leave a comment or you can contact me directly via the contact us page.

What are road trip games, and why are they so popular?

Road trip games are fun activities to play during car rides to keep passengers entertained and pass the time. They are popular because they help create a lively atmosphere and make long journeys more enjoyable.

How can I make the most of game to play on a long car ride with adults and kids?

To make the most of your road trip games, choose a variety of games that appeal to both adults and kids, take turns playing different games, and have small prizes for winners to add excitement.

What are some classic car games that everyone in the car will enjoy?

Classic car games like “I Spy,” “20 Questions,” “Alphabet Game,” and “License Plate Game” are popular choices that can entertain both adults and kids during a long car ride.

How do I keep my younger kids entertained during a family road trip?

For younger kids, consider playing games like “I Spy with My Little Eye,” “Alphabet Game,” and “Road Trip Scavenger Hunt” that are engaging and easy to understand.

What are some creative road trip games that involve road signs and landmarks?

Games like “Road Signs Bingo,” “Road Trip Scavenger Hunt,” and “Travel Games” that require players to spot specific road signs and landmarks along the journey are both educational and fun.

How can I ensure that everyone in the car participates in the road trip games?

To ensure everyone participates, establish a rotation system where each person in the car takes turns asking questions or initiating the next game, creating an inclusive and engaging experience.

What are some engaging road trip games for older kids and adults on a long car ride?

Older kids and adults may enjoy games like “Would You Rather,” “20 Questions,” “Memory Game,” and “Road Trip Bingo” that offer a mix of humor, challenge, and interaction for a memorable journey.

How can I make the alphabet game more challenging for advanced players?

To make the alphabet game more challenging, play in alphabetical order with each player naming items starting with the next letter of the alphabet, adding a twist to the classic game.

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Fill long drives with joy by playing these fun road trip games , helping you say goodbye to boredom on the journey, no matter who you’re traveling with.

I’ve been on plenty of road trips across Europe and the U.S. in my time, and these games have helped me, friends, and fellow travelers pass the time with lots of laughs and intrigue.

Road Trip Games (Fun Games to Play in the Car)

Road trip games (list from the article)

1. Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare Questions (list)

This is a classic game, but it can be adapted to a road trip as well. Take turns picking whether you want to reveal a truth or take a dare.

In this case, you will need to pick a dare that can be done safely in the car or by stopping the car when you get the chance. Time to be creative!

Read more: 100+ Best Truth or Dare Questions

2. Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever Questions

Each player holds up five fingers, and in turn, they name something they have never done, for instance, “Never have I ever been to Italy.”

For each thing they have done, players need to fold a finger. The person who folds all five fingers first loses. This is a fun game, and if you pick the right questions, you may even learn some interesting or funny things about your friends.

Read more: 200+ ‘Never Have I Ever’ Questions

3. The Compliment Game

In this game, you go through the alphabet, and for every letter, you say a compliment about someone else in the car. For instance, “A is for how awesome Monica is,” “B is for Jack’s beautiful hair,” and so on, taking turns.

4. Most Likely to

Most Likely To Questions/Statements

Take turns and come up with “most likely to” scenarios about your friends. Everyone in the car must point to the person they believe reflects the title.

You could say things like “Most likely to become a celebrity” or “Most likely to win a Nobel prize.” If you’re out of ideas, you can find many examples online, or just try to be creative and invent fun scenarios.

Read more: 300+ “Who is Most Likely to” Questions

5. The Forbidden Word

Pick a forbidden word at the beginning of your trip. Try to aim for a word that you would normally use a lot. Keep count of how many times each person says the forbidden word.

At the end of the trip, whoever has said the word the most will have to take a pre-agreed forfeit, such as paying for a round of drinks.

6. Truth or Lie?

This is a storytelling game in which one person in the car tells a true or invented story from their past, ideally something elaborate and hard to believe.

The other people in the car take turns and get to ask one question about the story before deciding if it’s true or not. Reveal the right answer after everyone took their guess. Take turns telling stories and see who has the greatest number of correct guesses.

7. Smurfing

Pick one person in the car who will be the subject of the game. While the subject covers their ears, the other persons need to pick a verb. Then, the subject must ask questions replacing the verb with the word “smurf.”

For instance, “Do you smurf in the morning or evening” or “When did you last smurf?” They need to guess the right verb as quickly as possible. You may even decide how many questions they get to ask or set a time limit, like 2 minutes, to guess the right verb.

For Families and Kids

8. what color is it.

In this game, start naming a list of items of the same color until your kid, or one of your kids, guesses the right color. For instance, you could start by saying “Sky, sea, smurfs…” and keep going until someone guesses blue.

A classic road trip game for families and kids, “I spy” consists in choosing an object, preferably something in the car, and having other players guess by asking yes or no questions.

You can use colors or the first letter of the object. For instance, you could say “I spy with my little eye… something blue/something that starts with the letter B.” The first person to guess the object gains a point.

10. Spelling Bee

A fun and educational game, the spelling bee is easy to play in a car. You can pick random words or make it more fun by choosing a theme, possibly something kids would enjoy.

For instance, you could do a Harry Potter spelling bee with words from the book/movie. Make sure to have someone keep track of the points on a piece of paper or a note app.

11. Scavenger Hunt

This game may require a bit of preparation but it’s a great way to keep kids entertained on a long road trip.

Before the trip, prepare a list of things you would usually see on the road, like road signs, cars, animals, and so on. The person who checks the most items off the list before the end of the trip wins.

12. Car Color Search

This game also needs some preparation, but it can be very entertaining for small kids. You can draw several cars of different colors or find a ready-made sheet online and print it.

Every time they spot a car of a certain color, they cross it off the list. Whoever crosses the most cars off the list wins the game.

13. Going on a Picnic

This challenging memory game is great for adults, but you can also play it with older kids. The first person starts by saying “I’m going on a picnic, and I’ll bring…” and picks an item.

The next person repeats the sentence and adds another item, then the third adds a third item, and so on. The list will get longer and longer. The first person who can’t remember the correct list is out of the game and it resets until there is one winner.

14. Storytime

If you’re feeling creative, why not invent a fairy tale with the kids? Start with the classic fairy tale beginning “Once upon a time…” and come up with the start of a magical journey in a singular sentence.

Each player will add a sentence to the story until you either reach the end or until a set time limit elapses. You can also record the story so you can listen to it later.

15. The Quiet Game

If you’re traveling with kids and want some downtime, you can always try the quiet game. See how long your kids can go without saying a word. The first one to break the silence loses.

For Couples or Two People

16. 20 questions.

In this guessing game, one person will have to think about an object, animal, or person, and the other must ask yes or no questions to figure out what the other person is thinking.

They have a limit of 20 questions to guess the item or person. Ideally, you would start with more generic questions, like “Is it an animal” or “Is it an object?” and get more specific with questions about the size, color, and other features.

If the person guesses in less than 20 questions, they take the place of the answerer. Otherwise, the same person gets to think of a new thing.

17. The Human Jukebox

This can be a really fun song if you know song lyrics. One person starts singing a song, and the next has to connect it to another song using the last word of the lyrics, then another has to connect a new song, and so on.

For instance, “Take me down to the paradise city where the girls…. Just wanna have fun, oh girls… Who run the world? Girls. Who run…. Boy run. This world is not made for you…” And see how long you can keep going before someone is stumped.

18. 6 Degrees of Separation

A person has to name two people, objects, movies, or any other thing. You can mix them, for instance, a celebrity and a movie, that are apparently not connected. Another player has to connect the two in six statements, or less.

You could, for example, pick Uma Turman and the movie Mamma Mia. And then say “Uma Turman starred in “Kill Bill” with Lucy Liu. Lucy Liu starred in Charlie’s Angels with Cameron Diaz. Cameron Diaz had a relationship with Justin Timberlake. Justin Timberlake starred in “In Time” alongside Amanda Seyfried. Amanda Seyfried starred in Mamma Mia!”

19. Two Truths and a Lie 

Two truths and a lie ideas

This is a great game to learn more about your travel companion. Take turns and tell two truths and one line. The other person has to guess which is the lie.

You can just keep playing to discover curious facts about yourselves or make it a points game. Whoever gets to 10 correct answers first wins. Remember to choose a reward for the winner.

Read more: 2 Truths and a Lie: 200+ Lie Ideas

20. Holiday Memory Game

In this memory game, you pretend you are packing your suitcase for the holidays and need to take turns listing all the items you will pack. The first person will start by saying “I am going on a holiday and I’m taking…” and adds an item.

The next player has to repeat the sentence and add a new item then the next player will do the same. Keep adding items to the bag, repeating the entire list every time. The first person who messes up the order or forgets an item loses the game or is out. Ready to test your memory?

21. Kiss Mary Avoid

Pick three people, either someone you know or celebrities, both from past and present. You may even pick a fictional character.

The other person will need to choose which person they would kiss, marry, and avoid. Depending on your choice of people, this game can be really fun. Take turns and get creative!

22. Would You Rather

Would You Rather Questions

Time to get creative for this game where a person has to ask the other(s) what they would choose between two options.

The idea is to come up with impossible or weird choices, like “Would you rather never see again or never taste food?” If you’re out of ideas, this “would you rather” questions list can help you out. Tine to make some difficult choices.

Generally Fun Road Trip Games

23. categories.

While this is not necessarily a road trip game, it’s a really fun one to pass the time. Pick a category, anything from ice cream flavors to R&B songs. Every player takes turns naming an item in that category. See who runs out of ideas first.

24. The Humming Song Game

The game is pretty easy yet fun to play. One player must hum a famous song while the others need to guess the song. The person who guesses correctly gets to hum a new song. It may sound really easy, but it can get quite tricky.

25. Music Battle

To play this game you must be at least three passengers. One person is the judge while the others need to play songs on their phones.

