Packing up the car and hitting the open road? Get inspiration for your next vacation on four wheels with these quotes about road trips.

By Real Simple
Updated March 29, 2018
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There is no better way to see the country (or a piece of it) than by taking a road trip. You get an up-close view of things you miss when you fly—scenic open roads, quirky small-town attractions, and the ability to see how and where other people in the country live. It's no surprise that when people make a long drive, they end up with a lot of funny and inspiring things to say about the memories made along the way.

To get you excited for your next big drive, or if you’re looking for inspiration for the Instagram captions that will accompany your own vacation photos, see below for some of the best, sometimes funny, quotes about road trips.

Inspiring road trip quotes

“It's a road trip! It's about adventure! … It's not like we have somewhere to go.” ― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

“No one you have been and no place you have gone ever leaves you. The new parts of you simply jump in the car and go along for the rest of the ride. The success of your journey and your destination all depend on who's driving.” ― Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

“The Americans have found the healing of God in a variety of things, the most pleasant of which is probably automobile drives.” ― William Saroyan, Short Drive, Sweet Chariot

Funny road trip quotes

“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, Dave Barry Turns Fifty

“Driving like a man is one of her few foibles.” ― Elizabeth Wein, The Pearl Thief

“There were some people, it seemed, who were incapable of being pleasant about anything. Of course, the cars that such people drove tended to be difficult as well. Nice cars have nice drivers; bad cars have bad drivers. A person's gearbox revealed everything that you could want to know about that person.”Alexander McCall Smith, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

Famous road trip quotes

“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.” ― Dan Rather

“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, Rabbit at Rest

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Movie road trip quotes

“Remember: the car is you, you are the car. Okay? Let's ride!” ― From Gone in 60 Seconds

“Everybody in the car. Boat leaves in two minutes... or perhaps you don't want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which is only four short hours away?” — From National Lampoon's Vacation

“Well, we're not in the middle of nowhere, but we can see it from here.” — From Thelma and Louise

“Kiss my 330 cubic inches of V8 power, sucker!” —From Are We There Yet?