Trucker Mama: Truck Stops 101


The first thing I learned in researching truck stops is that they are much more than a “stop” today.  On a drive of any length, one discovers travel plazas and centers.  Originally built for drivers moving 18 wheelers coast-to-coast, but now a popular stop for any traveler. 

In recent work travels, I visited the iconic Iowa 80.  Still called a truck stop, and touted as the world’s largest.  Their Web site has a menu of events (events!), and they have quoted someone calling it the “trucker’s Disneyland.”

Have you been?  What did you think?  I was pretty wowed.  The sheer size of the entire campus is impressive.  Inside were several meal options and a plethora of shopping categories.  Not to mention amenities like a dentist, movie theater, chiropractor and dog wash!

It is interesting to note that on the day I visited, so did nearly 5,000 other guests.  I wonder if it is more of a novelty or truly a trucker’s paradise.  Look forward to your thoughts.

At the Bosselman Travel Center in Grand Island, New England you can schedule time with their on-site masseuse.  The Clearwater Travel Center in Minnesota has been highlighted on the Food Network and Little America in Flagstaff has a 4.5 rating on Expedia.

Trucker Mama is always quick to acknowledge the difficulty of your work.  In researching for this piece, I was so happy to learn that places exist in every corner of the country to take care of you on the road (and plenty of options for your pet companion, too!).  It is important to be able to get things like a haircut, peaceful rest and a chiropractic adjustment while away from home.

Nothing can ever take the place of home, but each of these amenities can help a little.   Of course you know this, but if you simply Google “top truck stops,” you will find tons of lists, ranging from Food Network picks to top extras like dental care.

I always wish you safe travels, and I hope finding these special stops along the way helps to make for pleasurable travel, too.

As always, I look forward to hearing what you think of this article and what else you would like to see in this spot. 

Take care of yourself and drive home safely,

Trucker Mama