3 Road Trip Games to Play in the Car

Road trips are a fun and memorable thing to do as a family – and luckily, they’re often quite affordable compared to other means of family travel. 

The only downside? If the kids are crammed into the backseat for extended periods of time, things could get a little out of hand if you don’t prepare first.

Make sure the car is trip-ready by planning ahead and finding ways to keep everyone occupied. Entertain the kids with these road trip games to play in the car!

1) Road trip scavenger hunt.

Take “I Spy” to the next level with a road trip scavenger hunt!

Before you hit the road, make a list of all the things you might expect to see during your travels – including a mix of basic and more obscure items – and provide each child with the list and a pen/pencil for checking things off.

If you’re feeling crafty, draw or print out images or icons for each line item on the list (you can find pre-made, printable lists online!).

Include items like a bridge, cow, motorcycle, barn, red car, various road signs, gas station, motor home, and more.

2) Hangman, Tic-Tac-Toe, or Pictionary.

Pick up a pack of washable window markers and the kids will be set for hours of fun!

Let them doodle on the glass, or play in a family-wide game of the classic Hangman, Tic-Tac-Toe, or even Pictionary — with a fun surface to write on, the children will have a blast. Let them take turns ‘running’ the games and being the one to draw and keep score on their window.

3) License plate coloring game.

Color your way across all the states! Print out a map of the U.S. and have the children color in a state each time they see a license plate from that location. Include a list of all states at the bottom that can be crossed off each time they color in a state. It’s fun, and also educational!

Discover more ways to keep children entertained on the road.

When the road trip is over, let the whole family unwind with a stay at one of our many extended stay properties in the US, offering kitchens, a dining area, large flat panel TV with premium channels, and high speed Internet access.

5 Coastal Drives to Enjoy on World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is a yearly observation that honors the oceans of the world, while celebrating the products the ocean provides (think seafood, and marine life for aquariums, pets, and more), the sea lines it provides for international trade, as well as taking the time to appreciate its natural value and beauty.

On June 8, hit the road in celebration of World Oceans Day and enjoy some of the most scenic ocean drives in the country.

1) California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

One of the most famous coastal drives, California’s Highway One is the ultimate way to explore the beauty of the Pacific coastline. Head from San Francisco to LA, weaving your way through natural gems like Big Sur, the many surf towns, and breathtaking views. Don’t miss Pismo Beach!

2) Scenic Highway 30A, Florida.

Trailing nearly 30-miles along the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County, the Scenic Highway 30A is an excellent route for beautiful sights and time by the ocean. Enjoy white sand beaches and beautiful coastal dune lakes. Don’t miss Grayton Beach State Park, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, or The Beaches of South Walton! 

3) Cape May County Ocean Drive, New Jersey.

The road from Cape May to Strathmere on the New Jersey Coast is known as the Cape May Ocean Drive. It passes through barrier islands off the Jersey shore, and offers plenty of beautiful coastal views in addition to opportunities to stop and enjoy the ocean.

4) US 1, Florida Keys.

An All American road encompassing one of the most scenic seaside routes, the US 1 runs between the beach and Interstate 95 along Florida’s east coast. Enjoy over 2,300-miles of highway stretching between Fort Kent, ME, and Key West, FL, as well as all the neon signs, shops, motels, and incredible views along the way.

5) Highway 101, Oregon.

With over 360-miles of coastline road, Oregon’s Highway 101 winds down the Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border. It passes through old growth forests, Oswald West State Park, and several iconic bridges, and offers travelers plenty of stunning views, beaches, and more.

On June 8, celebrate World Oceans Day with a road trip to remember, showcasing some of the very best coastal areas in the country. Before you hit the road, don’t forget to make sure you have these 15 essential things in your car!