The main reason why truck stops were originally created was to provide fuel for huge delivery trucks. Over the years, truck stops in the United States started offering more services. Trucks parking, restrooms, shops, fast foods, restaurants are some of them. Some even offer hotels or hostels.
Finding a truck stop in the US is not hard since there are plenty of them. Huge billboards and road signs along routes make it even easier to locate them. But what is hard to find, is a good truck stop.
Being a truck driver is not easy. A very long road awaits you and you have to be constantly aware of everything happening around you. It is very tiring and if you are driving alone. The chances are you will have to stop a few times along the road to rest, eat and spend time around people. It doesn’t matter if they are total strangers. Most of them are stopping there for the same reasons as you. It is always nice if the truck stop offers a variety of activities where you can socialize a little bit.
Below I have listed 5 best truck stops in the US that offer you exactly what you need and sometimes even more.
Iowa 80 (http://iowa80truckstop.com/)
Located in Walcott Iowa, the 100,000 square foot stop Iowa 80 is the largest truck stop in the world. It recently won the Coolest Truck Stop in America award, so, there you have it: the biggest and the coolest truck stop in the US.
At Iowa 80 you can find anything you will need for real relaxation time. Among the services available are: a movie theater, a trucking museum, private showers, barber shop, dentist, gym, laundry facilities and a huge restaurant that is well known for its 50-foot- long salad bar. It also offers church services on Sundays and, for 35 years now, Iowa 80 organizes the annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree.
The 36th Annual celebration that will take place from 9-11 July 2015, is a great event where you can also learn more about trucking. You can find more information about the event here http://iowa80truckstop.com/trucker-jamboree/
Billy Bob’s (http://billybobstexas.com/)
Billy Bob’s Texas truck stop is known for its country music concerts where big music stars perform live. It also offers house bands, bull riding, and dance lessons. It sounds awesome, right? You can definitely have a quality time while resting there. Furthermore, Billy Bob’s has 32 individual bar stations, a gift shop, an entertainment facility equipped with event coordinators and Billy Bob’s Texas Café which is open seven days a week and offers among others real Texas smoked barbeque beef brisket.
Little America ( http://flagstaff.littleamerica.com/)
If you are into luxury resorts, Little America truck stop, located in Flagstaff, Arizona is the place for you. The reason why Little America looks more like a luxury resort than a truck stop is that it is not designed only as a truck stop. It has a getaway giant 500-acre hotel with golf course, swimming pool, gym, conference hall, etc. in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by a pine tree forest. Little America also has two locations in Wyoming.
As a truck driver, you can get special room discounts and you can check Little America’s gas prices online prior to arriving there. The stop also has garage services, a service station, a travel center open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and its Little America Grill is open every day.
Sapp Bros (www.sappbrostruckstops.net)
The next best truck stop in the US is Sapp Bros, located in Sidney, Nebraska. There are also 16 Sapp Bros stops between Salt Lake City in Utah and Clearfield in Pennsylvania that provide 24-hour road service.
The Sapp Bros is well known for its superior customer service. This is their mission: “Treat every customer as our guest by providing a clean environment, quality products, and a commitment to excellent service.”
If you ever happen to use their restroom, you will understand why they are mostly well known for their superior customer service. Their unusual truck stop restrooms offer granite countertops. If they are not, you can simply push a button located in the bathroom. That button will flash a light behind the cash register until the staff takes care of the problem.
Morris Travel Center (http://www.tatravelcenters.com/location-details/ta-morris)
Last but not least, Morris travel Center located in Morris, Illinois, offers various facility services such as travel store, laundry room, driver’s lounge, eShop, StayFit walking trail and more.
If you happen to be hungry while at Morris Travel center, check out their R-Place restaurant (http://www.rplaceeatery.com/home.html). It is one of the best truck stop restaurants in the United States. Open 24/7, it offers the finest homemade food. Including pastries, bakery, and the exquisite 4-pound Ethyl Burger. The Ethyl Burger special was created in 1987. It was created to offer burger lovers the ultimate challenge. For more info about the challenge rules click here: http://www.rplaceeatery.com/premium-ethyl.html
Now, don’t forget to check out our trucking section. We have written about how to relieve pain and stay healthy on the road, as well as what makes a truck driver a truck driver and more. I hope this was helpful information, both to senior drivers, as well as to those new on the road. If you would like to share your favorite truck stop in the US, please let us know in the comments. Thanks!