Most people enjoy going on a road trip for the destination, but this doesn’t mean that one should neglect the journey. Traveling with family, friends or other loved ones does not have to become boring after the first hour. Use these 100 road trip trivia questions when you want to keep the energy alive and have fun on your road trip. They are perfect for long drives as you have a seemingly endless amount of time to brainstorm each answer.

This may seem like a simple activity, but it is a great way to pass time. You never know what you will learn or discover you already knew when teasing your brain with these questions. To make the game even more fun, put a praise or punishment at stake for the winner or loser once you arrive at your destination. Also, do not forget to involve the driver so they can stay alert and engaged while driving (but of course make sure they are not distracted).

Here are 100 road trip trivia questions to lighten the mood and make the drive go by faster.

How Much Do You Know About Famous Landmarks?

  1. What iconic monument in Egypt is known for its massive limestone structure and Sphinx guarding its entrance? (Answer: The Great Pyramid of Giza)
  1. Which famous bridge in San Francisco is often shrouded in fog and connects the city to Marin County? (Answer: Golden Gate Bridge)
  1. The Great Wall of China was primarily built to protect against invasions from which historical group of people? (Answer: Mongol Invasions)
  1. What famous statue stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor and was a gift from France to the United States in 1886? (Answer: Statue of Liberty)
  1. In which city can you find the Colosseum, an ancient amphitheater known for its gladiatorial contests and events? (Answer: Rome, Italy)
  1. What natural wonder along the US-Canada border is one of the world’s largest and most famous waterfalls? (Answer: Niagara Falls)
  1. The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a beautiful white marble mausoleum located in which Indian city? (Answer: Agra)
  1. What is the name of the iconic skyscraper in Dubai, known for its futuristic design and being the tallest man-made structure in the world? (Answer: Burj Khalifa)
  1. Which ancient archaeological site in Peru is famous for its intricate terraces and was once the center of the Inca Empire? (Answer: Machu Picchu)
  1. Stonehenge, a mysterious prehistoric monument, is located in which country in the United Kingdom? (Answer: England)

Test Your Geography Knowledge

  1. What is the largest desert in the world? (Answer: The Sahara Desert)
  1. Which river is the longest in the world? (Answer: The Nile River)
  1. What is the world’s largest ocean? (Answer: The Pacific Ocean)
  1. Which country is both the smallest by land area and population in the world? (Answer: Vatican City)
  1. What mountain range runs along the western edge of South America? (Answer: The Andes Mountains)
  1. In which ocean would you find the Maldives, a tropical paradise known for its overwater bungalows? (Answer: Indian Ocean)
  1. Which African country is known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills” due to its hilly and mountainous terrain? (Answer: Rwanda)
  1. What is the world’s largest coral reef system, located off the coast of Queensland, Australia? (Answer: The Great Barrier Reef)
  1. Which U.S. state is the only one to be located entirely in the Pacific Ocean? (Answer: Hawaii)
  1. What body of water lies between Saudi Arabia and Africa? (Answer: The Red Sea)

Do You Remember the US State Capitals?

  1. What is the capital of California? (Answer: Sacramento)
  1. Which state capital is known as the “Mile High City”? (Answer: Denver, Colorado)
  1. What is the capital of Texas? (Answer: Austin)
  1. Augusta is the capital of which U.S. state? (Answer: Maine)
  1. Which state capital is located on the banks of the Mississippi River and is known for its jazz and blues music heritage? (Answer: Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
  1. What is the capital of New York? (Answer: Albany)
  1. Honolulu is the capital of which U.S. state? (Answer: Hawaii)
  1. In which state capital can you find the famous “Freedom Trail” and the Massachusetts State House? (Answer: Boston, Massachusetts)
  1. Carson City serves as the capital of which U.S. state? (Answer: Nevada)
  1. What is the capital of Arizona, known for its dry desert climate and the Grand Canyon State nickname? (Answer: Phoenix)

How Well Do You Know the Capitals of Countries Around the World?