Select different categories, and for each one, every player picks a song and plays it. The judge has to decide the winning song for every category.

26. Alphabet

This game consists in spotting items that start with each letter of the alphabet, in order. You can use objects in the car or on the road, like road signs, billboards, animals, or anything else you may spot.

Call out each letter and the item/word as you see it. The first person the get to Z wins. In a different version, you may pick a category, like animals, and take turns naming items in that category in alphabetic order.

One player starts by saying a word, then each passenger takes turns saying words that rhyme. Set a 15-second time limit per turn. If the person can’t come up with a word within the time limit, they are out.

The remaining person wins a point. See who gains the most point before you get to the destination or who gets to 10 points first.

28. Storyteller

The game is pretty simple but depending on how creative you get it can be very fun. One person starts a story with the first sentence. Then, everyone takes turns adding to the story.

Come up with interesting and fun plot twists to make the story more entertaining. Record it to have a memory of your road trip story.

29. Fortunately/Unfortunately

This game consists of telling a story where each sentence starts with the word “fortunately” or “unfortunately,” alternating between them.

For example: “Anna had to go to work. Unfortunately, her car broke down. Fortunately, she could take the train. Unfortunately, all trains were delayed.” Keep the story going, alternating between the two.

30. While You Were Sleeping

This is a funny game that you can play if any of the passengers falls asleep during the trip. With the other passengers, come up with an interesting and unbelievable story of something that happened while the other person was asleep.

When they wake up, tell them the story, starting with “While you were sleeping…”. Each passenger adds a little to the story to make it credible that you all witnessed it. Try not to break character and see if the other person believes your story.

31. Car Rule

To play this game, each person in the car gets to make up a random rule, and everyone has to follow it. Try to think of weird and fun rules, like “Whenever I change the radio station, everyone has to clap their hands”.

Assign points to everyone who enforces the rules except for the last person to do so. The person with the most points at the destination wins.

32. The License Plate Game

This classic road trip game can be played in different ways. You can try to spot a license plate from every US state or from different countries if you’re traveling in Europe.

Or you can try to spot a license plate starting with each letter of the alphabet, and the first one to get to Z wins. If you are playing with kids, you can even print a coloring map of the U.S. and have them color each state they spot on a license plate.

Trivia Road Trip Games

33. name that tune.

A great game for music lovers is “Name that tune”. You can simply turn on the radio or put on a Spotify playlist, making sure the song name is not visible on the display.

As soon as the song starts, the first person to shout the right song title wins a point. This is a great game to have fun, listen to music, and refresh your memory of song names.

34. Name the Artist

A different take on “Name that tune,” this game requires players to guess the artist. You can even prepare a playlist in advance and set different rules.

You can assign points based on who answers first, or you can take turns, play a song for 5 to 10 seconds, and let the player guess or pass. Whoever makes more points or reaches a set number of points first wins.

35. The Movie Game

If you know your movies and actors, you can play this potentially endless game during your road trip. To start, a person mentions an actor while another person must name a movie the actor has been in.

Another player must name a different actor in that movie, and the next player must then name another movie with that actor, and so on. See how long you can go!

36. Guess the Quote

One person in the car has to say a quote from a movie, TV show, or song, while the other passengers must guess where the quote is from.

The player who makes the right guess takes the next turn in saying a quote. Try to make it hard, and for extra fun, use the accent of the actor who said the quote.

37. “Sorry I am Late” Movie Guessing

This can be a really fun game for movie buffs. It essentially consists of saying a sentence that starts with “Sorry I am late” and continues with the main plot of a movie, told in a fun way.

For instance, “Sorry I am late, but I got a letter saying I am a wizard and I had to go to wizarding school only to find out this evil wizard has been trying to kill me since I was a newborn,” which would be Harry Potter. The person who guesses 10 movies first wins.

38. Bad Movie Plot

Another fun movie fame consists in picking a movie and explaining the plot in a really bad way, although factually correct. The other person has to guess the movie.

If they do, they win a point. Take turns and see who makes the most points or gets first to 10 correct guesses.

39. Celebrity

In this game, one person will play the character of a celebrity of their choice while the others take turns asking random questions.

The celebrity player answers the questions as if they were the famous person. The first person to guess the celebrity wins.

Long journeys in the car can often be difficult, for both you and the other passengers you are traveling with. Finding activities to pass the time can go a long way making the journey far more comfortable and enjoyable.

The beauty of these road trip games is that they require little, if any, equipment and preparation to play, yet can provide hours of fun.

Don’t let tiredness and boredom take control on a long car ride. Use these fun car games to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere, keeping your minds off the journey and giving you all an opportunity to interact and bond.

From word games to games involving famous people, there’s so much you can do in the car with minimal resources to entertain young kids, teenagers, and the whole family!

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15 Road Trip Games to Play in the Car: Blast Boredom Without Screens

Taking a road trip soon? Car trips with kids can go two ways:

Sometimes, your lucky stars align and the kids are awesome. But other times they’re so bored they start to pick on each other. Or belt out songs. Or do who knows what .

And before you know it, you’re yelling and ready to “stop the car right this minute!”

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Luckily, these great things to do in the car with kids will make it so that you never get to that awful road trip moment. Phew!

1. Would You Rather

Would you rather questions for kids are remarkably easy. You pick between two fun (or weird) things. And the answer is quick and sparks conversation.

deep would you rather questions for kids about professions

My children will play this for hours with even the simplest items.

My 5-year-old asked me yesterday, would you rather be a mermaid or unicorn?

2. Play Whiteboard Games

melting snowman game; hangman; drawing; guess the word

Bring individual whiteboards and have kids play Pictionary, create stories, practice drawing, or even do their school work if they’re older.

Find specific whiteboard games >>

3. Play the License Plate Game

It’s an old school classic that never goes out of style! See if you can find every state in the U.S. Once you’ve hit 50 (or maybe 48), you win! Grab the free printable license plate game and start playing!

4. Try Road Trip Trivia

Test how much you know about traveling and our beautiful country!

Movie and disney road trip trivia questions for your family car ride

  • Fun Road Trip Trivia Quiz
  • Great USA Trivia Questions

5. Get Into the Alphabet Game

Start with ‘A’ and work your way through the alphabet . Find letters on signs, license plates, or objects outside the car. The first to Z wins!

6. Riddles & Jokes

Can you guess the animal or thing? Have kids pick an object they love (or one they hate). Then give the other person clues until they guess it.

Or try these done for you ones:

animal who am I riddles

  • What Am I Riddles for Kids
  • Who Are You Riddles for Kids
  • Funny Kids Lunch Box Jokes

7. Never Have I Ever or Put a Finger Down

This is the game that spills all your deepest, juiciest secrets. And your family won’t be able to get enough of them.

hilarious and funny never have I ever for kids and students

Try the Never Have I Ever version . Or Put a Finger Down works great for younger kids.

Other question games that will have you laughing:

  • Who is most likely to family questions
  • Who knows me best questions

8. A Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

Print this free road trip scavenger hunt for kids or teens . Or create a list of items commonly seen on the road. Things like red cars, cows, or billboards and make your own scavenger hunt.

9. Have Kids Practice Giving Directions

My kids have played this for hours in the car. One kid gives the other directions on what to do with a piece of paper. Then, you see how well the other person follows directions. It usually doesn’t end the same way!

  • How to draw a puppy .
  • How to fold a paper airplane.
  • How to fold a napkin.

10. Play 20 Questions

One person thinks of an object, and the others have 20 chances to ask yes-or-no questions to guess what it is. Rotate roles for endless entertainment.

Related: Yes or No Questions to Ask

11. Play Hot Takes

pop culture, movies, music, and food hot take examples and ideas

A “hot take” is something a person feels strongly about that is unpopular. This game is played by people randomly calling out their hot takes. Then, everyone has a chance to weigh in. But beware, this one can get heated!

For example, “pepperoni on pizza is gross.”

*Find more funny hot takes examples >>

12. Play I Spy

This is easy to play in the car, and everyone enjoys it. Just make sure you’re choosing things IN the car or you’ll keep passing the things you spy!

13. See Who Can Say the Best Tongue Twisters

Easter tongue twisters for kids

Try  list of tongue twisters  and get kids talking! It gets everyone acting silly.

14. Trick Your Family

2 Truths and Lie can be tricky enough to keep kids guessing. It’s memorable and helps kids talk about how unique they are.

15. Play “Top 5”

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I did this with friends and we were still talking about it months later. This one requires pen and paper, but it’s easy and fun to do!

Decide on 3 topics. Then, gather notecards and write the topics at the top.

Examples include:

  • Disney villains
  • ice cream flavors
  • places you’d never visit

Next, each person writes their “top 5” for that topic in descending order.

For example, if the topic is “Disney Movies” everyone lists their top 5 in order.

Once everyone is done writing their top 5, discuss. You might agree…or you might not!

What’s Next?

Find more kids conversation games to make your car ride an adventure!

And grab the other free games in the free resource library, plus gain access to the best family-friendly ideas.

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Looking for games to play in the car? Here's 40+ best road trip games to make your drive more enjoyable.

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Road Trip Games

Road trips offer a unique opportunity for adventure, bonding, and creating lasting memories. However, hours spent in a car can sometimes lead to boredom or restlessness.

Fear not! We've compiled a list of 41 exciting road trip games that will make your journey more enjoyable and entertaining.

From classic favorites to creative twists, these games are sure to keep everyone engaged and excited throughout the ride. Whether you are taking a road trip to the Redwoods , Oregon Coast, or somewhere else in the country, you'll love these fun games to play in the car.

Car Trip Games

Buckle up...it's road trip time! Here are tons of fun games to do in the car.

1. The License Plate Game

Spot license plates from different states or countries and keep a tally of how many you find.

