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.

1. If you have some sleepy passengers in the car, you should definitely play "While You Were Sleeping."

The Game: Create the most believable story when someone falls asleep

The Rules:

• 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. For a good old-fashioned guessing game, play "21 Questions."

The Game: Guess what a person is thinking in 21 questions

The Rules:

• 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

3. If your car mates are current and hip on events, then you should play "Did You Hear That...?"

The Game: Pop culture and news collide for a fun game of fact or fiction

The Rules:

• 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

4. For a car full of human jukeboxes, play "The Singing Game."

The Game: Connect song lyrics for a fun sing-along game

The Rules:

• 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..."

5. If your car is full of film buffs, play "The Movie Game."

The Game: Connect actors through movies they have starred in

The Rules:

• 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


6. When you have a car full of optimists, play "Fortunately/Unfortunately."

The Game: Making a fortunate situation out of an unfortunate situation

The Rules:

• 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

• etc.

7. All know-it-alls will spark some fierce competition if you play "The Alphabet Categories."

The Game:

• This is NOT the road sign game; you name things in alphabetical order from a category

The Rules:

• 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

8. If you love to get your snack on, definitely play "Regional Food Master."

The Game: Collect the most regional snacks between the start and finish of your road trip

The Rules:

• 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

9. For the spontaneous math wizards, play "The Counting Game."

The Game: See how high you can collectively count without any order

The Rules:

• 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

10. For all the walking encyclopedias, play "The Name Game."

The Game: Connect first and last names of famous people

The rules:

• 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

• etc.

11. For the aspiring DJs in your car, play "Battle of the Bands."

The game: Two people battle to pick the best song based on a category

The rules:

• 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

12. If you consider yourself a wordsmith, then definitely play "Word Association."

The Game: See how far you can string along words through association

The Rules:

• 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

• Caesar

• Rome

• Empire

• TV

13. If you are looking for an easy laugh, play "Cows on My Side."

The Game: Holler when you see a cow!

The Rules:

• 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

14. And if you want to kick it old-school, play "The Alphabet Game."

The Game: This is the classic alphabet game everyone knows and loves. Go through alphabet using words on signs

The Rules:

• 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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