National Road Trip Day: Celebrate the National Day in 2023!

National Road Trip Day is an annual holiday dedicated to those who love hitting the road and exploring the country by land. Celebrated on the Friday before Memorial Day, this holiday serves as the official kickoff to the summer road trip season.

This particular national day was conceived by Pilot Flying J, the largest travel center operator in North America, and it was officially declared as such in 2019. The day comes right before Memorial Day, which itself comes at the beginning of the summer months. With a three day weekend and often warm weather, plenty of people use the weekend to kick off summer travel. So it is no wonder that this Friday in May makes the perfect time to celebrate road travel.

Only one question then remains: where are you traveling to this National Road Trip Day?

National Road Trip Day - How to Celebrate this National Day! - Classen Inn Motel in Oklahoma City
Classen Inn Motel in Oklahoma City

When is National Road Trip Day?

Every year since 2019 National Road Trip Day has been celebrated on the Friday before Memorial Day at the end of May. In 2023 the national day falls on May 26. Here are some of the future dates to come so you can start planning your travels:

  • May 26, 2023
  • May 24, 2024
  • May 23, 2025
  • May 22, 2026
  • May 28, 2027
  • May 26, 2028
  • May 25, 2029
National Road Trip Day - How to Celebrate this National Day! - Blue Whale of Catoosa in Oklahoma
Blue Whale of Catoosa in Oklahoma

How do you celebrate National Road Trip Day?

How do you celebrate National Road Trip Day? By taking a road trip, of course! The best way to observe this holiday is to hit the open road. Spend the day driving somewhere not so far, all of Memorial Day weekend traveling somewhere fun, or use the day to kick off a grand adventure!

Is a road trip not on your itinerary this year? Here are some more suggestions for how to spend the day:

  • Plan a road trip! If travel isn’t in the cards right now, use this Friday to plan your next adventure. Whether it’s a trip you’re taking later in the summer, something planned for next year, or your ultimate bucket list trip, it’s the perfect day to plan your travels. Need help? Visit our Road Trip Planner for everything you need to plan a road trip!
  • Reminisce on road trips past! Today is a great day to think about all the road trips you’ve taken in the past. What was your favorite vacation? Where was your favorite stop? Look through old photos and share your memories on social media! Need inspiration? Check out our Road Trip Instagram Story Ideas and Road Trip Captions for Instagram!
  • Read about road trips! Curl up with a good road trip book and live vicariously through the characters. There are plenty of great fiction and non fiction books to choose from. Need recommendations? Check out our list of Route 66 Books.
  • Play a road trip game! who says you have to be in a car to play a car game? While it might be a little hard to play the License Plate Game in your living room, there are plenty of others that you can play anywhere you are! Ready to play? Check our lists of Road Trip Games, Road Trip Games for Two, and Road Trip Games for Adults. Want more? Pick up a copy of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book for 100 road trip games and activities plus fun and unique journal prompts!
The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

El Reno Mother Road Monument on Oklahoma Route 66 - Giant Route 66 shield photo opportunity
El Reno Mother Road Monument on Oklahoma Route 66.

Where should you travel on National Road Trip Day?

The great thing about road trips is that you can go anywhere your car can take you. Just make sure you plan ahead! Memorial Day weekend is a popular weekend to travel, so you might encounter traffic and hotels and activities might sell out.

Need some inspiration for where to travel or how to plan your road trip? Check out some of our ideas below!

Historic Route 66 Begin Sign in Chicago, Illinois

Best USA Road Trip Ideas and Routes

Want to take the great American road trip? We’ve gathered some of the best USA road trip ideas and routes that will take you through some of the most scenic areas of the country. Whether you have a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks. Whether you love visiting big cities, exploring national parks, or seeing weird roadside attractions. There is an amazing road trip route for everyone.

Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

Best Roadside Attractions in Each State

We’ve compiled a list of the weirdest tourist attractions in all 50 states. They range from towering dinosaurs to Stonehenge replicas made from a variety of kooky materials to over-the-top fruits and nuts to some treasures of Route 66. Wherever you’re traveling this National Road Trip Day, find a roadside attraction on your route!

Pompeys Pillar National Monument in Montana | William Clark (Lewis & Clark) carved his name and the date of his visit on a rock bluff next to the Yellowstone River. | Montana tourist attractions and historical monuments

What to See on a Road Trip

If you’re planning a road trip and wondering where you can expect to stop, read on for some ideas and inspiration.

Road Trip Planner p Plan Your Road Trip

Road Trip Planner

Planning a road trip can be fun, but daunting. Whether you love visiting National Parks, enjoy photographing world’s largest roadside attractions, or just like taking long drives, you’re going to want a plan. Our road trip planner walks you through all of the things you need to think about before and during your trip to have the best time possible.

 

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation. The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book features fun and engaging journal prompts. plus 100 activities and games to play in the car, at your hotel, or at stops along your route.

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National Road Trip Day is an annual holiday dedicated to those who love hitting the road and exploring the country by land. Celebrated on the Friday before Memorial Day, this holiday serves as the official kickoff to the summer road trip season. The day comes right before Memorial Day, which itself comes at the beginning of the summer months. Where are you traveling to this National Road Trip Day? #RoadTrip #RoadTripDay #NationalRoadTripDay #RoadTripPlanning
National Road Trip Day is an annual holiday dedicated to those who love hitting the road and exploring the country by land. Celebrated on the Friday before Memorial Day, this holiday serves as the official kickoff to the summer road trip season. The day comes right before Memorial Day, which itself comes at the beginning of the summer months. Where are you traveling to this National Road Trip Day? #RoadTrip #RoadTripDay #NationalRoadTripDay #RoadTripPlanning
National Road Trip Day is an annual holiday dedicated to those who love hitting the road and exploring the country by land. Celebrated on the Friday before Memorial Day, this holiday serves as the official kickoff to the summer road trip season. The day comes right before Memorial Day, which itself comes at the beginning of the summer months. Where are you traveling to this National Road Trip Day? #RoadTrip #RoadTripDay #NationalRoadTripDay #RoadTripPlanning

Valerie Bromann

Founder & ROad Trip Expert

Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

World's Largest Mailbox in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.