Get a free printable License Plate game here .

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2. 20 Questions

One person thinks of an object, and the others take turns asking yes-or-no questions to guess what it is within 20 attempts.

Fun car trip games can be as simple as taking turns describing something you see, saying "I spy with my little eye something that starts with (a letter). Everyone has to guess what you saw.

4. Would You Rather Travel Road Games

Pose challenging dilemmas and ask each other to choose between two equally difficult choices.

Get a free printable of 40 Would You Rather Questions for kids here or grab this Would You Rather question book from Amazon here .

5. Name That Tune

Hum or sing a few bars of a song, and challenge others to guess the title and artist.

6. The Alphabet Game

Starting with 'A,' look for words on signs or license plates that begin with each letter of the alphabet, in order.

7. Animal Name Game

Take turns naming animals in alphabetical order. Each person must name an animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal's name.

8. Never Have I Ever

Share something you've never done, and those who have done it lose a point. The first person to reach zero points wins.

Print off these Never Have I Ever questions for kids pdf to get you thinking!


9. Car Bingo

Create your own bingo cards with common road trip sights like cows, billboards, and specific car models. Cross off each item as you spot them.

Or use these printable PDF Car Bingo or Road Trip Bingo game cards. Download here.

good road trip games to play

10. 20 Questions

Similar to the classic game, but this time limit the questions to a specific category, like movies or sports.

11. Story Chain

Start a story with a sentence, and each person adds a sentence to continue the narrative. See where the story goes!

12. Movie Quotes

Take turns quoting famous movie lines, and challenge others to guess the film.

13. The Singing Game

Pick a word, and each person has to sing a song that includes that word within a given time frame.

14. Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament

Compete in a mini-tournament of rock, paper, scissors with the winner advancing to the next round.

15. Name that Celebrity

Describe a famous person without revealing their name, and challenge others to guess who it is.

16. Who Am I?

Write down the name of a famous person and stick it on someone's forehead. They must then ask yes-or-no questions to figure out their identity.

17. Rhyme Time

Take turns coming up with words that rhyme with a given word.

18. Guess the Movie

Give a brief description of a movie, and the others must guess the title.

19. The Picnic Game

Start with "I went on a picnic and brought…" Each person adds an item to the list and recites all the previous items before adding their own.

20. Name the Tune

Hum or whistle a popular tune, and challenge others to guess the song.

21. The Grocery Game

Take turns naming grocery items in alphabetical order. Each person must name an item that starts with the last letter of the previous item's name.

22. Team Storytelling

Split into teams and take turns telling a story, with each team member adding a sentence or two to continue the plot.

23. Finish the Lyrics

Play a snippet of a song and pause before the lyrics, challenging others to complete the missing words.

24. Geography Game

Take turns naming cities or countries, with each new entry starting with the last letter of the previous location.

25. Name the Capital

Name a country, and the next person must name its capital city. Continue until someone can't think of an answer.

26. The Word Association Game

Say a word, and each person must quickly respond with the first word that comes to mind.

27. Movie Characters

Take turns naming characters from movies, with each new entry starting with the last letter of the previous character's name.

28. License Plate Acronyms

Create acronyms from the letters on a license plate and challenge others to decipher them.

29. Alphabet Songs

Sing songs that start with each letter of the alphabet, in order.

30. The Emoji Game

Communicate a phrase or word using only emojis, and challenge others to guess the answer.

31. Name that Book

Give a brief description of a book, and the others must guess the title and author.

32. Word Chain Vehicle Games to play

Start with a word, and each person adds a new word that begins with the last letter of the previous word.

33. The Spelling Bee

Take turns spelling challenging words, and eliminate players with each incorrect spelling.

34. Finish the Proverb

Provide the beginning of a famous proverb or saying, and challenge others to complete it.

35. Categories

Choose a category (e.g., fruits, animals) and take turns naming items within that category. The first person to repeat or can't think of an answer loses.

36. Name the Flag

Describe a country's flag, and the others must guess which country it belongs to.

37. Animal Sounds

Take turns imitating animal sounds and challenge others to guess the animal.

38. The Movie Alphabet

Name movies in alphabetical order, with each person naming a movie that starts with the last letter of the previous movie's title.

39. Memory Game

Start with a phrase like "I packed my suitcase and brought…" Each person repeats the previous items and adds a new one to test memory.

40. The 5-Second Rule

Challenge players to name three things that fit a given category within five seconds.

41. Count the Cars

Choose a specific type or color of car, and count how many you see until you reach a predetermined number.

Embarking on a road trip doesn't have to be a dull experience. With these 41 road trip games, you and your fellow travelers can turn long hours on the road into fun-filled adventures.

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21 Cool Road Trip Games to Try on Your Next Family Adventure

Because no, you're not there yet!

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We found some easy, DIY road trip games, just like the kind you used to play when you were packed in the car (and some interesting new games to try, too). All you need is some paper, some markers, maybe a few magnets, a little forethought (many of these have to be printed ahead of time), and miles of open road in front of you. Bust out these games on your next excursion and you'll have a car full of happy campers (yourself included) — and if a cabin or tent is your destination, explore our guide to the best camping activities too.

License Plate Map

Road Trip Games - Happiness Is Homemade License Plate Maps

This will keep their eyes on the road: Each time a kid spots a license plate from a different state, they get to color it in on the map. It's a fun game and a mini-geography lesson.

Get the tutorial at Happiness Is Homemade »

The Updated Slug Bug Game

Best Road Trip Games - The Trip Clip Slug Bug

The VW Beetle is no more, but "Punch Buggy" or "Slug Bug" lives on. Instead of having your kids give their siblings a whack in the arm every time you see a VW, give them this coloring sheet and have them tally up the number they see on paper.

Get The Slug Bug Game at The Trip Clip »

LEGO Tic-Tac-Toe

Now you can play endless tic-tac-toe games without using up endless notebook paper. Plus, kids get a kick out of assembling the board.

Get the tutorial at Mama Papa Bubba »

Dole Out Car Bucks

As you tally up the victories for I Spy and 20 Questions, give out some "car bucks" to the winners. (You can also dole some out for good behavior — we're not above bribery.) Then, at the end of the trip, have your kids redeem their money for stickers and other prizes.

Get the car bucks at Printable Crush »

These printable games are all based on what your kids see on the road. They can't mark off a square until they spy a stop sign, blue car, or other object on the list. If you're feeling fancy, you can laminate the sheets and use a dry erase marker for a washable and reusable game board.

Get the tutorial at Simply Designing »

The Alphabet Race

Mom or Dad starts the game by pulling a letter alphabet token out of a container. Whoever spots that letter out the window first (on a billboard or license plate, for example) gets to keep the token. Whoever has the most tokens in the end wins!

Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte »

Popsicle Stick Playing Cards

Who says cards aren't easy to play in the car? This popsicle stick set is easy to hold and a lifesaver when the kids are craving a game of Go Fish.

Get the tutorial at Instructables »

Word Explorer

Before hitting the road, print out a binder full of these puzzles, which can be tailored to your kids based on their reading skills.

Get the tutorial at I Heart Naptime »

Conversation Starters

If your kids are too old to be entertained by toys and games, use this list of interesting questions to get a discussion going.

Get the tutorial at Kitchen Concoctions »

'Star Wars' Mad Libs

Prepare for hours of laughter when rebels, Jedi, and princesses get mixed up in silly adventures you help create with these fill-in-the-blank mad libs.

Get the tutorial at Get Away Today »

Would You Rather

This Disney edition asks kids questions about Cinderella's glass slippers, the seven dwarfs, and more. Which would you choose: Elsa's blonde braid or Merida's red curls?

Get the tutorial at Oh So She Says »

Activity Tray

This blogger spray-painted a cookie sheet with chalkboard paint to create a magnetic activity tray kids can draw and play on.

Get the tutorial at I Heart Arts n Crafts »

Travel Puzzle

The best kind of games are the ones that teach your kids while entertaining them, like this "puzzle" that'll help your children learn how to spell.

Get the tutorial at Reading Confetti »

An oldie but goodie, this game will keep your kids guessing in the backseat as you navigate the roads.

Get the tutorial at Urban Bliss Life »

Disney Guess Who

Challenge your kids to figure out which Disney character you're talking about with this DIY magnetic version of Guess Who. Since you're making the game pieces yourself by printing them on magnetic paper , if your kids aren't Disney fans (what?!) you can use whatever theme you like, from Star Wars to Sesame Street .

Get the tutorial at Make It Scrappin' »

Drawing Game

Encourage your kids to be creative with these drawing prompts, which challenge them to think about what might be inside the trucks they're driving past or what's coming down the road.

Get the tutorial at Picklebums »

Adventure Cootie Catcher

When you get to the inside of this cootie catcher, you don't get a fortune. Instead, you get a challenge, like picking a category and naming as many things as you can that fit the category in one minute.

Road Sign Bingo

For another twist on car bingo, instead of spotting license plates, try to find all of the different street signs.

Roll the Dice

The sides are filled with drawing prompts, like shapes, images, and colors, that get mixed up in silly combos when they roll. The kit also comes with "action" dice to make kids shake their legs and arms during a pit stop.

This kids' travel tray comes with a playmat for all of their action figures, plus tons of pockets for markers and crayons (or snacks).

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14 Road Trip Games Adults Will Actually Enjoy

Before tablets and podcasts, we used games to keep us entertained. For your next road trip, try some of these games to keep you going along the way.


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Road trips always seem like a great idea at the beginning, and they are! But let's face it: spending hours on end in a moving metal box with the same people can take its toll on your patience. Especially if energetic kids are involved.

So here, to combat potential boredom and irritability in passengers any age, are some fun road trip games to keep everyone in the car happy:, 1. if you have some sleepy passengers in the car, you should definitely play "while you were sleeping.".

