65 Travel-Themed Road Trip Trivia Questions to Pass the Time on Your Next Drive

Here's a good road trip trivia fact! This is the road to Monument Valley, made famous by the movie Forest Gump.

Don’t let the endless miles and chorus of “are we there yet?” drive you crazy! Road Trips are the great American past-time, but even the best drives can get a little boring after a few hours.

Keep your friends, family (and yourself) entertained on your next drive with these 65 travel-themed road trip trivia questions.

I’ve broken these trivia questions up into categories to make it easier for you to navigate through them. Each category focuses on a different theme or topic, from National Parks to international travel.

The categories are:

  • U.S. Road Trip Trivia
  • National Parks Trivia
  • U.S. 50 State Trivia
  • International Road Trip Trivia

U.S. Road Trip Trivia

From sea to shining sea! Road Trips are as American as apple pie and the 4th of July. Check out these U.S. road trip trivia questions for your next great American highway adventure.

1. What famous road trip route is known as “The Mother Road?”

Answer: Route 66, also known as “The Mother Road,” is a historic highway that stretches across the United States from Chicago to Santa Monica.

2. What is the longest highway in the United States, stretching from Massachusetts to Washington?

Answer: The longest highway in the United States is the Interstate 90 (I-90). It stretches from Boston, Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington and covers a total distance of approximately 3,020 miles. 

3. Which desert must you cross when traveling from Los Angeles to Las Vegas via Interstate 15?

Answer:   The Mojave Desert. The Mojave covers parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. At 25,000 square miles, it is the smallest North American desert, but it’s home to one of the lowest and hottest places on the planet, Death Valley.

4. What year was the U.S. Interstate Highway System officially created?

Answer:  1956. The U.S. Interstate Highway System was officially created in 1956 under the Federal-Aid Highway Act signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

5. What is the longest bridge in the United States on an interstate highway, and where can it be found?

Answer: The Manchac Swamp Bridge in Louisiana is the longest bridge in the United States Interstate Highway System at nearly 23 miles long.

the famous corner in Winslow, Arizona, with a giant US Route 66 Sign painted on the asphalt.
You can stand on a corner in Winslow, Arizona – a now iconic stop on Route 66

National Park Trivia

Are you road tripping to one of America’s iconic National Parks? From the deserts of Joshua Tree and Zion, to the peaks of Yosemite, and the lush forests of Great Smoky Mountains, you could spend a lifetime exploring these iconic Parks.

Test your knowledge about these magnificent natural treasures with our national parks trivia questions.

6. This National Park, established by President Grant in 1872, was the world’s first National Park, created “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

Answer: Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana was the world’s first National Park. 

7. There are 63 designated National Parks in the United States, as of 2024. Which US State has the most National Parks?

Answer: California currently has the most National Parks with a total of 9 parks: Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Channel Islands, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Pinnacles, Redwoods and Lassen Volcanic.

8. Which U.S. national park is known for having the deepest lake in the country?

Answer: Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is known for having the deepest lake in the United States. Crater Lake has a maximum depth of 1,949 feet (594 meters) and was formed over 7,700 years ago by a collapsed volcano. It is also one of the clearest and purest large bodies of water in  the world. 

9. The magnificent scenic drive known as “Going-to-the-Sun Road” is located in which National Park?

Answer: Going-to-the-Sun Road is located in Glacier National Park in Montana.  It is a 50-mile scenic drive that takes visitors through the heart of the park, with stunning views of mountains, valleys, and lakes.

10. Which national park is home to the world’s largest tree by volume, the General Sherman Tree?

Answer:   Sequoia National Park in California is home to the General Sherman Tree, which has a volume of over 52,500 cubic feet and stands at 275 feet tall. This massive giant sequoia tree is estimated to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.

street signs warning of sharp turns dot the Million Dollar highway, while the peaks of the San Juan Mountain appear in the background
the Million Dollar Highway – an iconic and high altitude road trip in southern Coloraod

US 50 State Trivia Questions

Test your knowledge of all 50 states with these 50 U.S. State trivia questions.


11. Which famous author loosely based her most famous novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” on her childhood in rural Alabama?

Answer: Harper Lee


12. Alaska is home to the tallest mountain in North America. What is it’s name?

Answer: Mount Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is the tallest mountain in North America with an elevation of 20,310 feet. It is located in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. 


13. Arizona’s Grand Canyon was carved by this river, which still flows through the canyon today?

Answer: The Colorado River, which flows from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California, is responsible for carving the mighty Grand Canyon.


14. Which famous national park in Arkansas is known for its ancient thermal springs, mountain views, and historic architecture?

Answer: Hot Springs National Park.


15. Name the famous coastal highway that spans nearly 650 miles along the California coastline.

Answer: The Pacific Coast Highway, also known as California State Route 1, spans nearly 650 miles along the California coastline. It begins at Dana Point in Southern California and ends at Leggett in Northern California.


