When most folks think about truckstops, typically, they don’t have the greatest reputation. Truthfully, we’ve all seen some that have been borderline repulsive. No one would traditionally categorize truckstops with luxury, but… that is starting to change. Some of these stops feature such nice amenities that they’re more of a highway haven than simply a place to fill-up and freshen up.
Coolest Truck Stops in the US
1. Iowa 80 (Walcott, Iowa)
If you are on the road approaching the I-80 Exit 284 in Walcott, Iowa, be sure to brake for the world’s largest truck stop. Iowa 80 has been operating for over 50 years when it was originally founded by a man named Bill Moon for Standard Oil. Fast-forward to today and its 28 remodels and expansions.
According to Iowa80Truckstop.com, here’s some of the unique features this truckstop has to offer you: the Iowa 80 Kitchen (a 300-seat restaurant); gift store, the Super Truck Showroom, a dentist, a barber shop, a chiropractor, a workout room, laundry facilities, a 60-seat movie theatre, a trucker’s TV lounge, a Verizon store kiosk, 24 private showers, a Food Court (featuring Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, Orange Julius, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Caribou Coffee); a convenience store, a custom embroidery and vinyl shop, 10 gas islands, 16 diesel lanes, a fuel center, a 7-bay truck service center, a 3-bay Truckomat truck wash, a CAT Scale, a Dogomat Pet Wash, and the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.
Whether you’re overdue for a dentist visit, need a haircut, want to catch a flick in a real theatre, or have sudden back troubles; Iowa 80 has something beneficial to offer you.
2. South of the Border (Hamer, South Carolina)
“America’s favorite highway oasis”, according to their website, South of the Border has been around for over 50 years and today offers a reptile lagoon, Pedroland which is equipped with rides and an arcade, and Sombrero Observation Tower which allows visitors to see the South Carolina countryside from 200 feet above ground. It even has a wedding chapel. This truck stop definitely has character!
3. Jubitz Truck Stop & Travel Center (Portland, Oregon)
Jubitz Truck Stop not only has the standard amenities expected of any truckstop, but was named by the FOX Travel Channel as the “World’s Classiest Truck Stop” in 2003. Perhaps its 24-hour Cascade Grill Restaurant, nightclub Ponderosa Lounge, or $5 films shown in an 80-seat theater that claimed the title. Additionally, Jubitz has a 24-hour arcade and Portlander Inn Hotel which offer special pricing for CDL holders.
4. Little America (Flagstaff, Arizona)
If you find yourself needing a place to relax while on the road in Flagstaff, AZ, you’ve got to explore Little America. They offer affordable driver rates at a luxurious hotel, 24-hour convenience (store, service center and travel center), $10 private shower, scales, new/used parts, Little America Grill, and is only a short distance from the Grand Canyon!
5. Whiskey Pete’s (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Whiskey Pete’s, which opened a little over a year ago, is not your run of the mill truck stop. What other truckstop provides you with 40 slot machines? Although, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Vegas. Even if you don’t have time to experience the city of sin before hitting the road again, you can still get a taste. And, with a amenities like 7 private laundry facilities, a professional driver lounge with flat screen televisions, fast-food chains (including Subway, Starbucks, Q’doba Mexican Grill, and Dairy Queen) and free WiFi; its a must-go for passerby’s. Located on the Nevada-California border, Whiskey Pete’s is a unique place to stop in for a fill up– who knows, maybe you’ll even win big!