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The Game: Create the most believable story when someone falls asleep

• First, a passenger must fall asleep

• After five minutes of slumber, the awake passengers begin creating a story

• Each person takes turns adding to the story

• Once the passenger wakes up, you have to get them to believe the story

• If somebody breaks character, they lose a point

• If somebody goes off script, you ask, "Are you sure?" and then that person is silenced and loses two points

• If you successfully fool the person, each storyteller wins three points

• If the sleeping passenger fools the car and joins their story correctly, they steal their current point total

• The one with the most points at the destination wins

2. Change ONE letter of a title and get people to guess it by describing the plot.

The game:  Change ONE letter of a title and get people to guess it by describing the plot. Unfortunately this game doesn't have a name like the others do, but it's still super fun and you can play it anywhere.

• Pick a movie, video game, TV show, or book title and change one letter of it. Don't pick anything to obscure.

• Get people to guess it by describing the plot of the new title you created. For example, you might change Beauty and the Beast to Beauty and the F east , and make up a new plot about a beautiful woman who runs a catering company and has to plan the biggest meal of her career.

• Adding or subtracting a letter from the title also works, just as long as it's still only one letter. Example: Star Warts  instead of Star Wars

3. For a good old-fashioned guessing game, play "21 Questions."

good road trip games to play

The Game: Guess what a person is thinking in 21 questions

• Someone thinks of something

• Then the car begins by asking questions

• You can't repeat a question that has been asked

• Whoever guesses it right gets to start the next round

4. If your car mates are current and hip on events, then you should play "Did You Hear That...?"

good road trip games to play

The Game: Pop culture and news collide for a fun game of fact or fiction

• You are trying to fool your opponent

• You start by asking, "Did you hear that _______ happened?"

• Your opponent can either say, "That didn't happen," or, "Tell me more."

• If they correctly guess that it didn't happen, the opponent gets two points

• If they incorrectly guess that it didn't happen, you steal one point and gain two additional

• If you are asked, "Tell me more," points double at the end of the statement

5. For a car full of human jukeboxes, play "The Singing Game."

good road trip games to play

The Game: Connect song lyrics for a fun sing-along game

• One person starts singing a song

• Using a lyric from the song, the next person has to connect it with another song

• It continues on until somebody messes up the lyrics or is stumped

• "I kissed a girl and I..."

• "...Really, really, really like you..."

• "...Doing that thing you do, breaking my heart into a million..."

6. If your car is full of film buffs, play "The Movie Game."

good road trip games to play

The Game: Connect actors through movies they have starred in

• The game starts with an actor/actress

• The next person has to say a movie that they were in

• The following person has to state another actor/actress from that movie

• It continues on

• If someone is incorrect, they have to sit out the next round

• Elijah Wood

• Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

• Sean Astin

7. When you have a car full of optimists, play "Fortunately/Unfortunately."

good road trip games to play

The Game: Making a fortunate situation out of an unfortunate situation

• One person starts by saying "Fortunately" and mentioning something fortunate

• The next person has to follow by saying something unfortunate about the previous situation

• Move clockwise around the car switching between fortunate and unfortunate situations

• If somebody stumbles, they get a strike. Three strikes, and you're out

• Last man standing wins

• Fortunately, this will be my first time seeing the Grand Canyon

• Unfortunately, it was invaded by Martians just last week

• Fortunately, I just finished my course in extraterrestrial communications

8. All know-it-alls will spark some fierce competition if you play "The Alphabet Categories."

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• This is NOT the road sign game; you name things in alphabetical order from a category

• You start with a category like food, bands, cars, etc.

• You start with A and travel down the alphabet

• You can get as specific with your categories as you want

9. If you love to get your snack on, definitely play "Regional Food Master."

good road trip games to play

The Game: Collect the most regional snacks between the start and finish of your road trip

• At each gas station you stop at, you have to find a local snack

• You can only get one food item per gas station

• The food item has to be created within the region the stop is located

• Whoever has the most snacks by your destination wins

• Duplicate cities don't count

10. For the spontaneous math wizards, play "The Counting Game."

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The Game: See how high you can collectively count without any order

• Somebody random begins with the number one

• Another person follows at random with the next number

• If two people say the same number at the same time, you start over

• If there is more than a five-second pause, you start over

• You are trying to get to the number 20

11. For all the walking encyclopedias, play "The Name Game."

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The Game: Connect first and last names of famous people

• Start with the name of anyone famous (besides yourself, duh...)

• The next person has to say a person whose first name starts with the letter of the previous last name

• If somebody mentions a person where both the first and last name start with the same letter, the game reverses in order (e.g., Bob Barker, Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, etc.)

• Tom Brady

• Billy Joel

• Janet Jackson (reverse!)

• John Oliver

12. For the aspiring DJs in your car, play "Battle of the Bands."

good road trip games to play

The game: Two people battle to pick the best song based on a category

• One person gives a theme, like "songs about cities" or "love songs"

• Two contestants have 60 seconds

• Each contestant takes a turn playing their selected song

• The car judges the two selections and picks a winner

• Tally up scores at the end of the game

13. If you consider yourself a wordsmith, then definitely play "Word Association."

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The Game: See how far you can string along words through association

• The name of the game is associations

• One person begins with a word

• The following person has to think of a word that is associated

• The game continues until somebody messes up or says something far-out

• Taco Salad

14. If you are looking for an easy laugh, play "Cows on My Side."

good road trip games to play

The Game: Holler when you see a cow!

• When you see a cow on your side of the road, you have to yell, "Cows on my side!"

• Every time you call a cow, you get a point

• If you see cows on the other side you say, "Cows on your side!"

• If you call, "Cows on your side," before the person sees them, you steal a point

• If anyone sees a cemetery they scream, "Ghost cow," stealing all the other side's points

15. And if you want to kick it old-school, play "The Alphabet Game."

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The Game: This is the classic alphabet game everyone knows and loves. Go through alphabet using words on signs

• You are trying to find words in alphabetical order

• You can use billboards, business, and road signs

• You can't use license plates

• The first one to get to the end of the alphabet wins

• Once a word is said, nobody else can repeat that word

Have a favorite road trip game? Add it in the comments below!

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These Road Trip Games Are So Fun, Your Kids Won't Ask "Are We There Yet?" Once

The tech-free car activities on our list will also help you connect with your kids—whether they're five or 15—on a deeper level.

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  • School-Age Kids
  • Tweens and Teens

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The modern family road trip may look very different from the one you, your siblings, and your parents took decades ago, when you drove cross-country with maps instead of GPS, CDs in a Discman that skipped when you went over bumps, and nothing but pre-texting-era postcards to keep in touch with family and friends back home.

But one thing, at least, hasn't changed: Family road trips, whether an hour-long trip to your beach house or a multi-state adventure through the National Parks , offer valuable time to connect and bond with the other travelers in your car—especially if you can convince everyone to set aside their tablets, phones, and earbuds.

Classic road trip games like I Spy, Two Truths and a Lie, or Spot the License Plate have helped pass the time for families on cars, trains, and planes for generations. Bri DeRosa, content manager for Boston-based nonprofit The Family Dinner Project , suggests adding the games below to your lineup; all can be modified for different age groups and played with no equipment and no planning—just your presence. "When you purposefully interact with each other, whether it's at meal time or playing a game during a road trip, are intentional about spending that time together, and try to do so in a way that's fun, the message you are sending is that you, as a family, are important enough to each other to be together without distraction," she says.

Road Trip Games to Play With Toddlers and Preschoolers

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When you need a break from Disney soundtracks and handing out snacks, try one of these games that are just right for your youngest travelers (and their older siblings, too).

Cat and Cow

This incredibly simple game is a favorite for little ones, says DeRosa. One person alternates saying either "Cat" or "Cow"—switch between them, but say each as many times in a row as you want—and the rest of the players respond with either "meow" or "moo." "You do it quickly and it ends up with everybody just dissolved in laughter because meow and moo are so similar," says DeRosa. "Little kids love it—their favorite thing to do is be the person who dictates cat and cow to watch their parents mangle it."

Different Drummers

In this rhythm game, one person acts as the leader, tapping out a syncopated pattern on the dashboard, on their knees, or on a book on their lap, while the rest of the group follows. Have younger kids match your beat in a follow-the-leader-style game, and add tricky changes or quick stops to make it harder for older ones, says DeRosa.

Think of this as celebrity charades without the action, says DeRosa: One person describes someone the entire group knows, one detail at a time, and other players see who can correctly name the person first. Who counts as a celebrity can depend on the age range of your players: A favorite swimming teacher, the mailman, Grandpa, or Bluey are equally worthy choices for the preschool set.

Road Trip Games to Play With School-Age Kids


Give the "Are we there yet?" group something else to talk about with these games—which are more fun when the whole car participates.

Can You Remember?

Turn your family's powers of observation into a game that's perfect for slow highways, rest stop meals, or rides along stretches of dull terrain. This game requires no preparation, says DeRosa: "People close their eyes and you challenge them to remember what’s around them: What color is dad's shirt? What's your sister wearing in her hair?" If you’re outside the car in an unfamiliar place, give everyone 30 seconds to look around before quizzing them on the photos on the wall, what types of cake are in the dessert case at the diner where you're having lunch, or how many flavors of potato chips this mini-mart sells.

Story by Sentence

Any type of storytelling game is a hit with school-age kids, says DeRosa. In the most basic version, go around the car with each person adding one sentence to a made-up story, building on the details that came before. If you need a little creative inspiration, products like Story Cubes or Story Stones offer pictures of animals, places, people, and things to get your tale started; for a free alternative, have each person in the group name one item in a given category that must be included in the final story (then enjoy coming up with a story about a pink dinosaur going bowling on the moon).