16. What is the highest continuously paved highway in the U.S., located in Colorado?

Answer:    The highest continuously paved highway in the U.S. is the Trail Ridge Road, located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. This scenic highway reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet

Aspens turn bright yellow in Fall on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park


17. What is the name of the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States, found in Connecticut?

Answer: Lake Compounce. This waterpark and amusement park was first opened in 1846. 


18. Delaware is known as the “First State” for being the first state to do what?

Answer: Delaware was the first state to ratify the US Constitution. 


19. Known for its extensive coastlines and theme parks, this Florida city is famously dubbed “The Theme Park Capital of the World.” What is its name?

Answer: Orlando, Florida is known as the “Theme Park Capitol of the World.” The city is home to some of the most famous theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld. These parks attract millions of visitors each year from all over the world.


20. Atlanta, Georgia is known as the birthplace of this iconic soft drink, invented by Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886?

Answer: Coca-Cola.


21. This Hawaiian National Park is known for its active volcanoes, where visitors can witness lava flow into the ocean. What is the name of this park?

Answer: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is home to Kilauea and Mauna Loa, which are two of the world’s most active volcanoes.


22. Idaho is renowned for producing more of this vegetable than any other state in the United States. What is this vegetable?

Answer: Potatoes. Idaho produces 1/3 of all potatoes in the United States, the most of any state.


23. This president, known for his role in the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, called Illinois home. Who is he?

Answer: Abraham Lincoln


24. Known for hosting the largest single-day sporting event in the world, which Indianapolis-based motor race is held annually on Memorial Day weekend?

Answer: Indianapolis 500

the wide open plains and badlands surrounding Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.
Petrified Forest in Arizonia off Route 66


25. Dyersville, Iowa is home to this famous baseball field, built for the iconic 1989 baseball movie of the same name? (Hint: “If you build it, he will come…”)

Answer: Dyersville, Iowa is a small town located in eastern Iowa, known for its iconic Field of Dreams movie site, which attracts thousands of tourists each year who come to see the actual baseball field where the beloved film was shot.

Visitors can even play catch on the field or watch reenactments of scenes from the movie.


26. This city in Kansas, located within the region known as Tornado Alley, experiences more tornadoes on average than any other city in the United States. What is the name of this city?

Answer: Wichita.


27. Which National Park, located in south-central Kentucky, is home to the world’s longest known cave system, featuring more than 400 miles of explored passageways?

Answer: Mammoth Cave National Park.


28. Which New Orleans neighborhood, famously known as the Vieux Carré, houses Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, and Café Du Monde?

Answer: The French Quarter


29. Cadillac Mountain, Maine, is the first place to see the sunrise in the United States, from October to March. In which National Park is it located?

Answer: Acadia National Park


30. This popular seasoning was invented in Baltimore, Maryland in 1939. It’s primarily used on seafood, but Marylanders will sprinkle this iconic yellow-tin seasoning on pretty much everything. What is it?

Answer: Old Bay Seasoning


31. Famous for its witch trials in the late 17th century, this Massachusetts city is now a popular tourist destination. What is the name of this city?

Answer: Salem, Massachusetts


32. This Great Lake, the only one located entirely within the United States, borders the state of Michigan. What is the name of this lake?

Answer: Lake Michigan.


33. Known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota is home to the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. What is the name of this lake?

Answer: Lake Superior.


34. The Mississippi River runs through 10 states, beginning in Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota, and ends where it empties into which body of water?

Answer: the Gulf of Mexico


35. This iconic arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is the tallest arch in the world. What is the name of this arch?

Answer: The Gateway Arch stands 630 feet tall and is the arch in the world. It was built as a monument to westward expansion, as St. Louis was known as the “Gateway to the West.”

Gateway Arch in St. Louis Missouri from below.
Gateway Arch in Missouri


36. Which famous Montana river, featured in the movie “A River Runs Through It,” is known for its scenic beauty and fly-fishing. What is the name of this river?

Answer: The Blackfoot River


37. This city is the capital of Nebraska and is named after a famous American president. What is the name of this city?

Answer: Lincoln


38. The “Extraterrestrial Highway” in Nevada passes by several attractions related to aliens and UFOs, including this infamous, and secretive, military installation.

Answer: Area 51 

New Hampshire

39. This mountain in New Hampshire is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States and famous for having the “worst weather in the world”. What is the name of this mountain?

Answer: Mount Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains stands at 6,288 feet, making it the highest peak in the northeastern United States. The mountain is known for its unpredictable weather, with winds reaching hurricane force and temperatures dropping well below freezing even in the summer months.

New Jersey

40. What river forms the border between New Jersey and Pennsylvania?

Answer: The Delaware River.

New Mexico

41. What city in New Mexico is the site of a famed annual balloon fiesta, renowned as one of the largest hot air balloon festivals in the world.

Answer: Albuquerque is home to the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon event in the world. This annual event attracts thousands of visitors each year and features hundreds of colorful balloons taking flight over the city’s stunning desert landscape.

