Anyone who drives a truck for a living knows that the truck stop is an essential part of the job. It gives drivers an opportunity to collect themselves and get a much-needed break while out on the road. Luckily for drivers, truck stops have undergone a transformation over the last few years, in which video kiosks and counter service have been replaced by movie theaters and restaurants.
The addition of many new amenities to these stops are making them more than just a place to get a quick, cheap bite during a long trip. We’ve put together a list of the five most impressive truck stops that you may come across during a trip. If you find yourself on a run that takes you through one of these areas, these stops will make an appealing destination for a break.
South of The Border: I-95 Dillion, SC
This stop is absolutely packed with things to do. There are six different restaurants offering everything from casual dining to a steakhouse. America’s largest indoor reptile exhibit is here and open every day. Pedroland, an amusement park housed completely within South of the Border, is complete with a Ferris wheel, bumper cars and more. There’s even an inn and campground for overnight stays.
Little America: I-40 Flagstaff, AZ
We feel the need to mention that this stop is specifically located at Exit 198 off of I-40, because you won’t know that this is a truck stop by looking at it. What you see at first glance is a 500-acre hotel and golf course complete with a swimming pool, fitness center and business center. There’s also the convenience store that’s open 24/7 and Little America Grill to round out the offerings at this stop.
Tamarack Tourist Information Center: I-77 & I-64 Beckley, WV
If your haul takes you between Ohio and Virginia it’s worth it to check out a stop that’s visited by over half a million people a year. Aside from the standard food court and bathrooms, Tamarack contains an art gallery, a theater that holds live performances and a conference center.
Jubitz Truck Stop and Travel Center: I-5 Portland, OR
Named “Worlds Classiest Truck Stop” by FOX Travel Channel, Jubitz has plenty of room for those who’d rather not sleep in their rig for a change. That’s because the Portlander Inn is here and contains more than 100 rooms. That’s not all though, there’s an 80 seat movie theater, pool tables, dance lessons and live music on the weekends.
Iowa 80 Truck Stop: I-80 Walcott, IA
If you’re a professional truck driver, then you may have already heard of the biggest truck stop in the world. If you’ve never been here, however, seeing it in person is a must. At 100,000 square feet, this stop contains a movie theater, laundromat, trucking museum and church. At this stop, a driver will truly want for nothing.
Stevens Worldwide Van Lines drivers see these and many other interesting attractions all over the U.S. If you’d like to apply for an opportunity to experience what they do, fill out our online application.