Family History

Draw on classic stories from your parents, grandparents, and extended relatives for this trivia game, which tests players on how well they know their family background. Which of your grandmothers went to Woodstock? Which of your grandfathers was in the Navy? Which uncle broke his arm on a Boy Scout camping trip? Which aunt lived in Spain after college? "Let kids try to guess or remember who did what," says DeRosa. "It's a really excellent way of strengthening that family heritage, and their sense of belonging within their family unit."

Road Trip Games to Play With Tweens and Teens


These more challenging—and funnier—games just might tempt your older kids away from their devices.

Alphabet Games

Alphabet games are classics for any age, whether you're spotting letters on license plates and signs with preschoolers or having school-age kids create an alphabetical list of what they're bringing on a picnic. But tougher versions can be surprisingly engaging for tweens and teens who think they’ve outgrown this type of activity.

DeRosa's favorite modification: Require players to use the last letter of the previous answer as the first letter of their answer—no repeated letters allowed. Choosing a tricky category can make this more interesting, too: Try celebrity actors (where Brad Pitt could be followed by Tom Holland, but not Taylor Swift, for example), countries, or cities.

Higgledy Piggledy

This rhyming game is one of DeRosa's family's favorites—a standby for waiting in airports and for long trips. One person thinks of two rhyming words, then gives a clue to the rest of the group, who must guess the pair of words. "For example, you think of funny bunny, and the clue is something like, hilarious furry mammal," she says. "It's silly and engaging, but also really enough of a brainteaser for older kids not to get bored."

The Song Game

Convince your teens to take out their earbuds with a few rounds of this music-and-lyrics-based game. Choose a specific word or category, and take turns coming up with lyrics or songs that include them; the last person to come up short is the winner. "Maybe the word is love, or make it harder with a category like transportation—and you might use 'Leavin’ on a Jet Plane' or 'Midnight Train to Georgia,'" says DeRosa.

2-Minute Interview

This fast-paced, either-or game might help you learn a thing or two about your quietest kids (particularly those tight-lipped teens). "Set the timer, and choose someone to be the interviewer, then see how many either/or questions you can ask and answer in two minutes," DeRosa says. (A few ideas to get started: summer or winter, chocolate or vanilla, socks or no socks, pizza or tacos, planes or trains, Woody or Buzz, ocean or lake.)

Simple Conversation Starters

Another take on Q&A games doesn't require the timer. Instead, have a stock of conversation starters or would-you-rathers at the ready: What three items would you take to a desert island? If you had a time machine, what would you do? If you could change a rule, what would it be? "Ask them things that are not about life, school, homework, friend struggles, and odds are, they are going to eventually loosen up and talk about the things you want to know," says DeRosa. "Road trips are the perfect opportunity for families to find those moments of reconnection."

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A good road trip is about so much more than just reaching your final destination —it’s about the unforgettable memories you create along the way! So when you head off on your spring or summer travels this year, be sure to include some fun road trip games on your list of travel essentials . And if you need a little inspiration, check out our collection of the best road trip games!

There’s something here for everyone to enjoy, from classic games like 20 Questions and Word Association to spontaneous challenges like Road Trip Dares and While You Were Sleeping. Most of these games are fun for all ages, too! Whether you’re traveling solo, with your significant other, or with a group of friends or family , these road trip games will add laughter to the miles ahead. So, pack your neck pillows , buckle up, and let the games begin!

20 Questions

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You can’t go wrong with a classic! This guessing game challenges players to guess a specific person, place, or thing within 20 questions. Here’s how it typically works: One player thinks of a subject, and the other players try to guess what it is by asking yes-or-no questions. The guessers use the answers to eliminate possibilities and refine their guesses. The game continues with the guessers asking questions until they either guess the correct answer or they have asked 20 questions without guessing correctly.

Word Association

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This is a fun but engaging game that challenges players to think quickly and make connections between words. To begin: The starting player says a word out loud. It can be anything—a noun, verb, adjective, etc. The next player must quickly respond with a word that is associated with it. This association can be based on similarity, opposites, wordplay, or any other creative connection. Each player after then responds with a word associated with the previous word. Players must respond quickly to keep the game flowing smoothly. If a player can’t think of a related word within a reasonable time frame or if their word doesn’t have a clear association with the previous word, they are out of that round. The game continues with players taking turns contributing words to the chain until everyone forfeits!

Cows On My Side

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This classic road trip game challenges players to spot and count cows on their side of the car. As the car travels along, players keep an eye out for cows on their designated side of the car. When a player spots a cow on their side, they call out “Cow on my side!” or simply “Cow!” The player who spotted the cow earns a point for each cow they see. However, if a player sees a cow on the opposite side of the car and calls it out, they lose all their points from that round. Whoever has the most points at the end of the trip wins the game!

Radio Roulette

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This road trip-friendly twist on Name That Tune involves guessing the artists and titles of songs you hear on the radio. To play, choose a “DJ” to control the radio. They will flip through the stations, manually or instead using preset buttons, and play snippets of songs (around 15 seconds). The first player to identify the song wins, with one point being awarded for naming the song, its artist, or its album. 

Carpool Karaoke

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Inspired by the famous segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden , participants take turns singing along to their favorite songs while someone records the performance. (Did you know that this is how Jonathan and Zooey met ?!) To enhance the experience, consider bringing along props like microphones, sunglasses, or inflatable guitars! And remember, Carpool Karaoke is all about having a blast and enjoying each other’s company while belting out tunes. So don’t worry about hitting all the right notes—just let loose and sing your heart out!

Would You Rather?

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The goal of this game is to spark conversation and laughter by presenting players with amusing or thought-provoking “Would You Rather” scenarios. Designate one player to be the moderator, who will present two hypothetical “Would You Rather” scenarios to the other players. For example, the moderator might ask, “Would you rather have to sing everything you say or dance every time you hear music?” Players then take turns answering the question, explaining their choice and reason behind it. This often leads to lively discussions and debates among the players!

Travel Bingo

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Create bingo cards on pieces of notebook paper for everyone with common road trip sights like road signs, vehicles, landmarks, animals, or anything else relevant to the journey. Players then mark off each item they see, and the first player to complete a row, column, or diagonal of marked-off items shouts “Bingo!” to signal their win. 

Storytelling Relay

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In this collaborative and imaginative game, players work together to create a story one sentence at a time. The starting player begins the story by saying a single sentence. Then, each subsequent player adds to the story by contributing their own sentence, building upon the events or characters introduced by the previous player. Players can get as creative or silly as they like, introducing new characters, plot twists, settings, or conflicts. That way, it keeps the story entertaining.

While You Were Sleeping

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 Got a snoozing car mate? This is where the road trip fun really begins! Five minutes after a passenger falls asleep, the rest of the people in the car begin crafting a believable story to tell the sleeper when they wake up. Points are gained for fooling the sleeper or lost for breaking character or going off-script. If the sleeper successfully joins the story, then they steal the current point total. The one with the most points at the end of the trip wins.

Road Trip Dares

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This game will surely add an element of excitement and spontaneity to your journey! Take turns drawing dares from a hat or assigning them randomly to passengers. Dares could include dancing at a rest stop, striking a pose at a landmark, or singing a silly song. Remember, the goal of this game is to add laughter and entertainment to your journey, so make sure the dares are safe and enjoyable for everyone involved. 

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10 Death Road To Canada

Classic road trip vibes with a zombified twist.

When the zombie apocalypse inevitably breaks out across the United States, Death Road To Canada understands that the only logical place to go for safety against the undead hoard is someplace north of the Canadian border.

As such, you (and a friend if you choose to play the fantastic couch co-op mode) must embark on a zombie-smashing, occasionally car-crashing adventure to the safety of Canada, knowing all the while that if you don't play your cards right, this could be the last road trip you ever take.

9 The Long Drive

Every driver's worst nightmare.

The Long Drive is a game that seeks to replicate the feeling of being hopelessly lost, looking up and down the map, and eventually just giving up and driving because, well, the road has to lead somewhere, right?

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It does this by randomizing everything and making pretty much every attempt at progressing a complete nightmare. We love this. The Long Drive is, after all, just fun to play , and its chaotic premise is precisely why we find ourselves coming back again and again, just to see what happens next.

8 The Oregon Trail

You have died of dysentery.

The Oregon Trail is as road trip as it gets, even if it never once has you stepping foot into the rusted shambles of a 1975 AMC Pacer. Together with a family of your own creation, you'll hobble through a series of troubling status ailments, and occasionally get to play a fun hunting game, too.

In all seriousness, we love The Oregon Trail. It's one of the most important games ever made, and it is the definition of a classic road trip adventure.

7 Final Fantasy 15

Fantasy epic meets rubber tires.

Yes, as odd as it may seem, Final Fantasy 15, a core entry in one of the fantasy genre's most iconic franchises, is, when all is said and done, ultimately about taking a nice car and driving it across the country until it inevitably breaks down.

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For as many issues as the game has with pacing, we like to think that these only serve to enhance the feeling of being on a long-winded road trip that Final Fantasy 15 gleefully transforms into an epic RPG with titanic boss fights, fancy cars, and wedding politics.

6 Heading Out

A new road every time.

Heading Out is an intriguing mixture of racing game and visual novel , with sprinkles of the roguelike genre placed on top just for good measure.

With a presentation style that screams passion and excitement and a heavy basis on classic road trip and driving movies, Heading Out is a fantastic adventure that's worth replaying over and over again. After all, you never know what exactly you'll end up finding out there on the open road.

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If you've never heard the term before, a jalopy is defined as "an old car in dilapidated condition", and trust us, that's a great title for a game all about taking a beat up hunk of dysfunctional tin and attempting to drive it from Berlin to Turkey with your uncle.

