It’s summer and you are ready to get away so discover the American Great Plains with a road trip. There is one thing you don’t want to hear, “Are we there yet?” Our team has put together your Midwest road trip planner with essentials to make it a trip to remember.
How should we prepare for a road trip?
Mobile device: make sure you have chargers that will work in the car as well as in a wall.
Car ready: it might be a good idea to get an oil change if it’s almost due; plus, have the shop check all lights, fluid levels, tire pressure and everything.
Spare ready: it’s a good idea to check the spare tire to make sure it’s in good shape.
Trunk ready: be ready for possible issues by packing bottled water, a fire extinguisher, first aid kit and emergency road flares.
What apps are good to use on a road trip?
Obviously, you will need your favorite map and weather apps. These are our suggestions for apps that can help you make the Road Trip a success.
Roadtrippers (free) to plan your route and find the amazing stop on the way. Get our Midwest Road Trip online.
Roadside America ($2.99) to find the cool and quirky sites along the route
Gas Buddy (free) to find the lowest prices along the way
What games can we play on a road trip?
Our list includes downloadable prints (click the image to get the games) but nothing to buy. Don’t forget the classic crayons and coloring books.
License plate map game: Probably one of the oldest road trip games, searching for license plates from all of the continental U.S. is a perfect game for a long road trip. Give extra points for any outside the continental U.S.
Tic Tac Toe
Name That Tune: using your own playlist or with a car radio that scans stations with a “seek” button.
Conversation starters (download)
Alphabet: look for things inside the car, outside the car or business names starting with the letter A all the way to Z.
20 Questions: You’ve probably played it before, but just to refresh your memory: one player thinks of a person, place, or thing. The others take turns asking yes-or-no questions; after each question, they get a guess about what/where/who it is. If they don’t solve it after 20 questions, they lose.
What is the best road trip playlist?
Spotify Classic Road Trip Songs playlist includes classics like Rocketman, Running On Empty, Jack & Diane and Bohemian Rhapsody.
What are the classic road trip snacks?
Our list of classics are low to no mess for all ages.
Slurpee or ICEE
Oatmeal Creme Pies by Little Debbie
Pringles; any flavor
Sour Gummy Worms
Cut veggies are a healthy option
What can we do on a Great Plains road trip?
Our Iowa Tour Company team is ready to share the city with your team. The goal is to help you discover the local stories and landmarks of Des Moines. Our network of local teams are also available in Omaha, St. Louis and Kansas City.
Tours Experiences: we invite you join us on a local walking history or food tour. Our expert local hosts will share the stories, tastes and landmarks that make the city great.
Self-Guided Tours: we also offer tours you can take on your own time while walking, biking or driving.
Free Guides: we have local guides to help you discover top eats and drinks in the city plus top museums and sights to see. Plan your visit during the drive.