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The Best Rest Stops . . . in the World

As avid road trippers, we understand the importance of finding the perfect rest stop during a long journey. In this post, we're sharing some of the best rest stops around the world -scenic roadside havens catering to every traveler's needs and desires.


Pops 66

Arcadia, Oklahoma


Pops 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma at night with large LED soda bottle sculpture

Situated in Arcadia, Oklahoma, Pops 66 combines essential amenities with unique attractions, making it a must-stop destination. What sets Pops 66 apart is its iconic 66-foot-tall soda bottle sculpture, illuminated by vibrant LED lights that create a mesmerizing spectacle, especially at night. This eye-catching landmark not only serves as a beacon for travelers but also houses a vast collection of over 700 soda varieties from around the world, making it a paradise for soda enthusiasts. Additionally, Pops 66 offers a restaurant serving delicious comfort food, a gift shop with Route 66 memorabilia, and clean restroom facilities. The combination of quirky charm, essential services, and a welcoming atmosphere makes Pops 66 a fantastic rest stop for weary travelers seeking a break from the road.


Beckley Travel Plaza

Beckley, West Virginia


We might be a bit biased as Harrell & Beverly was first founded on the border of Virginia and West Virginia, but the Beckley Travel Plaza should still top anyone's rest area list when traveling the highlands. This plaza has undergone recent renovations and is an updated oasis.


Beckley West Virginia Travel Plaza renovations
Rendering from transportation.wv.gov

In addition to its essential amenities and delicious food options, the Beckley Travel Plaza also showcases a delightful array of handicrafts. Visitors can browse through a charming selection of locally crafted goods, including beautiful quilts that highlight the region's quilting traditions. The plaza also features exquisite glassware made by skilled artisans, showcasing the artistry and craftsmanship of West Virginia's glassmaking heritage. Indulge in a taste of the region with a variety of local foods available for purchase, such as homemade jams, preserves, and other culinary delights unique to the area.


Orival Gas Station

Belgium


Nestled amidst the picturesque Belgian countryside, this rest stop offers a unique blend of convenience, sleek design, and cultural richness.


Modern interior design at Orival Gas Station
Photo from designers samynandpartners.com

What truly elevates Orival Gas Station to the pinnacle of rest areas is its on-site cafe and bakery, serving freshly brewed coffee, delectable pastries, and savory Belgian specialties. Travelers can indulge in authentic Belgian cuisine while admiring the scenic surroundings or take a leisurely stroll through the station's beautifully landscaped gardens. Furthermore, Orival Gas Station also features a small market area showcasing local produce, artisanal goods, and souvenirs, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in Belgian culture and take home a piece of their journey.


Iowa 80 Truckstop

Walcott, Iowa


This list would not be complete without mentioning the Iowa 80 Truckstop, located in Walcott, Iowa, unquestionably stands as the crown jewel among rest areas and tops the list of best rest stops for travelers. As the world's largest truck stop, Iowa 80 offers a comprehensive range of amenities and services that cater to the needs of all travelers. Its expansive parking lot can accommodate hundreds of vehicles, including trucks, RVs, and cars, ensuring ample space for rest and relaxation. The restrooms are impeccably clean and well-maintained, providing a refreshing break for weary travelers.


Photo of the exterior of the Iowa 80 Truckstop
Photo by Beatrice Murch, www.paisleychick.org

The famous Iowa 80 Kitchen delights visitors with its homestyle cooking and mouthwatering dishes, while the Dairy Queen and Wendy's outlets offer quick bites and treats. Moreover, Iowa 80 houses a convenience store stocked with essentials, a gift shop with souvenirs and trucking merchandise, a movie theater for entertainment, and even a barber shop for grooming needs. The truck stop also hosts events and activities, adding to its vibrant atmosphere and sense of community. With its unmatched facilities, diverse dining choices, and welcoming ambiance, Iowa 80 Truckstop truly earns its reputation as the best rest area, providing travelers with a memorable and comfortable stop along their journey.


ALZU Petroport

Middleburg, South Africa


What sets ALZU Petroport apart is its unique setting that allows visitors to enjoy a delicious meal right next to a waterhole, where they find themselves surrounded by majestic rhinos. This unparalleled dining experience immerses travelers in the beauty of South Africa's wildlife while providing a safe and comfortable environment. I mean, THERE ARE RHINOS!


A watering hole in South Africa with rhinos
Photo by ALZU Petroport

Next time you embark on a journey, consider adding these exceptional rest stops to your itinerary for an unforgettable travel adventure - and send us a photo!


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