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This is a game that understands the anxiety of driving something that really should not be on the road , and at every turn requires you to think about what needs to be replaced in your beat-up old lemon, and how to get the money for repairs in an engaging gameplay loop.

4 Talking To My Dad

Just talk, and maybe listen.

One of the most crucial aspects of the road trip archetype in storytelling is unfortunately also its real world equivalent's most painful; at some point, you have to have a conversation, and it's going to have to get personal. Them's the breaks.

Talking To My Dad boils the trip itself down into just that one, painfully awkward conversation, and as a result, feels very real, focused, and personal. For that reason, we get the feeling that this free indie browser game isn't going to be for everybody, but if it's for you, it's really for you.

3 Road Trip Adventure

An open world racing rpg.

Also known as Everywhere Road Trip, this cult classic racing adventure game will have you racing across the globe in order to become the president. No, we're not kidding, that is actually the plot of this game.

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The game defies its otherwise particularly forgettable name with some wild surprises and captivating gameplay, combining open world, racing, and adventure elements into one of gaming's most overlooked masterpieces. Seriously, if you can, hunt down this PS2 classic and give it a try. We promise, you'll be hooked.

2 Pacific Drive

Where you're going...yeah, you'll still need roads.

In choosing to combine a solitary road trip through northern California with an interdimensional threat, Pacific Drive manages to present you with tried and true ideas that still come across well enough to convince you that its developers have re-invented the wheel in the best way possible.

Pacific Drive feels unique, complicated, slick, and above all else, mysterious. It keeps you guessing and engaged all the way through, ironically making it leagues more interesting than any real world road trip we've ever taken, all while keeping the road trip aesthetic intact.

1 The Last Of Us

Gaming's greatest road trip.

Argue all you like, but when you get right down to it, The Last Of Us is a road trip, and a pretty darn good one at that. Two misfit characters journey across the country in the aftermath of a terrifyingly realistic fungal disease which transforms everyone into a monster, infected or not.

With its outstanding character writing, tense atmosphere, and heart wrenching conclusion, The Last Of Us is an all-time great, and may forever be remembered as gaming's most beloved road trip, regardless of how you feel about the controversial sequel.

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Family road trips are so fun, and it’s fantastic to hit the road and check out the scenery as you go, but if you’re going on a long drive make sure you have some road trip games to keep everyone happy and entertained.

I remember playing games with my sister in the backseat of our car, and for the most part, we had fun. It was around the 4-hour mark that we started to go squirrely. I wish we had prepared ourselves with this epic list of fun road trip games. It would have made road trips stress-free and fun!

Road Trip Games for the Entire Family

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“I spy with my little eye…something that is….” I think this is a classic that we all love to play when we’re hitting the road. Everyone takes turns saying, “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” and you say the color of something you see. Everyone can take turns guessing what you’ve picked based on the color you say.

Whoever picks the proper object gets to choose an object next.

2. 20 Questions

Take turns picking something in a category like Type of Bird – Blue Jay. Don’t tell anyone, and everyone goes around and asks you a question about what you’ve chosen. They get to ask you 20 questions combined, and then they need to guess what you picked. They need to ask questions with a yes or no answer.

3. Alphabet

Pick a topic like Tv Shows, or Songs and everyone goes around taking turns saying one thing in that category that starts with the letters of the alphabet in order.

4. Quiet Time

Who can be quiet the longest? Kids and adults can use this time to read, go on electronics or have a nap, and whoever can go the longest, being quiet wins! Mad libs are also great for quiet time.

5. License Plate Game

Everyone keeps track of the different license plates from other states. Whoever can find the most from different states win! You could also put together a scorning system beforehand based on how far the states are.

6. I’m Going on an Adventure Memory Game

Everyone takes turns adding one thing that they’re taking on an adventure, and the next person needs to remember what was said beforehand and then add their item. The first person starts by saying something like, “I’m going on an adventure, and this is what I pack. A backpack. “

The next player says the same but add their item to the end. Keep going until someone make a mistake. If you make a mistake, you’re out. Last person to complete the sentence with everyone’s things wins!

7. Would You Rather

Take turns saying statements like, “would you rather kiss a frog or kiss a mouse.” Anything goes. Take turns going around to see what everyone picks. Take turns asking the would you rather question.

8. Categories

Pick a category and take turns naming things from that category. An example would be. Dogs. Golden retriever, poodle, etc. Keep going until someone can’t name anything else.

9. Truth or Dare

This feels like a classic. Take turns asking someone if they pick truth or dare and then ask them a question if they choose truth or give them a fun dare if they decide dare.

10. Story Time

One person starts by adding to the story. Add a word at a time, but you can’t forget the words there were added before yours. Repeat the story that was said before your turn, and then add your word. Whoever messes up the order of the words first is out. Last person to recite the story without making a mistake wins.

11. Scavenger Hunt

This game might take some preparation before you hit the road, but it will be fun for everyone. Before you go on your trip, make a list of things to find on a piece of paper. While you’re on the road, give the list to everyone so they can check off the items as they see them.

The first person to find all the items wins! Hopefully, by the end of the trip, everyone will have all the things checked off.

12. Rhyming Game

Everyone gets a chance to pick a word to start with; then, the second person has to say a word that rhymes with the first person’s word. Keep going until you can’t think of any more rhyming words.

13. Name the Song

Take turns humming a song until someone can guess the song’s name. If you want to make it a bit more challenging, guess the singer’s name too!

14. Never Have I Ever

“Never have I ever kissed a frog.” Take turns going around to each person so they can say their own never have I ever statement. Anyone who has also never done what’s said in the statement puts their hands up. It’s a fun game to get to know everyone and a great icebreaker.

15. Rock Paper Scissors

Two people face off in rock, paper scissors. Take turns picking rock, paper, or scissors and whoever wins gets the point.

16. Thumb Wars

One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war. Play mini-games by trying to trap your opponent’s thumb under your own. A fun game to play for all ages.

17. Spelling Game

Have a spelling bee in the car. One person can ask for the words to be spelled out, and every correct spelled word is a point. Whoever has the most points after a particular time or amount of words wins.

18. Reading Game

Everyone can bring a book or a few mini books and take turns reading for everyone. It’s a great way to connect by seeing what type of books everyone likes to read.

19. Connection

This one is fun because it can be tricky. Pick two people or two things and try to find three ways they can connect. Everyone can take turns picking, and everyone else has to try to find ways to connect.

20. First to See

Someone picks something to look out for, and the first person to see it wins a point. You can choose a specific license plate, an airplane, a tall building, anything works!

21. Mini Car Games for Kids

You can find some fun mini car games like tic tac toe, chess, checkers that are super fun to play for all ages. You can sometimes even find fun board games like monopoly and sorry in mini-sized games for the car.

22. Games on Apps

You can download some great multiplayer games on your electronics like headbands, minute to win it, sudoku, ping pong, and some fun strategy or math games. These are all super fun and could even be used for a family games night.

You can download some great trivia games on your phone and ask questions. You can play one-on-one or with everyone in the car.

Download a poker app and get others to join you. You can play at a table together or at different tables and have fun collecting points. You could also try with a deck of cards if you have a travel tray for the car.

Have the best road trip ever with these fun car games. Prepare for your family vacation or road trip with a list of fun games everyone can play, and you’re sure to have a great time. Don’t forget you can also download some great books and games to keep kids entertained like Martha Speaks , Curious George .

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11 Best Road Trip Games for Families

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Jan 31, 2023

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Games for a family road trip need three ingredients in order to maximize their vacation mileage: portability, a minimum number of small parts, and a kid-friendly fun factor. Avoid the “Are we there yet?” blues and take a detour around the “tech trap” when you add one or more of these travel-ready games to your emergency road kit . From modern spins on retro favorites to cleverly designed all-in-one sets that kick searches for lost pieces to the curb, these are the best road trip games for families. 

1. The Alphabet Game

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In this classic road trip game that doesn’t require a board or game pieces, players attempt to find words starting with every letter of the alphabet, going in order from A to Z. You can look at billboards, road signs, branded trucks, restaurant names, and more. It’s up to you whether to play cooperatively–with each player building off the group’s progress–or competitively, with everyone going through their own alphabet. Either way, when players spot their next word, they call out their letter and the word (“A! Arby’s!”) so everyone can keep track. Some people use the rule that if someone spots a graveyard, they can declare it and all other players will go back to “A”.

Another version of the Alphabet Game is for someone to pick a category (the original game is “groceries/food”, but it could be animals, places, famous people, or something else), and the family will take turns naming items from that category that begin with ascending letters from A to Z. For example, if one person starts with “aardvark,” the next person could follow up with “butterfly” and so on.

2. Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Hangman

Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Hangman; Courtesy Amazon

A retro game made road-ready, Flip to Win Hangman by Melissa & Doug is one of the best road trip games for beginning readers (ages 6 and up). Designed with flippable, magnetic wooden letters, each game comes with an erasable whiteboard and a self-store dry-erase marker . The sturdy set really holds up to repeated kid (and adult) play, which is good because it’s addictive! It’s so fun, in fact, you’ll want to buy a second game for Grandma’s house!

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3. Coggy by Fat Brain Toys

Coggy by Fat Brain Toys; Courtesy Amazon

Get kids’ mental gears spinning as they build visual-spatial skills with Coggy by Fat Brain Toy Co . The mind-building travel game is designed as a single strand of connected patterned cogs, which players match to a series of corresponding pattern cards. Gears make a satisfying click as they pivot, making Coggy one of the best travel games for kids who need some sensory input when they’re cooped up in the car. 

I Spy game; Courtesy Amazon

No self-respecting list could leave out this classic kids’ road trip game! Players take turns selecting an object around them (ideally something in the car or that will remain in sight for a while), and giving the others a clue about it. The traditional formula is “I spy, with my little eye, something [color], or something beginning with [letter].”

