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Best Truck Stops for Truck Drivers

Posted on: August 8, 2022

As a truck driver, it’s helpful to know where your next stop will be. You’ll want to find a place to get fuel and enjoy a good meal and a hot shower. Truck stops are essential for drivers managing daily needs while on the road. 

Classic Carriers, a full-service transportation provider, understands what it means to be on the road for long stretches. And finding a great truck stop that offers additional conveniences can make a challenging day much better. 

In this blog, we’ve curated a list of our top five favorite truck stops in the U.S.  

Iowa 80 in Walcott, Iowa 

Established in 1964 and hailed as the world’s largest truck stop, Iowa 80 is often compared in size to a small city. Iowa 80 is adjacent to Walcott, Iowa, not far from the Mississippi River. The truck stop offers eight restaurants, a convenience store and a gift store. 

Iowa 80 is open 24 hours a day year-round — in fact, the truck stop hasn’t closed since opening day! In addition to being a diesel fuel center and a truck service center, there is also a truck wash, private showers and pet wash. Iowa 80 has 900 truck parking spots and serves an average of 5,000 customers daily. 

You’ll want to take note of these impressive amenities:

  • Truck showroom
  • CAT scale
  • Trucking museum
  • Barber shop
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Movie theater
  • Workout room
  • Laundry facilities

Big Apple Travel Center in Joplin, Missouri

Big Apple Travel Center, located in Joplin, Missouri, takes pride in ensuring travelers experience a clean and friendly facility with quality food options. They partner with Phillips 66 to provide safe and efficient fuel that helps decrease the carbon footprint. 

Big Apple Travel Center serves authentic Indian cuisine from Rasoí and has a large convenience store with snacks and drinks. Other services include showers, charging stations, a dog park and free Wi-Fi. Three new Big Apple Travel Center locations are coming soon to Missouri and Washington.   

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Jubitz Travel Center in Portland, Oregon

Welcoming drivers since 1952, Jubitz Travel Center in Portland, Oregon, started as a local fuel stop but has grown to include over 250 truck parking spots and a long list of amenities. A full-service repair shop provides tires, brake services and truck maintenance — including major and minor truck repairs. 

Here are additional amenities at Jubitz Travel Center:

  • Convenience store
  • Truck wash
  • Restaurant and deli 
  • Clean showers and oversized towels
  • Dog wash
  • Driver lounge and free Wi-Fi
  • Hotel
  • Barber shop
  • Postal services
  • Movie theater

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Bert’s Travel Plaza in Wellsville, Kansas

Bert’s Travel Plaza in Wellsville, Kansas, is a full-service truck stop with a large concrete parking area. Truck drivers will appreciate the private showers, laundry facilities and clean restrooms. 

Bert’s Travel Plaza also offers a lounge for truck drivers, a truck wash and a certified scale. There are three restaurants that include freshly-made chicken, tacos and pizza dishes.  

You’ll find a variety of items in the convenience store and numerous fuel pumps at your disposal. Bert’s Travel Plaza strives to provide everything you might need all in one place. 

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Russell’s Travel Center in Glenrio, New Mexico

Russell’s Travel Center can be found on popular U.S. Route 66 in Glenrio, New Mexico. Open seven days a week, drivers will enjoy home-cooked meals at Russell’s Route 66 Café. From catfish to ribeye steaks, there’s something for everyone at this themed diner.

Russell’s Travel Center has both gas and diesel fuel, a tire shop, showers, laundry facilities, certified CAT scales and free Wi-Fi in the parking area. If time allows, stop inside the free classic car and collectible museum.  

Other unique offerings at Russell’s Travel Center include: 

  • Gift shop
  • Grocery store
  • Chapel
  • Fax/ATM/Phones
  • Subway 
  • Dog park   

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