100 Best Road Trip Quotes and Captions for 2023

Are you looking for some funny, inspirational, or memorable road trip quotes or road trip captions? Check out this list of 100 awesome quotes about road trips!

On the hunt for funny road trip quotes? I hope the coming list of 50 options helps!

Love road trips as much as I do?

Looking for road trip quotes to inspire future adventures? Or to accompany your road trip pics on social media?

Whatever you need them for, I decided to compile a long list of 100 awesome quotes about road trips that should help.

Let’s dive in!

[Last updated: May 2023]

Here we go, then: 100 of the best quoes about road trips I could find!

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Funny Road Trip Quotes

1. “Road trips require a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt and sugar and an excellent selection of road trip tunes. Oh, and directions!” – Jenn McKinlay

2. “Sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason.” – Jerry Seinfeld

3. “We all have that one friend who is either on a road trip or planning a road-trip or thinking about a road-trip or talking to people who are on a road-trip or posting quotes about road trips.” – Crestless Wave

4. “Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save fuel, take your next trip in Kilometers.” – George Carlin


“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

— Mark Twain

6. “Never underestimate the therapeutic power of driving and listening to very loud music.” — Unknown

7. “I wish road trips could pay my bills.” – Unknown

8. “All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.” – Jack Kerouac

9. “I just said we’d make it across. I didn’t say anything about the wheels staying on.” – Road Trip (the movie)

10. “Well, we’re not in the middle of nowhere, but we can see it from here.”- Thelma and Louise

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11. “It’s a road trip! It is about adventure… It’s not like we have somewhere to go.” – John Green

12. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll

13. “Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.” – Stacy Westfall

14. “This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun. You’re gonna have fun, and I’m gonna have fun…we’re all gonna have so much f***ing fun we’re gonna need plastic surgery to remove our goddamn smiles!” – National Lampoon’s Vacation


“According to the map, we’ve only gone four inches.”

—  Dumb and Dumber

16. “That’s why I love road trips, dude. It’s like doing something without actually doing anything.” – John Green

17. “If you’re not lost, you’re not much of an explorer.” – John Perry Barlow

18. “A bend in the road, is not the end of the road….unless you fail to make the turn.” – Helen Keller

19. “The success of your journey and your destination all depend on who’s driving.” – Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

20. “If you make the mistake of looking back too much, you aren’t focused enough on the road in front of you.” – Brad Paisley

These funny quotes about road trips might not make you laugh out loud, but they may at least make you smile!

These funny quotes about road trips might not make you laugh out loud, but they may at least make you smile!

Classic Quotes About Road Trips

21. “I love being on the road. I love that lifestyle, traveling city to city, rocking out and moving on to the next place.” – Caleb Johnson

22. “Hit the road, Jack!” – Ray Charles

23. “The open road is there, it will always be there. You just have to decide when to take it.” – Chris Humphrey

24. “You know more of a road by having travelled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” – William Hazlitt


“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”

— Bob Bitchin

26. “It doesn’t matter how old you get, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9 year old was given $100.” – Unknown

27. “Look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror.” – Byrd Baggett

28. “A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting and new places.”  – Tom Lichtenheld

29. “Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.” – Hunter S Thompson

30. “The entire road trip could be summed up as one giant attempt to keep from crashing the car during fits of rage and fits of hysteria.” – Kari Martindale

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31. “If you’re on a road trip, you need driving music.” – Edgar Wright

32. “Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.” – Emma Chase

33. “Roadtripophobia (n.) The fear of not having any road trips currently booked.” – Unknown

34. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

35. “The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers.” – Dave Barry

36. “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie

37. “Baby, you got the keys. Now shut up and drive.” — Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna

38. “Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.” – Dan Rather

39. “Nobody travels on the road to success without a puncture or two.” – Unknown

40. “I wonder why it is that when I plan a route too carefully, it goes to pieces, whereas if I blunder along in blissful ignorance aimed in a fancied direction I get through with no trouble.” – John Steinbeck

We’re over half way through this list of funny road trip quotes! Have you found any you like yet?

The Gilmore Girls might not be the first source you think of when searching for road trip quotes, but this next one’s a doozy!