But if you want to get preschoolers even more involved with the game, try the I Spy Travel Card Game from University Games . Similar to the board-free classic, this road trip game is seek-and-find style for ages 4 and up. The game contains 48 jumbo cards with simple pictures and corresponding text. Pre-readers will feel grown-up as they “read” about common road trip sights, and then race to be the first to locate them. 

5. Travel Blurt

Travel Blurt; Courtesy Amazon

A favorite party game gets a travel makeover in Travel Blurt , a fast-talking word recall game for on-the-go play. Pit sibling against sibling or parent team against kid teams in a hilarious competition that will have everyone laughing out loud. A handy travel case and magnetic scorecards help keep the fun at your fingertips. One of the best road trip games for groups, Travel Blurt is for three to four players, ages 10 and up.

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6. License Plate Game

License Plate game; Courtesy Amazon

Have your kids “collect” as many license plate states as they can find, writing each one down to keep track. They probably won’t find all 50 (looking at you, Alaska, and Hawaii), but especially if you’re driving cross-country, you’d be surprised how many people you’re sharing the road with. This is another kids’ road trip game that lends itself equally well to collaboration or competition: do they work together or collect their own lists of plates? Or go a step further and have them learn while playing with the Flip to Win License Plate Game by Melissa & Doug .

Easy to play and fun for all ages, it’s a scavenger-hunt style game that helps kids learn U.S. states and capital cities. The beauty of this smartly designed game— and what makes it one of the best road trip games available—is that the parts stay put. No more fishing loose pieces out of car seats and seat cushions, thanks to sturdy, flippable, magnetic wooden pieces! Adults will enjoy taking a trip down memory lane as they play along with the kids and revisit a childhood classic. Great for gift-giving, this game is for one to two players (or teams), ages 8 and up.

7. Interstate Highway Bingo Cards

Interstate Highway Bingo Cards; Courtesy Amazon

Lure your family members away from their devices and into the driver’s seat on your next road trip travel adventure with Interstate Highway Bingo Cards by Regal Games . Fingertip shutters reveal photos of common road trip sights, such as a horse, rest area, farm house and police car. Be the first to get five pictures in a row, and become the king or queen of the road trip! The four-card set makes it easy for brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles to get in on the scenery-spotting competition.

8. 20 Questions

Mom looks back at her kids in card during a road trip; Courtesy onkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Especially with younger kids, it often seems like the questions are endless. 20 Questions is a perfect way to get it out of their system. You’ve probably played it before, but just to refresh your memory: one player thinks of a person, place, or thing. The others take turns asking yes-or-no questions; after each question, they get a guess about what/where/who it is. If they don’t solve it after 20 questions, they lose.

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9. Guess in 10-Cities Around the World

GUess in 10 cities around the world; Courtesy Amazon

It’s the Game of 20 Questions, minus 10! In “ Guess in 10-Cities Around the World ,” players draw clue cards and, through the process of elimination, make guesses to identify one of 52 diverse metropolitan locations. Kids and parents will learn about the food, culture and monuments associated with the world’s most famous cities, from Rome to San Francisco . For parents looking to increase learning mileage on the road, this game for players ages 8 and up is one of the best road trip games to pack in your overnight bag .

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10. FlashDash

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FlashDash by Winning Fingers helps backseat travelers get the wiggles out, without waging a sibling turf war. A combination of the popular games Simon and Bop it, contained in a compact handheld electronic cube, FlashDash features four different speed and memory games, with lights and optional sound. For kids who need to move on long car rides, this Android device alternative is one of the best new road trip games. Designed for ages 6 to adult. 

11. Cow on My Side

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This simple kids’ road trip game is a lot of fun for families driving through the countryside. When you see cows on your side of the road, yell “Cows on my side!” You get a point for each time you call a group of cows. If you spot cows on the opposite side, you can yell “Cows on your side!” and steal a point from your opponent. Passing a cemetery? The first person to yell “Ghost cow!” steals all the other side’s points.

Of course, you can always bring along a tablet or computer and put on one of these kids’ movies for road trips, but sometimes it’s nice to just engage everyone with some old-fashioned fun. Especially if your trip is on the longer side, it’s a good way to turn those potentially torturous hours into quality family bonding time.

Writer Jackie Perrin has covered the best of family travel for nearly two decades, for media ranging from newspapers and magazines to  TripAdvisor.com . At home and on the go, she manages a crew of companions. Follow her on Pinterest, TripAdvisor and Instagram,  @NYfamtravels .

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In today’s post: If you’re headed out on a family road trip soon, you’ll want to check out these fun games to play in the car – they’re actually fun enough for kids and adults to enjoy.

As a mom, I’ve lived through a number of technological advances. I’m not sure any of them are as miraculous as the ability to hand a child a tablet on a long car ride. Seriously, as a mom who used to make 15 hours drives with kids back before we even had a reliable travel DVD player, I can’t quite express how wonderful it is to enjoy the blissful lack of whining while my children rot their brains watching a show or blowing up fruit.

But…I do feel the need to limit their use in the car to make sure my kids’ brains don’t melt. Hence: road trip games . Now I know, some road trip games are really, really boring. We’re talking deathly levels of boredom here. I think most of the time I’d rather poke my eyes out with a stick then use them to play another game of “I Spy with my little eye” with a young child. And tic-tac-toe? It’s over in about thirteen seconds. We need some honest to goodness FUN road trip car games people!

Easy road trip games that are actually fun! 15 games to play in the car.

Best Road Trip Games

So I’ve collected 15 games to play in the car that are actually pretty fun! A few of them require a piece of paper and a pencil or pen, but other than that these games don’t take any advance prep. That means you can play these fun car games other places too – like while you’re waiting in line at Disneyland or waiting for your food at a restaurant.

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The License Plate Game

In this road trip game, someone points out a license plate and everyone in the car tries to come up with a phrase using each of the letters and numbers in the plate. For example, a license plate that says DR8BAB could become “Donald reads eight books about bats” or “Dinosaurs ride eight brown army bikes.” Vote on your favorite and award points if you want.

I’m Packing for Paris

The first person says “I’m packing for Paris, and I’m bringing [something that starts with the letter A, like apples].” The next person repeats what the first person said, then adds on something that starts with the letter B: “I’m packing for Paris and I’m bringing an alligator and a bicycle.” The third person repeats the first two options, and then adds something with the letter C: “I’m packing for Paris and I’m bring an alligator, a bicycle, and a cookie.” The game continues with each person having to remember and repeat what’s already been said and then adding on something that starts with the next letter of the alphabet.

Variations: Give your packing list a theme that matches your road trip destination, like Disney characters or things you’d find at the beach. OR make the memory game a little harder by playing “doubles”: this requires each person to say a two word item where both words start with the assigned letter, like bubble bath or cookie cutters.

20 Questions

Twenty Questions is a classic car game! One person chooses a person, place, or thing. The other players can ask up to 20 yes or no questions to try to guess the item. Be sure to start with broad questions (Is the item alive?) and work your way to more specific questions.

Variation: For even more fun with this road trip game, consider buying the electronic version: 20Q (affiliate link).  It’s a little handheld ball that will ask you the questions and make a guess. My kids have had so much fun with this! It’s pretty awesome at how well it does – we thought up the hardest things we could to stump it and it still guessed correctly.

The Category Game

In this easy game to play in the car, one person chooses a category and a letter (like Food and the letter B). Each person takes a turn naming something in that category that starts with the chosen letter: banana, bread, bagel, blueberries, etc. The first passenger who cannot think of another item is out. That person gets to choose another letter, and the remaining players continue to name things in the same category, now starting with the new letter. Continue until everyone is out but one person, who wins the game. That person gets to choose a new category (like movies) and letter and the game starts again with everyone in.

Rock Paper Scissors

Sure, rock paper scissors will keep kids entertained for a few minutes, but is it really fun for more than a round or two? Well, if you add a couple more options and a way to keep score, rock paper scissors turns into a great game to pass the time in the car.

Everyone knows the basics of how to play rock paper scissors. But things get even more fun when you create your own ULTIMATE rock paper scissors game . Print out a few copies of the worksheet before you leave and let each kid design their own ultimate game.

How to keep score: Each time two players throw down a sign, the player who wins scores a point. Before each round, state the score like you would in a volleyball game (1-3 or 7-0). Keep playing until one player scores 21.

The Dot Game

This game does require paper and a couple of pens, but it’s still very easy to play in the car. Start by drawing dots on a sheet of paper ( or print out a piece of dot paper here ). Each player gets to draw one line to connect two dots. Play goes back and forth, with each player drawing one line, until someone’s line closes up a square. When you close a square, you get the claim that square by writing your initial in it, and then you get to go again. The first part of the game is easy; you’re just drawing lines wherever you’d like on the dot paper. But once quite a few lines are drawn, it’s time for strategy: you do NOT want to draw the third line of a square so that your opponent can then close it up. Because you can play again every time you close a square, sometimes you may be able to close up multiple squares in one turn! Once all the squares on the page are closed, count up the initials to see who won by claiming the most squares.

Punch Buggy

This classic road trip game is simple: if you are the first person in your car to spot a Volkswagen bug, you get to punch the person next to you. Now, in the interest of family harmony, that’s not always the best idea, so feel free to make up house rules. For example, when you see a yellow VW bug, everyone has to tap the roof of the car. When you see a red VW bug, put your hand on your head. When you see a blue bug, bark like a dog, etc. The last person to do the appropriate action when a bug is seen gets a point, and the winner is the person with the fewest points at the end of the road trip.

