The 101 Most Fun Trivia Questions and Answers for Your Next Road Trip

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The 101 Most Fun Trivia Questions and Answers for Your Next Road Trip

Trivia is fun for everyone, especially when spending a lot of time in the car on a long drive!  What’s better when driving cross-country with your best friends or family members than a classic road trip game of trivia?  Enjoy these 101 fun trivia questions and answers for your next long road trip.  Good news.  They even work to pass the time while you fly or take the train!

United States Travel Trivia

If you are on a long journey across America, check your general knowledge of the US with these fun questions.

  • How many miles of roads does the US have?
    • 253 million miles
  • Name all five Great Lakes
    • Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior
  • Which of the five Great Lakes is the smallest?
    • Lake Ontario has a surface area of 7,340 square miles.
  • From what country did America receive the Statue of Liberty as a gift?
    • France
  • What is the longest Interstate Highway in the US?
    • Route 90
  • “The land of 10,000 Lakes” is the famous nickname of what state?
    • Minnesota
  • Which state has the most miles of coastline?
    • Alaska, with 6,640 miles
  • How many people have died on Mount Everest?
    • About 300 people.  Mount Everest is the 7th deadliest mountain in the world.
  • Name the four presidents whose heads are carved into Mount Rushmore
    • George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln
  • The least traveled US highway is located in what state?
    • Alaska
  • What is the most visited tourist attraction in the USA?
    • Times Square in New York City – over 50 million visitors per year.
  • Which state in the US is only one syllable long?
    • Maine
  • Old Faithful is a geyser in what American National Park and where?
    • Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming
  • Which US State has its motto “Live free or die” on its vehicle license plate?
    • New Hampshire

How Well Do You Know the United States?

  • Of all the cities in the world, what US city has the most hotel rooms?
    • Las Vegas
  • What group of lakes in New York State carries the name of a part of the human anatomy?
    • The Finger Lakes
  • Name the most famous military cemetery in Virginia, which is the final resting place for over 400,000 military veterans.
    • Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia
  • What small historical island sits within San Francisco Bay, and for what is it known?
    • Alcatraz Island is famous for housing several infamous prisoners, including Al Capone
  • Who was the first president to live in the White House?
    • John Adams
  • What was the original capital of the United States?
    • Philadelphia
  • How much does it cost to produce a $1 bill?
    • 5 cents
  • To arrive in California before winter, what animal travels up to 2000 miles yearly?
    • The Monarch Butterfly
  • What is the only state that begins with the letter P?
    • Pennsylvania
  • How many stripes and stars are on the American flag?
    • 13 stripes indicating the original 13 colonies, and 50 stars, one for each state
  • What is the official name of Texas?
    • The Lone Star State
  • In what state is the Crazy Horse Memorial – a giant horse carved into a mountain?
  • What California City was formerly called “Yerba Buena?”
    • San Francisco
  • What famous river in the US runs 2,340 miles and travels through 10 states?
    • The Mississippi River

Planes, Trains, and Automobile Trivia

These general questions about the three best ways to travel are a great way to start a conversation while you’re on a long car journey.

  • Which city has more cars than people?
    • San Marino, Europe
  • What is the name of the theme park that Clark Griswold took his family to in the 1983 movie “Vacation?”
    • Walley World
  • What color are most airplane seats?  And why?
    • Blue, because it’s a calming color and it’s easiest to clean
  • What are the average speed and altitude of a passenger plane?
    • 575 mph at 36,000 feet
  • How many parts are there in a Boeing 747?
    • Six million parts!
  • What is the average weight of an airplane engine?
    • Approximately 9,500 pounds
  • What percentage of the world’s population has been on an airplane?
    • Only 5% of people have flown
  • In what year was the first Corvette introduced, and where was it built?
    • 1953 at the GM plant in Flint, Michigan
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  • What animal is on the Porsche logo?
    • A horse
  • Which two airlines merged in 2013, becoming the world’s largest airline?
    • American Airlines and US Airways
  • What song mentions a Chevrolet?
    • American Pie by Don McLean
  • What was the first commercially available hybrid gasoline-electric car in the United States, and when was it first available?
    • The Honda Insight in 1999
  • How are modern metro trains powered?
    • Electricity
  • What city was home to the very first underground train in 1863?
    • The London Metropolitan carried 38,000 passengers on the first day.

How Well Do You Know Plane, Train, and Automobile Facts?

  • What country was home to the first high-speed train?  And what was it called?
    • Japan’s bullet trains began in the 1960s
  • What was the fastest form of transportation before trains?
    • Horse-drawn stagecoaches.  They traveled at a whopping 7 miles per hour!
  • In what country and state did the first commercial flight take place?
    • It took place in the USA – from St. Petersburg, FL, across the bay to Tampa, FL in 1914.  It traveled 18 miles in 23 minutes.  (INSERT PHOTO HERE)
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A monument to Tony Jannus and the first commercial flight from St. Pete to Tampa stands on the St. Pete Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida – Photo Credit Veronicajune Photography
  • What country is home to the busiest airport in the world?  Name that airport
    • The USA, with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia
  • In what year was Amtrak founded?
    • In 1971
  • Which automobile manufacturer was the first to offer seat belts as an optional feature?
    • Nash Motors Company in 1950.
  • In what year did the famous “unsinkable” Titanic take her first and last voyage?
    • 1912
  • How many airplanes are in the air at any given time?
    • The FAA states that more than 5,000 planes are in the air at any given moment in the US, and more than 8,000 are flying worldwide.
  • What is the longest motorable road in the world?
    • The Pan-American Highway is 30,000 miles long and goes from Canada down to South America.
  • Where is the USS Arizona Memorial located?
    • Honolulu Hawaii
  • What two men starred in the classic holiday travel film “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles?”
    • Steve Martin and John Candy

World Travel Trivia

Road trip trivia games are fun not just for car rides but are also one of the best ways to pass the time on a long flight.  These questions may help you learn something new about our great big world!

