Destination Truck Stops That Are Worth the Drive

April 1, 2014

Truck Stops

The humble highway truck stop is undergoing a major transformation. Counter service is being replaced by noteworthy restaurants. Truck stop coffee is being upgraded by gourmet coffee shops. Full-screen movie theaters are replacing video kiosks. Travel plazas are morphing from utilitarian quick shops into mini villages that offer truckers and other travelers a full range of services.

More than a place to fuel your truck and belly, these new innovative truck stops are becoming travel destinations with restaurants, motels, entertainment and amenities that attract local residents and traveling families as well as truckers. All offer a full range of traditional truck and driver services, along with some extra perks.

Here is our list of top truck stops to check out:

  • Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Walcott, IA lives up to its billing as "The World's Largest Truck Stop." A restaurant and food court offer mealtime options. Stop by the dentist or chiropractor, get a trim at the barbershop or explore the trucking museum. Other amenities include a movie theater, truck wash and dog wash.
  • South of the Border in Dillon, SC features its own amusement park with a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, 200-foot observation tower and Reptile Lagoon where you can check out the crocs and other critters. Also onsite are specialty shops, six restaurants, a campground and motel.
  • Clearwater Travel Plaza in Clearwater, MN boasts a gourmet bakery and restaurant that have been featured on the Food Network. The incredible food is the big draw but you'll also find a well-stocked general store.
  • Jubitz in Portland, OR offers an outpatient health clinic, chiropractor, barber and shoe and boot repair. Relax at the cinema or arcade room; kick up your heels to live country music or chow down on down-home comfort food at the grill.

When you want to buy a truck or sell trucking equipment, come to TruckerToTrucker.com. When you crave creature comforts, give these destination truck stops a try. And keep them in mind if your kids or family will be joining you on the road this summer. A stop at one of these truck stops can turn a long haul into a mini vacation!

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