New York

42. This iconic building was once the tallest in the world when it was built in 1931, rising to 1,454 feet above the city below.

Answer: The Empire State Building.

North Carolina

43. The Wright brothers made their first successful powered flight in this North Carolina location. What is the name of this place?

Answer: Kitty Hawk

a road travels through the wide open desert and distant painted mountains in Death Valley National Park.
the lonely road in Death Valley National Park – a must-see on a California desert road trip!

North Dakota

44. This national park in North Dakota is named after a former president and is famous for its rugged badlands and diverse wildlife. What is the name of this national park?

Answer: Theodore Roosevelt National Park.


45. What major city in Ohio is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Answer: Cleveland.


46. What historical event, occurring in 1889, led to the rapid settlement of what is now Oklahoma and is commemorated annually.

Answer: The Oklahoma Land Rush.


47. This massive dormant volcano in Oregon is the highest peak in the state. What is the name of this volcano?

Answer: Mount Hood Standing at 11,249 feet tall, it is the highest point in Oregon and a popular destination for hikers and climbers.


48. What is the name of Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog, celebrated every year on February 2nd, as part of a tradition in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Answer: Punxsutawney Phil.

Rhode Island

49. This city is the capital of Rhode Island and is known for its historic architecture and vibrant arts scene. What is the name of this city?

Answer: Providence.

South Carolina

50. What historic fort in South Carolina was the site of the first shots of the American Civil War?

Answer: Fort Sumter was the site of the first shots of the American Civil War, on April 12, 1861. It is located in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina and was originally built as a coastal defense fort in the early 1800s.

the rugged beautiful mountains of the San Juan range on the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado.

South Dakota

51. Which four US Presidents are carved into the face of Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota?

Answer: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.


52. This National Park, located in Tennessee and North Carolina, is the most visited National Park in the United States?

Answer: Great  Smoky Mountains National Park


53. Which hearty and spicy meal is known as the official state dish of Texas?

Answer: Chili 


54. This iconic rock formation in Arches National Park is a famous symbol of Utah, and appears on the State’s license plate. What is the name of this formation?

Answer: Delicate Arch.


55. This city is the capital of Vermont and is the smallest state capital in the United States by population. What is the name of this city?

Answer: Montpelier


56. Which Virginia-born founding father authored the Declaration of Independence and served as the third President of the United States?

Answer: Thomas Jefferson played a crucial role in drafting the Declaration of Independence and served as the third president of the country from 1801 to 1809.

a foggy road lined with tall pine trees in Olympic National Park.
A misty morning driving to Olympic National Park in Washington


57. This volcano is the highest peak in Washington state.

Answer: Mount Rainier is the highest peak in Washington State, standing at an impressive 14,411 feet tall. It is part of the Cascade Mountain Range and is located in Mount Rainier National Park. Scientists believe it last erupted between 500 and 600 years ago.

West Virginia

58. The annual “Bridge Day” event in Fayetteville, West Virginia, celebrates the state’ most recognizable bridge with block parties and BASE jumping off which bridge?

Answer: New River Gorge Bridge in New River Gorge National Park.


59. Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland” and leads the nation in the production of which dairy product?

Answer: Cheese. The state of Wisconsin produces over 3 BILLION pounds per year of cheese, in over 600 varieties.


60. In order to entice more women to settle the wild west of Wyoming, the state was the first to grant women this right, in 1869, earning Wyoming the nickname “the Equality State.”

Answer: Wyoming was the first state to grant women the unconditional right to vote in 1869, and the right to hold public office, in 1890.

the red canyon walls of Zion National Park rise above the Zion Mt. Carmel Highway
the road to Zion National Park in Utah

International Road Trip Trivia

Exploring fascinating destinations and iconic routes around the globe with these international road trip trivia questions.

61. What is the longest road in the world that you can drive on?

Answer: The longest  road in the world that you can drive on is the Pan-American Highway, spanning 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometers) from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina.

62. What is the name of the road that circles the island of Iceland, popular with road trippers?

Answer:  The Ring Road, also known as Route 1, circles the entire island of Iceland and is a popular route for road trips due to its stunning landscapes and easy accessibility.

63. Which is the oldest road in the world still in use today? Answer:  The Via Appia in Rome, Italy

Answer: The Via Appia, also known as the Appian Way, was built in 312 BC and is considered to be the oldest road still in use today. It was originally a military and trade route connecting Rome to southern Italy.

64. What highway in Canada is the only year-round public road to cross the Arctic Circle? Answer:  Dempster Highway

Answer:The Dempster Highway is the only road in Canada to cross the Arctic Circle and is known for its remote and rugged terrain, as well as breathtaking views of the northern landscape.

65. In which country can you find the world’s highest motorable road, reaching an altitude of over 18,000 feet?

Answer: India. Umling La Pass in Ladakh, India is the world’s highest motorable road, at 19,024 feet above sea level.

the entrance to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia

More Helpful Road Trip Resources

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