  • How many time zones are there in the world?
    • More than 24
  • Name the five languages spoken most throughout the world
    • English, Mandarin, Spanish, Hindustani, Arabic
  • What is the only country whose name ends with the letter Q?
    • Iraq
  • In what country is the Colosseum located?
    • Rome, Italy
  • In what country was tea invented?
    • China
  • How many provinces are there in Canada?
    • Ten provinces and three territories
  • How many countries begin with the letter W?
    • None!
  • Which South American Country is home to two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest?
    • Brazil
  • How many different languages are spoken throughout the world today?
    • 6,500 languages
  • What is the population of the world?
    • Approximately 7.5 billion people
  • What are the only three countries that don’t use the metric system?
    • The United States, Libya, and Myanmar
  • What country has an Island inhabited entirely by rabbits?
    • Japan.  The name of the island is Okunoshima
  • What country produces the most coffee in the world?
    • Brazil
  • Which continent has no snakes on it?

How Well Do You Know Your World?

  • What is the currency called in Japan?
    • Yen
  • What is the National Animal of Scotland?
    • The Unicorn
  • What is the longest river in South America?
    • The Amazon River
  • What is the capital city of Canada?
    • Ottawa
  • What country has the smallest population density (the fewest people per mile)?
    • Mongolia
  • Builders of the Great Wall of China used what grain in its construction?
    • Rice
  • Which country is the most earthquake-prone?
    • Japan
  • What is the most bicycle-friendly country in the world?
    • Copenhagen
  • What city boasts the largest population in the world?
    • Tokyo
  • What ocean is the largest ocean on the planet?
    • The pacific ocean is the largest and covers over 30% of the earth’s surface.
  • What is the largest living lizard, and in what country can you find them?
    • The Komodo Dragon from Indonesia
  • Which country has the most lakes in the world?
    • Canada has over three million lakes!
  • What nation is the only one on earth to have no prison?
    • Vatican City in Rome.  Their criminals serve their sentences in Italian prisons.
  • In which country did the Olympics begin?
    • Greece
  • What is the largest city in North America
    • Mexico City is the biggest at 573 square miles and has a population of nearly 22 million.  Close behind are New York City and Los Angeles.
  • Hong Kong is home to the world’s longest what?
    • Covered Escalator that runs for half-mile
  • “The boot” is a nickname for what country?
    • Italy
  • Name the two countries where Coca-Cola is not available.
    • North Korea and Cuba
  • What is the largest country in the world with no farmland?
    • Singapore

General Travel Trivia

This list of road trip questions covers some of your favorite packing facts, pop culture points of interest, and more conversation starters!

  • When packing for vacation, what is the item most commonly forgotten?
    • The phone charger
  • What travel vessel was Rapper Pitbull chosen to be “Godfather”?
    • In 2015, Pitbull christened the Norwegian Escape, a cruise ship, thus becoming the first “Godfather” of a ship.
  • What tv show features teams of two racing around the world for a one million dollar prize?
    • The Amazing Race
  • How many ounces of liquid can a passenger carry on in their luggage?
    • A passenger can carry 3.4 ounces of liquid in travel-sized containers and one quart-sized bag of liquids, gels, and aerosols.
  • When were wheeled suitcases invented?
    • Invented in 1970 and patented in 1972.
  • Who invented luggage?
    • The ancient Egyptians began using luggage as wooden boxes covered with animal fat or leather to make them waterproof.

How Well Do You Know These Travel Facts?

  • In what movie did Julia Roberts star as a freshly divorced woman traveling for nine months to find herself?
    • Eat Pray Love in 2010
  • In what movie did Tom Hanks play an Eastern European man stuck in an airport terminal?
    • The Terminal in 2004
  • What metal band became the first band in history to perform on all seven continents?
    • Metallica earned this Guinness World Record when they played in a transparent dome at Carlini Station in Antarctica.
  • The Formula Rossa roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dabi is famous for being what?
    • The world’s fastest coaster and goes from zero to 149 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds.
  • Where is the Leap-The-Dips Roller Coaster located, and what makes it famous?
    • The coaster is in Altoona, Pennsylvania, was built in 1902 and is the longest operating roller-coaster in the world.
  • What form of travel goes wrong in the 1972 movie, The Poseidon Adventure?
    • A cruise ship, of course!
  • Which fast food chain has the most storefronts around the world?
    • Subway

Wrapping it all up!

Before you set out on the next long car ride, pack these fun road trip trivia questions to entertain your entire family and friends.  You’ll make fun new memories while learning fun facts about our country and the world!  Happy travels!

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