Best Road Trip Apps

Road trips can be an opportunity for family bonding, and sometimes a time for whining -- these apps can help with both. Put a modern twist on classic car activities with apps like Wheels on the Bus. Bring along your phone or tablet, and your kids can express their creativity (no markers to keep track of), play games together (no pieces to lose), collaborate to solve puzzles, and more -- all on the go! You might even skip the dreaded question: Are we there yet? And for more travel fun, check out our list of Best Kids' Apps to Download Before a Flight.

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Busy Shapes 2 App Poster Image
Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Huvi App Poster Image
Simple but effective YouTube viewer gives parents control.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Sago Mini Road Trip App Poster Image
From packing to taking pictures, preschoolers drive the fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Wheels on the Bus App Poster Image
Classic kids' song becomes interactive in darling ways.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Drawing Pad App Poster Image
Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary App Poster Image
Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Tales Untold App Poster Image
Fun, well-crafted audio stories entertain parents and kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens App Poster Image
Fairy tales inspire fun, challenging puzzler.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Barefoot World Atlas App Poster Image
Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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DragonBox Big Numbers App Poster Image
Clever math resource-management game requires some patience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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This is my car - Mechanics for kids App Poster Image
Hands-on, info-packed app with only a couple of flaws.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Toontastic 3D App Poster Image
Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2017)
(2017)
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Art Set App Poster Image
Deluxe creative tool will wow artists young and old.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Me: A Kid's Diary App Poster Image
Creative space acts as unique digital diary.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Rory's Story Cubes App Poster Image
Simple app encourages creativity, storytelling.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2009)
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Wizard School App Poster Image
Get inspired with curated videos and creative challenges.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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Minecraft - Pocket Edition App Poster Image
Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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Rush Hour App Poster Image
Car puzzler with lots of levels and good help when stuck.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
(2010)
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Sound Rebound App Poster Image
Explore light, sound, and motion to bring the museum home.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Stack the States App Poster Image
Surprisingly fun geography education game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2010)
(2012)
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WordBrain App Poster Image
Word hunt gets tough quickly, has ads and purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Agents of Discovery App Poster Image
Cool location-based missions for visits to special sites.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Google Maps App Poster Image
Sublime navigation tool with cool extras.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2012)
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Swift Playgrounds App Poster Image
Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2018)
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Scribblenauts Remix App Poster Image
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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Google Earth App Poster Image
Must-see geographic exploration tool; watch for iffy videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2018)
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Codea App Poster Image
Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Curious - the game of lifelong learning App Poster Image
Learn stuff, earn smarty points in only a few minutes a day.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Fetch - A Boy and His Dog App Poster Image
Utterly charming adventure story with a dark premise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Field Trip App Poster Image
Great tour guide shows and explains nearby must-sees.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Interaction of Color by Josef Albers App Poster Image
Outstanding interactive lessons help teens explore color.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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National Parks by National Geographic App Poster Image
Excellent travel-planning tool works as a virtual trip, too.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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NPR News App Poster Image
Wide-ranging, expanded access to solid radio news programs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2014)
(2014)
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Paper by FiftyThree App Poster Image
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook fosters creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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High School Story App Poster Image
Jocks, nerds, and you star in this positive teen drama sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Solve the Outbreak App Poster Image
Detect diseases with terrific blend of mystery and science.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2014)
(2013)
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ArtStudio - Draw, Paint and Edit Photo App Poster Image
Create amazing art with ease; some nudes in online gallery.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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