Truck drivers are constantly on the road. They need to carefully plan the logistics of where they will eat, shower, and sleep. Being able to grab a good cup of coffee, do some laundry, or find a safe place to park for the night will greatly improve any trip.
According to the National Association of Truck Stop Operators, a truck stop is defined as a location with at least one shower, 15 parking spaces, and diesel for refueling. NATSO is the only national trade association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry. It represents more than 2,000 travel plazas and truckstops nationwide.
We’ve compiled a list of the best chain truck stops in America to guide you on your journey to finding hidden gems across the nation.
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores has more than 590 locations in 42 states. They provide professional drivers 24-hour access to fuel, mechanical and tire services, and travel items. They even have a growing network of hotels and storage rental locations. To earn rewards on gas, free showers, and drink refills, get a My Love Rewards card.
Pilot Flying J
With more than 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces, Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centers in North America. They provide many amenities for professional drivers including CAT scales, public laundry, idle air service, showers, and truck washes. Truckers have access to a wide variety of fast food options like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Moe’s, and more. In addition, the myRewards PLUS™ app rewards frequent visitors with free drinks and exclusive offers.
Roady’s is a unique chain, as it is actually a network of independent truck stops, convenience stores, and service centers. With 300 retail locations in 38 states, they are the largest chain of independent truck stops in the United States. They have home-cooked food, showers, and service centers to help truck drivers with whatever they need. To start redeeming points, get a Roady’s Rewards card.
With just 17 locations in the West and Midwest, you may not get the chance to visit one of the Sapp Brothers travel centers. They offer maintenance services, fast food and sit-down restaurants, and even Christian services at some of their locations. The guest rewards card is a great way to rack up points on gas and store purchases to win rewards like free showers.
There are more than 250 TA and Petro stopping centers nationwide. They offer maintenance services, the self-proclaimed cleanest showers, CAT scales, and many food options. They offer fast food or grab-‘n-go food options for those who are in a hurry, as well as full-service homestyle restaurants. The TruckSmart® mobile app allows users to redeem points, reserve parking spots, and more.
With so many truck stops and travel plazas in the United States, it can be difficult to choose one to visit. The best chain truck stops in America are a great place to start, but there are many more options out there. Apps like Trucker Path provide information about thousands of truck stops, including independent locations you won’t easily locate with a Google search.