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Best Road Trip Games to Beat Boredom

Updated May 24, 2023

Best Road Trip Games to Beat Boredom
Sick of hearing, “Are we there yet?” during a road trip? I’ve got you covered with a list of the best road trip games to beat boredom while driving to get to your destination. These games are perfect for long car rides and each game will last for hours of fun making the time go by much faster.

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

This printable road trip scavenger hunt is a great way to keep the kids occupied while traveling. They can find different things along the way and mark them off as they find them. You can even make it reusable by putting a plastic sleeve over the paper and use a dry erase marker so you can wipe off when done and use it on the way home.

License Plate Game

This game is so much fun to play. All you need is a map and be the first to call out the state on each license plate you see. If you’re the first to call it out, color it in on the map. Whoever has the most states colored in, wins.

Who Am I?

Think of someone or an animal in your head and have other ask you only yes or no questions to try and guess who you are. Try to see if they can guess in 20 questions or less.

Best Games to Play on a Road Trip

Nintendo Switch Games

Electronic devices are a great way to pass the time in the car and make the best road trip games. Kids and adults can play for hours to later discover they are possibly in another state. Nintendo Switch has some great games (thanks Nintendo for sending over these games) that are so much fun to play such as the following listed below.

Pokémon Snap

If you love taking photos, this game is for you. Basically you’re like a wildlife photographers as you seek out and take in-game photographs of Pokémon in their native environments.

People have been waiting for the new version of Pokémon Snap for awhile now and they finally delivered after 22 years with new added features, special interactions like the Illumina Spots and new pathways. This game is great for all ages and so much fun to play!

Super Mario Party

Turn the tables on opponents as you race across the board to collect the most stars in the original four-player Mario Party series board game mode—now with newly-added online play with friends and family!

You can play river survival mode where try to survive as long as you can with on a raft playing against up to 4 other players. It’s super fun with plenty more minigames that you can play with your Joy-Con controllers for a little friendly competition.

Pokémon Sword

Explore a new Pokémon region with new and old Pokémon! Take a shot at the brand new Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where the player can freely control the camera and team up with three other players locally or online in the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles.

Or gain a new look and a powerful set of G-Max moves with certain Pokémon. Change your clothes and even hairdos to become the trainer you want to be. The soundtrack, graphics and regions are newly improved. It’s a great game for beginners if you have not played before and fun to collect and trade as you go.

Restaurant Bingo

Print off these Restaurant Bingo Cards and slide them into a large ziploc bag. Use a dry erase marker to mark off the restaurants as they see them along the road trip. Yell “BINGO” once you get Bingo. Trade Bingo cards after each or several games to keep the game going. Can also have a small prize box, such as items from the dollar store, where they can choose a prize when they win.

Tic Tac Toe

Good ol’ fashion tic tac toe is always fun. All you need is a pen and paper and 2 players. Create a grid that is 3 squares by 3 squares and each player chooses whether they want to be X’s or O’s. Choose a player to go first and begin by marking the square with either X or O that you choose to be. Whoever gets all their X’s or O’s in a row either diagonal, vertical or horizontal, wins.

Would You Rather

Take turns asking questions such as “Would you rather have super powers or the ability to fly?” and direct them to one person or everyone in the car letting them each take a turn to answer.

Magazine I SPY

This game requires any magazine and this printable checklist. Take turns picking an item off the checklist and having the opposing player find it in a magazine. Check off each item you find and at the end tally up the points to see who found the most items. Want to make it a challenge? Set a timer for 60 seconds for each magazine I SPY search.

Name that Tune

Play a small snippet of a song from the radio or hum the tune and see if the other person can guess what the song is. Want a challenge? Try to guess the artist as well.

Hidden Pictures

This is my absolute favorite game to play when my kids were little. We used to get Highlights magazine and after then end of each one we would try and find all the hidden pictures. Now you don’t have to wait for the magazine each month, you can get a whole book dedicated to hidden picture puzzles.

While you’re packing of all these best road trips games in the car, don’t forget the Family Car Emergency Kit that you can make yourself with just a few supplies. This is the perfect emergency kit to have in the car so you are prepared for any type of situation.

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