  1. What is the capital of France? (Answer: Paris)
  1. Which country’s capital is Wellington and is known for its stunning landscapes featured in “The Lord of the Rings” film series? (Answer: New Zealand)
  1. What is the capital of Brazil? (Answer: Brasília)
  1. Which European capital is often called the “Venice of the North” due to its numerous canals and waterways? (Answer: Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  1. What is the capital of South Africa, known for its legislative buildings and the Union Buildings? (Answer: Pretoria)
  1. In which country would you find the capital city of Bangkok? (Answer: Thailand)
  1. What is the capital of Canada? (Answer: Ottawa)
  1. Which country’s capital is Nairobi and is famous for its wildlife and national parks, including the Maasai Mara? (Answer: Kenya)
  1. In which European city can you find the Acropolis, a famous ancient citadel and UNESCO World Heritage Site? (Answer: Athens, Greece)
  1. What is the capital of Russia, known for its historic Red Square and the Kremlin? (Answer: Moscow)

American History Trivia Every Citizen Should Know

  1. Who was the first President of the United States? (Answer: George Washington)
  1. What historic event took place on July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was adopted? (Answer: The United States declared its independence from Britain.)
  1. Which American inventor is credited with inventing the light bulb? (Answer: Thomas Edison)
  1. During which war was the Battle of Gettysburg fought? (Answer: The American Civil War)
  1. What is the name of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to America in 1620? (Answer: The Mayflower)
  1. Who wrote the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States? (Answer: Francis Scott Key)
  1. What event in 1848 led to a rush of people seeking gold in California? (Answer: The California Gold Rush)
  1. Which American aviator was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean? (Answer: Charles Lindbergh)
  1. What U.S. president is known for delivering the Gettysburg Address during the Civil War? (Answer: Abraham Lincoln)
  1. In 1969, which Apollo mission successfully landed the first humans on the moon? (Answer: Apollo 11)

World History Road Trip Trivia To Test Global Knowledge

  1. Who is credited with painting the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous artworks in the world? (Answer: Leonardo da Vinci)
  1. What treaty officially ended World War I in 1919? (Answer: Treaty of Versailles)
  1. Which ancient wonder of the world was a monumental tomb built for an Egyptian pharaoh? (Answer: The Great Pyramid of Giza)
  1. What event in 1066 marked the Norman conquest of England? (Answer: The Battle of Hastings)
  1. Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932? (Answer: Amelia Earhart)
  1. What major historical event took place on November 9, 1989, leading to the reunification of Germany? (Answer: The fall of the Berlin Wall)
  1. What ancient civilization built Machu Picchu, a stunning mountaintop city in Peru? (Answer: The Inca civilization)
  1. In what year did the Titanic sink on its maiden voyage? (Answer: 1912)
  1. What is the name of the historic document that was signed in 1215, limiting the power of the English monarchy? (Answer: Magna Carta)
  1. Who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule and a proponent of nonviolent civil disobedience? (Answer: Mahatma Gandhi)

Road Trip Trivia About Wildlife 

  1. What is the largest species of big cat in the world? (Answer: Siberian Tiger)
  1. Which bird is known for its colorful plumage and is often associated with the rainforests of Central and South America? (Answer: Scarlet Macaw)
  1. What is the largest species of penguin, known for its distinctive yellow crest on its head? (Answer: Emperor Penguin)
  1. Which marine mammal is also known as the “sea cow” and is known for its slow and gentle nature? (Answer: Manatee)
  1. What is the largest species of shark, known for its enormous size and filter-feeding behavior? (Answer: Whale Shark)
  1. Which African animal is known as the “king of the jungle” and is the largest big cat species in Africa? (Answer: Lion)
  1. What is the world’s smallest mammal, often mistaken for a large bumblebee due to its size? (Answer: Bumblebee Bat)
  1. Which reptile is known for its bright green color, prehensile tail, and is often kept as a pet? (Answer: Green Iguana)
  1. What is the largest species of sea turtle, known for its distinctive ridged shell? (Answer: Leatherback Turtle)
  1. Which large herbivorous mammal is native to Africa and is known for its long neck and legs? (Answer: Giraffe)

How Many Scientific Road Trip Trivia Questions Can You Answer?