The Alphabet Game

The point of this road trip game is to find each letter of the alphabet, in order, in the signs on the side of the road (you can also find letters in license plates). The first person to find each letter in alphabetical order wins. If you’re driving through town, this game may be over in 5 minutes, but if you’re driving through rural areas it can take forever to find unusual letters like Q and X.

Road Trip Bingo

This game does take a bit of prep, but all you have to do is print out some bingo sheet before you go. Find some here , or here , or here .

The Name Game

This is an easy game to play in the car! The first player says a name, and then the next player needs to think up a name that starts with the last letter of the first name, and on and on. Example: Brenda, Adam, Monica, Ashley, Yvonne, Evelynn, Nathaniel, Lonnie, Ethan, etc. Anyone who says a repeat or can’t think of a name that fits is out!

The License Plate Game #2

In this game, you’re each trying to find a license plate from every state in the nation. You can print out a map in advance so you can color in states as you see a license plate. Or just grab a pencil and a piece of paper and write down each different state that you see. Whoever has the most states at the end of the road trip wins.

Finger Notes

This game is a twist on telephone. In finger notes, the first person thinks up a word or short phrase, then she uses her finger to “write” the word on the next person’s back (or arm if you can’t reach their back because they’re sitting in the backseat). The second person tries to figure out what the word or phrase was, then uses his finger to write it on the next person’s back. Once the phrase has made it to the last person, he or she says it aloud and the first person tells the other players whether the phrase made it through everyone correctly or not.

Two Truths and Lie

It’s a classic party game that also works as a game to play in the car. One person tells everyone else two things that are true and one thing that’s a lie, and then the other people try to guess which is the lie. Since you probably know the people you are on a road trip with pretty well, it can be hard to come up with things that will trick the other players!

It’s is super fast, but it’s also super fun! Players take turns saying the numbers counting up to twenty one. Each player can choose to say one, two, or three numbers, and the goal of the game it to NOT be the person who says 21.

Example: One player says 1, 2, 3, and the second player says 4. The first player says 5, 6, then the second player says 7, 8, 9. The first player says 10, and the second player says 11, 12, and 13. The first player says 14, 15, 16, then the second player says 17. The first player now can say 18, 19, and 20, forcing the second player to say 21!

You can play with as many people as you’d like, but it gets more intense when it’s just between two people. Try it with other numbers too!

Fortunately Unfortunately

This last game to play in the car is a cooperative game that can get pretty silly. The first person starts a statement with “fortunately” and the next person follows it up with a statement that relates to the first one but starts with “unfortunately.” Keep going, alternating fortunately and unfortunately.

Example: Fortunately, I packed lots of food for this trip. Unfortunately, it all just flew out the broken back window. Fortunately, we can patch the window with your sweater. Unfortunately, the sweater just caught on fire. Fortunately, the thunderstorm is putting out the fire…

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Posted on 3/15/23 at 1:06 pm

Great games. My husband and I are going on a road trip with my daughter and her 3 teenagers. I can see us doing a couple of these games to give them a break from technology!

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5 Best Road Trip Games for Kids

S ince our family’s move within driving distance of the beach, we try to make the trip at least a few times each summer. We’ve also taken longer road trips, including up and down the east coast. It’s a great way to travel, but kids can definitely get bored and impatient during the drive.

One way to keep children entertained on long car trips is by playing games, and today, I’m sharing five of the best road trip games for kids.


1. license plate bingo.

This is an oldie, but a goodie. Print the  license plate game page , and fill it in. As you see a car from each state, you will fill in that state on your map. The first one to get  BINGO,  or fill in their map, wins.

You can also just list all the states on a sheet of paper (all 50 are listed at  this link ), and then cross them off when you see a license plate from that state. How close will you get to spotting all 50?

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My kids have always always liked  Mad Libs . Pick up some of these books to take on your trip (you can  order them here ), or print off some of these  Mad Libs sheets free here .


Another game that will help pass the time on a long car ride is this Memory Game — the first person begins the game with the letter “A,” and says “A is for ___________.” (Fill in the blank with any “A” word, or you can decide on a theme, such as animals or food.) The second person continues with the letter B, but they must first repeat “A is for __________.” You continue the game with each person repeating the letters and corresponding words that came before as long as you can.


Here’s another old favorite that’s perfect for long car rides. One person thinks of something the others have to guess. The remaining players take turns asking yes-or-no questions, usually starting with “Is it animal, mineral, or vegetable?” The players continue to ask questions to try to guess the answer, but only up to 20 questions.


Try a road trip scavenger hunt to keep kids busy while you’re traveling. You can come up with your own list of items to hunt for while you’re on the road. Just think of things you’ll see on the highway or while passing through towns or cities. You can also print scavenger hunt lists. We have a  printable scavenger hunt list for you here.

Do you have any other ideas to keep the kids busy on a long road trip? What do think are the best road trip games? Leave a comment below.


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Indiana Fever beat WNBA's best team, the New York Liberty, Caitlin Clark has triple-double

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The Indiana Fever return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse today for the first time since June 19.

Indiana is 8-13 and will take on the New York Liberty, who owns the best record in the WNBA (17-3). The Liberty has beaten the Fever three times this season.

Chloe Peterson  will have analysis throughout, and we will have scoring updates, highlights and more.  Please remember to refresh.

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Final: Indiana Fever beat New York Liberty, the best team in the WNBA

The Fever finally did it. They beat the New York Liberty.

Caitlin Clark had 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. What a game by the rookie.

Aliyah Boston had 18 points and eight rebounds. NaLyssa Smith had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Fever 83, Liberty 78

0:10.9 left 4Q: Aliyah Boston gives Indiana Fever a little cushion

Coming out of a timeout, Aliyah Boston was fouled and made two free throws to extend the lead to three.

Fever 81, Liberty 78

0:29.2 left 4Q: Indiana Fever lead New York Liberty late

Aliyah Boston gave the Fever a 77-75 lead with a layup. Lexie Hull extended Indiana's lead with a basket. Sabrina Ionescu cut the lead to one with a deep 3.

Fever 79, Liberty 78

2:04 left 4Q: Kelsey Mitchell ties it up with a 3-pointer

Indiana lost the coach's challenge. Regardless, New York missed both free throws.

Kelsey Mitchell made a 3 to tie the game at 75-75. The Fever are on a 7-0 run.

Fever 75, Liberty 75

3:47 left 4Q: Liberty remain in lead late in fourth quarter

Going into a timeout, Indiana is challenging a foul call on Lexie Hull. The Fever are shooting 45% from the floor.

Liberty 75, Fever 69

5:45 left 4Q: Caitlin Clark gets first career triple-double

New York started the quarter on a 4-0 run. The Liberty took an 11-point lead at that point. Caitlin Clark scored at 8:08 to cut the lead to nine points.

Clark grabbed her 10th rebound at 7:07. She has a triple-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. That's the first of her career.

Clark became the first rookie to record a triple-double in the history of the WNBA. She's also the first member of the Fever to get a triple-double.

Liberty 71, Fever 62

End of 3Q: Fever down by 7 going into fourth

Betnijah Laney-Hamilton extended the Liberty's lead to seven with a 3-pointer at 1:32. Aliyah Boston responded with a layup for the Fever. Laney-Hamilton hit a jumper with 2 seconds left.

Caitlin Clark has 13 points and 10 assists.

Liberty 62, Fever 55

1:54 left 3Q: Fever trail Liberty by 4

Kelsey Mitchell cut into New York's lead with a 3-pointer at 1:55.

Liberty 57, Fever 53

4:38 left 3Q: Liberty holds 7-point lead over Fever

Katie Lou Samuelson hit a 3 at 9:00. She scored again at 7:54.

Sabrina Ionescu tied the game at 46-46 with a jumper. From there, New York scored four straight points to take a 50-46 lead. NaLyssa Smith scored on a layup at 6:06 to cut the lead to two.

Aliyah Boston tied the game at 50-50 but Betnijah Laney-Hamilton broke the tie with a jumper. Ionescu scored five straight points to give New York a 57-50 advantage.

Liberty 57, Fever 50

Halftime: Fever holds slim lead over Liberty

Jonquel Jones' layup at 2:50 gave the Liberty its first lead of the game at 32-31. NaLyssa Smith gave the Fever the lead back at 2:42. Sabrina Ionescu took the lead back with a 3-pointer at 2:27.

Smith tied things up at 35-35 with a layup. Boston gave Indiana a 37-35 advantage with a layup. Boston made another layup at 1:11.

Caitlin Clark has 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Fever 39, Liberty 38

3:15 left 2Q: Liberty makes comeback vs. Fever

The Liberty scored four straight points coming out of the time. They are within two points now.

Jonquel Jones made one of two free throws for the Liberty at 4:06. New York trails Indiana by one.

Fever 31, Liberty 30

5:33 left 2Q: Liberty closes gap against Fever

Damiris Dantas, Erica Wheeler and Caitlin Clark scored for the Fever to start the second quarter. Dantas' basket was a 3-pointer, which was the first of her Fever career.

Fever 31, Liberty 25

End of 1Q: Caitlin Clark hits 3 3s against New York Liberty

Breanna Stewart scored the Liberty's first field goal at 6:25. Kelsey Mitchell answered with a basket. At 5:07, Caitlin Clark drilled another 3-pointer. Aliyah Boston and NaLyssa Smith scored for the Fever as well. But New York made three straight 3s to get back into it.

Smith made it 21-12 with a pullup jumper. At 3:04, Clark sunk her third 3 of the game. Stewart cut the lead to 10 with a layup at 2:02. Kayla Thornton hit a shot with 35 seconds left for the Liberty. Betnijah Laney-Hamilton scored with 2 seconds left for New York as well.

Indiana shot 53% from the floor while New York was at 39%.

Fever 24, Liberty 18

6:42 left 1Q: Caitlin Clark, Fever start quickly vs. Liberty

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