Whether you’re a professional trucker or a vacationer going on a road trip this summer, you will need a place to stretch your legs and grab a snack. Some rest stops, however, have gone above and beyond the drivers’ call of duty, with amenities as wide-ranging as movie theaters, live music and museums. Find out your picks for the top 8 places to stop during your next road trip, many of them points of interest in their own right.
This hot dog emporium serves up weenies any way you like them: spicy, southwestern and even pizza-flavored. "They always have a friendly welcome for you and the food is great too!" said reader Stephen Cook. For road trippers in search of a dog, Hillbilly's has two locations in West Virginia and one in Ohio.
This Texas chain of travel centers boasts an outdoor center for hunters, car washes and more, brought to you by their friendly beaver mascot. Reader Sheila Oandasan said she likes Buc-ees for its "individual stalls in their bathrooms, which are always clean. Then they have a cool store with lots of Texas memorabilia and lots of good food."
Unlike most roadside fruit stands, Casa de Fruta features a playground, gift shop and restaurant. Reader Stacy Barawed loves its "rides for the little kids while the big kids shop for wine, sweets and the best local produce in the area!"
On a road trip to Glacier National Park? This Montana travel center is famous for its bar filled with silver dollars from around the country, but it also has 2 casinos, a motel, restaurant and more.
The 100 miles of delightfully tacky signs featuring Pedro, the mascot of this South Carolina rest stop, have kept bored drivers on I-95 entertained for more than 50 years. Once you arrive at South of the Border, be sure to check out Reptile Land and the 200-foot observation tower, shaped like a sombrero.
Located near the intersection of I-77 and I-64, this unusual West Virginia stop is a must for art lovers. "At the bottom of the hill, it's just a regular truck stop," said reader Loretta Wilson, "but at the top of the hill it's...a showcase of West Virginian artisans' crafts. They have a beautiful picnic area, a nice place to eat inside and a courtyard with tables in the center."
The giant soda bottle outside this Oklahoma roadside stop is hard to miss: it is 66 feet tall in honor of the rest stop's location on Route 66. Pick up a snack at their diner or try one of Pops' 500 types of cola, including blueberry cream soda and butterscotch root beer.
Home of Travel Channel's new show Truck Stop Missouri, Midway was a reader favorite for its unique offerings, including a tattoo parlor, a haunted house and even lawnmower racing.