Have you ever been to a truck stop that made you think, “This is a boring place to be”? You won’t have to at these interstate rest areas. They have features many would describe as way beyond average and closer to weird. Regardless, these truck stops offer some uniqueness to the typical rest areas that populate the the interstates around the country. Be sure to leave your comments if you’ve happened to come across any similar truck stops.
Iowa 80 – Its not everyday that you find a trucking museum, a dog wash, and a movie theater at a truck stop. With an assortment of features that would invite many non truckers inside, you would begin to wonder about what outrageous aspect they have for people just looking for a quick meal. With their 50-foot-long salad bar, they’ve got you covered. Herbivore or not.
South of the Border (Porky’s Truck Stop) – Definitely worth the visit, this truck stop is advertised on billboards 100 miles away. Mini golf, a reptile lagoon, golf course, jogging trail, and a wedding chapel await patrons that demand more from their truck stop. Interesting to note, there’s a 200-foot-tall Sombrero Observation Tower. That’s something you definitely don’t see every day.
Little America – You can’t find a conference hotel and recreation center in all truck stops. That’s what makes Little America standout from the rest. With two locations in Wyoming, these trucks stops are nestled in a ponderosa pine forest. We hear that many patrons that visit this truck stop tend to stop to take time to remind themselves that they are actually at a truck stop and not a luxury resort.
Whiskey Pete’s – While we’re sure that this name may mislead some, we assure you that fun will be had inside this truck stop that features an outlet mall and roller coaster. Located in the middle of the Mojave Desert at the Nevada-California line, you can try your hand at the nearby casinos, grab a bite to eat at the 24hr restaurant, and business minded folks can print off a document at the business center.
Willie’s Place – This Texas truck stop is partly owned by Willie Nelson. Serving up Willie’s own brand of bio-diesel fuel and an occasional live performance at the adjacent theater and saloon, this truck stop definitely stands out. Pickup Willie Nelson merchandise inside and be sure to tune into his satellite radio show, which sometimes broadcasts live from the site.
williesplacetheater.com (now closed)
If run of the mill truck stops aren’t a priority while you’re on the road then you will enjoy what these have to offer. What’s the strangest or most interesting truck stop that you’ve came across in your career? What states have the best truck stops? Feel free to share in the comments section below!