Popular Quotes on Road Trips

41. “We’re almost there, but nowhere near it. All that matters is that we’re going.” – Gilmore Girls

42. “Driving is boring,” Rabbit pontificates, “but it’s what we do. Most of American life is driving somewhere and then driving back wondering why the hell you went.” – John Updike

43. “In 1903 the Wright brothers invented airplanes, because in 1902 they took a road trip across the country with their family.” – Bill Engvall

44. “Take care of your car in the garage, and the car will take care of you on the road.” – Amit Kalantri

45. “God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.” – Isak Dinesen

46. “Road Trips: Because they’re cheaper than therapy.” – Unknown

47. “People having babies and getting married…and I’m like: where am I road-tripping to next?”

48. “I love road trips. You get into this Zen rhythm; throw the sense of time out the window.” – Miriam Toews

49. “Happiness is a road trip with a good playlist.” – Unknown

50. “A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.” – Emile Genest


“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

— John Steinbeck

52. “The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.” – Aaron Lauritsen

53. “Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.” – Walt Whitman

54. “There is nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

55. “There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop.” – Bill Bryson

56. “Just grab a friend and take a ride, together upon the open road.” – The Goofy Movie

57. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

58. “And just like that, we’re on our way to everywhere.” – Emery Lord

59. “Map out your future – but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it.  Make it worth the trip.” – Jon Bon Jovi

60. “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalía de Castro

Funny quotes on road trips are often inspiring too- just like this picture of a stunning road curling, curving, and unfurling before you.

Next up: some short quotes about trips.

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Short Road Trip Quotes

61. “No road is long with good company.” – Turkish Proverb

62. “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

63. “Roads are a record of those who have gone before.” – Rebecca Solnit

64. “Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.” – Confucius

65. “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Scott Myers

66. “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” – Izaak Walton

67. “Still, round the corner, there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

68. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

69. “Look for chances to take the less-traveled roads. There are no wrong turns.” – Susan Magsamen

70. “My favorite thing to do is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diane Arbus


“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”

— Erol Ozan

72. “Road trips are the equivalent of human wings.” – Victoria Erickson

73. “Of All The Paths You Take In Life Make Sure A Few Of Them Are Dirty.” – John Muir

74. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

75. “Look on every exit being an entrance somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

76. “When you go on a road trip, the trip itself becomes part of the story.” – Steve Rushin

77. “Nothing Behind Me, Everything Ahead Of Me, As Is Ever So On The Road.” – Jack Kerouac

78. “There is an unspoken bond you create with the friends you travel with.” – Kristen Sarah

79. “The road goes on forever and the party never ends.” – Robert Earl Keen

80. “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman

Last but not least, lets go through a list of 20 road trip quotes that shed light on the experience and make you think in the process.

Thought-Provoking Quotes About Road Trips

81. “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to make.” – Angela N Blount

82. “I’m on the road constantly. I’m a nomad. I don’t really have a home right now. I don’t identify with one place in particular.” – Daya

83. “She wasn’t where she had been. She wasn’t where she was going, but she was on her way.” – Jodi Hills

84. “One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

85. “I climb behind the steering wheel… I drive off immediately without once looking back; it’s a long journey but it leads to freedom.” – Corinne Hofmann

86. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

87. “I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don’t know where it’s going to lead me, but I follow it.” – Grace Jones

88. “When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

89. “Every journey is simultaneously a beginning and an ending: I was leaving my old life behind and starting on a road trip to find a new me.” – Debi Tolbert Duggar

90. “I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads.” – Paulo Coelho


“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.”

— Walt Whitman

92. “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.” – Alain de Botton

93. “Now, on this road trip, my mind seemed to uncrinkle, to breathe, to present to itself a cure for a disease it had not, until now, known it had.” – Elizabeth Berg

94. “Now there was a sense of liberation, a feeling of finality. It’s in the spinning of the wheels beneath him, the miles of road he has traveled, and the miles of road he has yet to travel. When had leaving ever seemed so difficult?” – R.D. Pires

95. “Some roads steal your time; some roads steal your comfort and some roads steal your heart!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

96. “When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it.” – Charles de Lint

97. “Why does every road eventually narrow into a point at the horizon? Because that’s where the point lies.” – Vera Nazarian

98. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you.” – Anthony Bourdain

99. “At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” – Shanti

100. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams

Enjoy These Road Trip quotes, Road Trip Captions, & Car Ride Quotes

If you want to experience the joy of travel without hopping on a plane, then road trips are one of the best ways to do it.

They’re liberating, exciting, and provide lasting memories. With any luck, this list of road trip quotes has got you excited to go on one soon.

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