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7 Summer Road Trip Games

Jun 16, 2016
Melissa Hincha-Ownby

Summer road trip season is here, and although we are seasoned road trippers, there are times where the drive gets boring. Sure, we could hop on our phones or tablets and play games, but road trips are family time so we try to fill these seemingly-boring moments with road trip games. These games usually end up with all of us laughing over the sheer silliness of what we’re doing, but these are some of my favorite moments from our road trip vacations.

traveling a scenic route 

I Spy
This classic childhood game is perfect for road trips with one caveat, players need to make sure they pick something that others will be able to see for the duration of the turn. Picking a road sign that you zoom by at 75 miles per hour is not fair!

License Plates
There are so many variations of the license plate game, and over the course of a 1,500-mile road trip we managed to play them all! You can search for different license plates from each state, require the search to be alphabetical, make funny sentences out of the letters on the license plate, combine the alphabet game with the license plate game and so much more.

Alphabet Game
The beauty of the alphabet game is that it can be played with some of the youngest road trippers. Start with the letter A and find a road sign with an A on it, the next person looks for the B and so on. You can set parameters to include road signs, license plates, car makes and models and more.

The beauty of trivia is that it can be tailored to the knowledge level of the participants. We typically stick to location-specific trivia questions so that the kids can learn more about where we are going.

20 Questions
Player one thinks of something, and the other players have 20 questions to try and guess the object. The first person to guess correctly goes next.

Song/Movie Guessing Game
If you have music or movie buffs in your family, this is the perfect road trip game. One player says a line from a movie or song, and the first person to guess the name of the movie or song gets to go next.

The Name Game
This is a fun one, but it can be difficult. The starting player says a famous person’s name and the second player has to say a name that starts with the first letter of the last name given by the previous player. For example, player one says Babe Ruth and player two has to name a famous person whose first name begins with R (i.e. Robert Redford).

What is your favorite game to play on road trips?

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hincha-Ownby.

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