41 FUN AND TOTALLY FREE ROAD TRIP TRIVIA QUESTIONS

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Post Summary: A collection of road trip trivia questions and answers to help keep you entertained on the open road.

The key to a fun road trip with family or friends is to have a collection of fun games ready to whip out when you’re feeling bored and need to change things up.

After the success with our prior post on 160 Fun, Deep, and Sometimes Silly Road Trip Questions, I knew I wanted to come up with some more fun road trip games, and more specifically…ROAD TRIP TRIVIA!

As a total trivia nut, I may have had a little too much fun rummaging through the internet to come up with this list of road trip trivia for long car rides.

These car ride trivia questions are all built around the theme of US travel, road trips, and landmarks. There also might be a sprinkle of something totally random.

**The road trivia answers are a few spaces below the question, so be aware of that if you’re looking to guess as well.

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FUN TRIVIA FOR ROAD TRIPS

1. Route 66 also goes by the names The Main Street of America, The Will Rogers Highway, and the Mother Road. What novelist, in their depression-era saga, coined the term “The Mother Road?”
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John Steinbeck in his novel The Grapes Of Wrath


2. In 2003, fed up with the bad press, the stealing of signs, and the mysterious traffic accidents, transportation departments from Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico decided to rename what is now Highway 491. What was Highway 491’s former name?
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Route 666


Beautiful cliffs and blue water of the Pacific Ocean with purple wildflowers in the forefront

3. What coastal spot along the Pacific Coast Highway has been prominently featured by Henry Miller, John Steinbeck, and John Kerouac?
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Big Sur


4. What animal is the ultimate “road tripper” and travels every year for up to 2000 miles to make it to the coast of California before winter?
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The Monarch Butterfly


5. What is the least visited state in the US?
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Alaska is the least visited state averaging 2.5 million visitors a year.


6. What is the most visited state in the US?
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California. In 2018, the state generated 140 billion dollars in tourism.


7. What was the first official National Park of the United States?
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Yellowstone National Park became the nation’s first “official” National Park on March 1, 1872.


8. What was the first unofficial National Park of the United States?
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Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas became federally protected land in 1832. Because there wasn’t a national park system in place yet, it’s “unofficially” the first National Park. It didn’t become a National Park until 1921.


9. What city has the worst traffic in the US?
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Boston, MA. A Boston driver spends, on average, 149 hours per year in traffic.


10. What car do you need to spot in order to play the classic road trip game of screaming “punch buggy” or “Slug Bug” while punching your fellow passengers in the arm?
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A Volkswagen Beetle or VW “Bug”


11. What highway has the grim distinction of having the most fatalities in the US?
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Interstate 4 in Florida


12. Which state in the US has the highest legal speed limit at 85mph?
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Texas State Highway 130.


13.  Which state is known as the gem state?
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With its abundance of natural minerals and its history as a mining state, Idaho is nicknamed the Gem State.


14. The popular theme park, Six Flags, is a reference to the six nations that have governed Texas. What are the six nations?
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France, Spain, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, The United States, Confederate States of America


15. Huckleberries are a sought-after summer berry that can not be cultivated. What are the five states where you can find huckleberries growing in the wild? 
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Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon, Alaska


16. What is the longest river in the United States?
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At 2,536 miles, the Missouri River is the longest river in the US.


17. What part of the US is famous for having reached a temperature of 134 degrees, the hottest temp ever recorded in the world?
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Death Valley, California


18. The Mighty Five is a nickname for what 5 popular parks in America?
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The Mighty 5 is a reference to the five national parks located in Southern Utah: Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.

READ MORE: Learn how to see Utah’s most gorgeous landscapes on an extraordinary Mighty 5 Road Trip.


19. Why is Chicago called the windy city?
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Though the origins aren’t 100% known, it has nothing to do with its harsh weather. It’s believed that the term was coined in the late 1800’s to describe the political landscape in Chicago at the time and its “long-winded” politicians.


20. What is the windiest major city in the US?
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This windiest city in the US seems to change every year, but Boston, MA, remains the windiest major city in the US.


21. What National Park in Kentucky boasts the glory of having the world’s longest cave?
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Mammoth Cave National Park has the longest cave system in the world. 400 miles have been explored and it’s estimated that the cave continues on for an extra 600 miles.


22. Which city in the US was named as the #1 adventure city by National Geographic, the top mountain biking town by Bike Magazine, and the #1 town in the West by Outside Magazine?
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Boise, Idaho


23. Which mountains (pictured above) are famous for their smoky blue-tinged hue?
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The Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina



24.  What state is famous for having the most usable natural hot springs in the country?
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Idaho

READ MORE: Learn how to see Idaho’s natural hot springs with our guide to the best hot springs near Boise.


25.  What year were American Indians given US citizenship by  Congress?
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1924


26. What is the deepest lake in the US?
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Crater Lake in Oregon is the deepest lake in the US reaching a depth of 1943 feet.


27. Who owns and operates the GPS (Global Positioning System) you are probably using right this second?
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The Global Positioning System is a space-based navigational system owned by the US Government and operated by the United States Air Force.


28. What is California’s state animal that can be seen on it’s flag?
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The grizzly bear. Oddly enough the grizzly bear is extinct in CA and was last seen in 1922.


28. Which city in the US has the most microbreweries per capita
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Portland, Maine comes in first with Asheville, NC at a close second.


29. What is the #1 road trip song according to Time Out Magazine?
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Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen


30. In the 90’s era movie Thelma and Louise, the two lead women famously end the movie by (SPOILER ALERT) driving off a cliff in the Grand Canyon. Where was the final scene actually filmed?
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Dead Horse State Park in Utah. You can see pictures of this glorious state park on our Instagram here.


31. In what state is it illegal to hang fuzzy dice or air fresheners from your rearview mirror?
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Chicago


32. This pictured street is known as the “crookedest street in the world.” Where does this street reside?
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Lombard Street, located in San Francisco, CA, with its 8 hairpin turns is known as the “crookedest street in the world.” Technically, it’s the second “crookedest” street in the world, but the name has stuck.


33. The Bald Eagle is America’s official animal, but since they aren’t actually hairless, what does the “Bald” part of the name come from?
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Bald is an old English word meaning white. The bird got its name for its signature white feathers.


34.  McDonalds arches are always displayed in their signature golden french fry color, except in Sedona, Arizona. What color are the arches in Sedona?
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Turquoise. Sedona has a rule that prevents buildings and signage from clashing with the natural surroundings. They opted for the more aesthetically pleasing color of Turquoise.  


35. What animal, that has become synonymous with American ideals of freedom and the pioneering West, isn’t actually indigenous to the US and was brought over from Spain?
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The mustang. The wild horses you can still see today are descendants of Spanish and Iberian Horses.


Sand Dunes Near Boise Idaho

36. Which state boasts the tallest freestanding sand dune in the US?
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At 420 feet, Bruneau Dunes State Park, located a one hour drive from Boise, in Idaho is home to the tallest freestanding dune.

READ MORE: Learn more about Bruneau Dunes and 10 other amazing day trips from Boise.


37.  What is the most widely grown product in the US?
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Corn


38.  What is the least visited National Park in the US?
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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska. It’s thought of as “one of the last truly wild places on earth.”


39. What is the most fatal job in the US?
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The use of heavy machinery and working with heavy logs makes logging work the most dangerous job in the US.


40. Which state issues the most traffic tickets per year?
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Ohio, with Pennsylvania and New York in second and third place.


Did you ace the road trip trivia? If you’re looking for more entertainment, be sure to check out our fun road trip questions post.

Happy road tripping!

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