Heading out on the open road soon? You’re going to have to stop and fuel up somewhere, especially if you find yourself on any one of Texas’ wide open roads.
While thinking about spending some time at a truck stop may not be the closest thing to a major decision for your travels, it’s good to know what you can experience beyond just pumping some gas.
Here’s a quick list of Texas truck stops meant to make your time on the road a little easier.
Even though this list is arbitrary in number, Buc-ee’s has to be at the top. Texans, both native and naturalized, can act as disciples, spreading the good gospel about this Lone Star mainstay.
About 25 locations are strewn throughout Texas, offering ample gas pumps, space to park it for a while, and the cleanest and biggest bathrooms in the land.
In fact, Bon Appetit named it as one of the best places to eat in Texas.
2. Rip Griffin Travel Center
Located in various places around Lubbock, this rural-adjacent Texas truck stop features unique touches. The truck stops encourages people to stick around to nosh on some Texas ‘cue, grab a shower, and park it overnight.
3. Texas 87
In a dusty stretch of west Texas land a ranch-style truck stop beams like a beacon for weary road warriors. Spotted between El Paso and Fort Hancock, this Texas truck stop comes complete with a restaurant and lounge featuring high-backed leather booths, a mechanic shop, and a mini-mart complete with Texas souvenirs. Lone Star and a cowboy hat, anyone?
4. Chevron in New Fairview
Located about 60 miles northwest of Dallas, this Chevron station earned its spot on the list by reportedly being the most well-rounded truck stop on the open road. Trucker Path just named this stop as the best truck stop in the country for 2017 as it hit high marks for parking, customer service, and useful amenities. It even has pretty solid WiFi so you can stay up-to-date on other truck stops.
5. Refugio Travel Center in Refugio
A quick hop from Copano Bay near Corpus Christi, this truck stop is the perfect refueling station for weekends at the beach. It houses a full-service Pizza Hut and comes with ample parking so you can find a cozy corner for the family RV.
Did we miss a few stops? Let us know about some other great Texas truck stops!
This post was originally published on September 24, 2019.