Car Road Trip Games for Holiday Travel

If you're planning to travel for the holidays, you might already be dreading the drive. While the scenery might be great, if you're the driver, the time can drag if everyone else is on a device while you're left staring at the pavement. Here are some ideas for games to play in the car suitable for most ages that adults will also enjoy. A bonus is that none of these require any equipment (no one needs more clutter in the car, am I right?)


This game involves one person starting with a statement that begins with "unfortunately," then the next person adds to this with a statement that begins with "fortunately." The wilder and wackier the statements, the better.

"Unfortunately, this highway is known for alien abductions."

"Fortunately, I've been abducted before and can vouch for the food."

Category ABC's

Someone chooses a category, such as "movies, " and then everyone must name a movie that begins with the next letter in the alphabet. In this case, you could start with "Argo," then next "Bad Santa."

Name That Song

Play a song either on the radio or from one person's playlist on their device, and set a time limit for guesses. This can be a fun way to hear other people's playlists too!

License Plate Game

This keeps everyone on their toes, trying to collect the most license plates from different states. A variation of this is to try to make statements from the license plate numbers. For example, BOH 5555"could be "Bears On Hiatus," and no, I don't know what that means.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

You don't have to start with Kevin Bacon (although it doesn't hurt). In this game, one person begins by naming an actor and a movie they're in; then the next person must name a different actor from that movie, another movie that they're in, and so on until someone is stumped. An example is Kevin Bacon (of course)/Mystic River, then Sean Penn/Milk, then Josh Brolin/Avengers. You get the idea. I would absolutely forbid devices, though, which would make this too easy.

And finally, don't forget "I spy," Twenty Questions," and "Would you rather" for some classic road trip fun.

To be certain that your vehicle is ready for your road trip, remember to bring it in to our auto repair shop here at Autoworks of Issaquah for a full inspection before you hit the open road!

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