10 Truck Stops to Visit Across America

Semi truck drivers play a vital role in the American economy. The trucking sector moves close to 70% of domestic shipments – literally driving the economy forward. Because America relies so heavily on truck drivers, it’s no surprise that truck stops dot the country.

With thousands of truck stops (http://trucker.com/truck/stops) across the United States, you won’t have a problem finding a place to get gas and use the restroom while you’re on the road. But why just get gas when you can take a warm shower, eat a nice meal, and relax a little?

Next time you head out on the open road, keep your eyes open for these 10 truck stops. They’re a favorite among truck drivers because of their luxurious amenities and their focus on great service.

1. Iowa 80 – Walcott, Iowa

Iowa 80 is the largest stuck stop in the world, which is reason enough to stop in next time you’re traveling on I-80. This 100,000 square foot truck stop offers numerous restaurants, Sunday church services, a movie theater, and a trucking museum. Other amenities include:

  • 50-foot long salad bar
  • Dental office
  • Barbershop
  • Dog wash
  • Super truck showroom, where you can customize your rig with a wide variety of accessories
  • Truckers Jamboree

For more information, visit their website here.

2. South of the Border – Hamer, South Carolina

Arguably the most famous truck stop among drivers and tourists, South of the Border is more than just a stop on the road. Located just off I-95, “The Border,” as it is affectionately known, is a great place to relax and recharge. Here you’ll find:

  • 6 restaurants, each offering its own unique dining experience
  • The largest indoor reptile exhibit in America, complete with crocodiles, snakes, and alligators
  • 200-foot Sombrero
  • Observation Tower
  • Pedroland, an amusement park with bumper cars, mini golf, and a ferris wheel
  • Marriage services, just in case you’re in the mood

For more information, visit their website here.

3. The Alamo – Sparks, Nevada

With more than 20 acres of parking, you won’t have to worry about finding a place for your big rig at The Alamo. You’ll also be able to enjoy:

  • 260 slot machines, if you feel like tempting Lady Luck
  • On-site salon and barbershop
  • Super 8 hotel, complete with a swimming pool and hot tub

Although The Alamo doesn’t offer as many amenities assume of the other truck stops on this list, it’s a favorite among drivers because of the sense of community it fosters. For more information, visit their website here.

4. Jublitz Travel Center – Portland, Oregon

Jublitz is perhaps the most well-established truck stop in the country, having operated for more than 60 years. The folks at Jublitz live to serve truck drivers, which is why you’ll find no shortage of perks at this I-5 oasis.

Plan a stop during your next trip to enjoy:

  • Live music and pool tables in the Ponderosa Lounge
  • $3 movies at the Portlander Cinema
  • Full beverage service, poker, and slot machines at Club 307
  • Truck service center
  • Upscale hotel suites
  • 15 acres of parking

For more information, visit their website here.

5. Highland Petro Stop – Racine, Wisconsin

The midwestern plains may be beautiful, but they sure do make for a long drive. Next time you’re on I-94, take a break at Highland Petro Stop. Pay a visit to the on-site chiropractor, who can work out all your aches and pains for just $25. And don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at Racine’s Famous O&H Bakery, a fourth generation family-run business.

Other amenities include:

  • Theater room
  • Hair salon
  • DOT exams
  • Laundromat
  • Game room

For more information, visit their website here.

6. Little America – Flagstaff, Arizona

Little America is less like a truck stop and more like a resort. This I-40 attraction sits on 500 acres surrounded by ponderosa pines. Here, you can enjoy:

  • Luxurious suites with driver discounts
  • Private showers
  • The Little America Grill, which serves up just about anything you could ask for, including 50¢ ice cream cones
  • Numerous shops, where you can find cowboy boots, western clothing, and Native American art
  • Driver lounge and 24-hour truck service station

For more information, visit their website here.

7. Florida 595 Truck Stop – Davie, Florida

Beat the Florida heat with free overnight truck parking at Florida 595. Located at the intersection of I-595 and I-441, Florida 595 is known to offer some of the lower diesel fuel prices. The truck stop also offers:

  • Medical and dental clinics
  • Security-guarded parking lots
  • Drive-thru truck washes
  • Several restaurants, including a sports bar, home-style diner, and pizza and sub shop
  • Game room and spa

Florida 595 also offers daily specials, deals, and coupons on their website.

8. Bosselman Travel Center – Grand Island, Nebraska

Truck drivers often describe Bosselman Travel Center as luxurious and convenient. Located just off I-80, Bosselman puts the needs of truckers and travelers first. Conveniences include:

  • Chiropractic clinic and on-site masseuse UPS, USPS, and FedEx pickups
  • Banking services
  • Spacious, clean showers
  • 24-hour restaurants and convenience store

For more information, visit their website here.

9. Morris Travel Center – Morris, Illinois

You can’t travel through Illinois on I-80 and not stop in Morris. This truck stop is famous for R Place Restaurant, which is open 24/7. In addition to the famous 4-pound Ethel burger, R Place also offers delicious homemade pastries and baked goods.

At Morris Travel Center, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Reserved parking Maintenance and tire services
  • Walking trail and pet area
  • Lounge and laundry room

10. Clearwater Travel Plaza – Clearwater, Minnesota

Dubbed by The Food Network (http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/the-best-of/5-series/truck-stops.html) as one of the top five truck stops in the U.S., Clearwater Travel Plaza is the perfect place to stop on I-94. This truck stop is home to Nelson Brothers Restaurant, where you’ll find delicious chicken and rice soup and delectable pastries. And the food isn’t the only amenity at Clearwater. Stop by to enjoy:

  • Gift shop and bookstore
  • Private showers that are cleaned after every use
  • Food court and lounge

For more information, visit their website here.

Keep these truck stops in mind next time you hit the open road. And be sure to check out our other blogs for more trucking and travel trips.