When driving across the country, you begin to appreciate those states that put a little extra effort into making their rest stops nice. Nothing is worse then stopping after being in a car for five hours and walking into a restroom only to be greeted by flies, dirt and a smell that makes you want to gag.
While I was appreciative of each rest stop on our journey, there were some that stood out more than others. Because rest stops are funded by the government, it is easy for some states to neglect their stops (I’m talking to you Kansas) whereas some states have put a little extra effort into their stops.
When I walked into the first rest stop in Oregon I was pleasantly surprised with how nice it was. Stone floors and clean toilets were just what I needed after being cooped up in a car all day. While other states had decent stops, some were just downright gross. While it is important not to be picky when it comes to stops along the way (when you have to go, you have to go) a nice rest stop experience can make the next leg of the trip that much better.
There are often welcome centers at the first rest stop after crossing the boarder into the next state. These can be helpful when you are looking for small things to do while traveling through the state.
As we crossed the boarder into Kansas, I had no idea what there was to do. As we started down the I-70, we saw a visitor center and decided to stop in. we found that there were actually a variety of activities to do along the way including an Oz museum.
Rest stops play an important part in every road trip no matter how far you are traveling.
Check out this map of how many rest stops are in each of the states we travelled through on our road trip!