Whether you’re a long-haul trucker or a cross-country roadtripper, where you choose to stop to refresh and refuel depends on the three C’s: Convenience, Comfort, and Cost. The best truck stops across the U.S. manage to combine all three, and while individual needs and preferences vary, here are a few things to look for to ensure your truck stop experience is a pleasant one:
After several hundred miles on the road, your windshield will be a dirt-smeared, oil-spattered insect graveyard that requires attention far beyond the capabilities of a typical gas station squeegee. The best truck stops provide thick brushes to scrub away debris, extra-long windshield washer handles to reach every grimy inch of glass, and ample washing fluid mixed with the water.
Cold Pop Tarts for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches for dinner might be adequate for a day or two when you’re trying to make good time on the road, but there’s something special about a hot meal that didn’t come from a drive-through window. Some truck stops have restaurants open 24 hours, and others specialize in region cuisine. If you stop at Golden Acorn Casino, you have multiple options: dining at the Golden Grill, grabbing a quick wholesome snack at the Del Oro Deli, or relaxing at the Player’s Bar.