  1. What is the chemical symbol for the element oxygen? (Answer: O)
  1. In the human body, what is the main function of the heart? (Answer: Pumping blood)
  1. What is the process by which plants make their own food using sunlight? (Answer: Photosynthesis)
  1. What is the smallest unit of matter that retains the properties of an element? (Answer: Atom)
  1. Which planet in our solar system is known as the “Red Planet”? (Answer: Mars)
  1. What is the Earth’s largest organ, responsible for protecting the body from external threats? (Answer: Skin)
  1. What is the formula for calculating the speed of an object? (Answer: Speed = Distance / Time)
  1. Which gas makes up the majority of Earth’s atmosphere? (Answer: Nitrogen)
  1. What is the process by which plants and animals naturally evolve over time? (Answer: Evolution)
  1. What is the scientific term for the bending of light as it passes through different mediums, like air and water? (Answer: Refraction)

How Well Do You Remember the Books and Poetry You Read in School?

  1. Who is the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a classic novel set in the American South during the 1930s? (Answer: Harper Lee)
  1. Which Shakespearean play features the famous quote, “To be or not to be, that is the question”? (Answer: “Hamlet”)
  1. What is the title of J.K. Rowling’s first book in the “Harry Potter” series? (Answer: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” or “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in some regions)
  1. Who wrote the epic poem “Paradise Lost,” which tells the story of the fall of Satan and the creation of mankind? (Answer: John Milton)
  1. In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, what is the name of the totalitarian regime that watches and controls the citizens of Oceania? (Answer: Big Brother in “1984”)
  1. What classic novel, written by Jane Austen, explores the themes of love and class in 19th-century England? (Answer: “Pride and Prejudice”)
  1. Who penned the poem “The Road Not Taken,” which includes the famous lines, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by”? (Answer: Robert Frost)
  1. What is the title of the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that explores the decadence and excess of the Jazz Age in America? (Answer: “The Great Gatsby”)
  1. Which book by Aldous Huxley envisions a future society where citizens are controlled through pleasure and conformity? (Answer: “Brave New World”)
  1. Who is the author of the fantasy series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” which includes “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”? (Answer: C.S. Lewis)

Mythological Road Trip Trivia Questions

  1. In Greek mythology, who is the king of the gods and ruler of Mount Olympus? (Answer: Zeus)
  1. Which Norse god wields the mighty hammer Mjölnir and is known as the god of thunder? (Answer: Thor)
  1. Who is the Egyptian goddess of wisdom, writing, and magic, often depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness or a housecat? (Answer: Bastet)
  1. In Hindu mythology, what is the name of the god known as the preserver of the universe, often depicted with blue skin? (Answer: Vishnu)
  1. Which Greek hero is famous for his incredible strength and completing the Twelve Labors as punishment for his crimes? (Answer: Heracles, or Hercules in Roman mythology)
  1. In Chinese mythology, what legendary creature is often considered a symbol of good luck and protection? (Answer: Dragon)
  1. What is the name of the Greek mythological figure who flew too close to the sun with wax wings, leading to his downfall? (Answer: Icarus)
  1. Who is the Aztec god of sun, war, and human sacrifice, often depicted with a headdress of feathers? (Answer: Huitzilopochtli)
  1. In Norse mythology, what creature is said to herald the arrival of Ragnarök, the end of the world? (Answer: The wolf Fenrir)
  1. Which Roman goddess is associated with love and beauty and is often depicted with a shell and a mirror? (Answer: Venus, or Aphrodite in Greek mythology)