Best Road Trip Rest Areas
Travelers acquire favorite destinations, routes, hotels, cities, beaches and parks. But favorite rest stops? Yes, many drivers do have short lists of preferred rest stops -- some for the views, others for the amenities and at least one for the wildlife.
Rest stops on the Interstate Highway System, which are officially called safety rest areas, are modeled after roadside parks, according to the nonprofit Rest Area History. The original idea was to “provide minimal comfort amenities for the traveling public … toilet facilities, drinking water, picnic grounds and information.”
But you can’t keep creativity down, and in the early 1960s, “safety rest area sites emerged as unique and colorful expressions of regional flavor and modern architectural design,” according to the Rest Area History website. Here are 5 rest areas routinely lauded by road trippers.
Next time you zip past a safety rest area, think about the history, culture and scenery you might be passing up!