A Glimpse at the Iowa 80 Truckstop
It’s a place that many drivers have been to, and almost all career truckers have heard about. The Iowa 80 Truckstop consistently makes lists of the best, highest-ranking, and most well-received truckstops in America.
The stop is located on the eastern part of Iowa, near the edge and not too far from the Mississippi River. It is adjacent to the small town of Walcott, and it is a massive site to behold. The location was first established in 1964. Over half-a-century later, and it is now the world’s largest truckstop and one of th most popular sites for commercial drivers to see at some point throughout their career.
The Iowa 80 Truckstop’s websites calls the location a “Disneyland for trucking.” While there are a far fewer mascots walking around at the stop, it has a wide variety of facilities and amenities that offer something for nearly every trucker’s needs.
If a driver needs food, they have eight restaurants to choose from. Every commercial operator has felt the pressure of having to settle for what they can get on the road. The Iowa stop offers variety, which also allows drivers to try something new whenever they come back.
The location also features a convenience store and a gift store. Whether it’s those select few items for the journey home or a unique souvenir to commemorate the journey, the Iowa stop offers something for nearly every driver’s need.
For drivers who need to tune up their body rather than their vehicle, there is a chiropractor, dentist, barber shop, and workout room. There are also gas islands, service centers, washing facilities, scales, and more.
Even a trucking museum can be found at the location, allowing those who have some extra time to spend (or those who have a big interest in the history of trucking) to understand some of the more interesting and lesser-known aspects of the industry.
The location remains open 24/7, 365 days a year. It’s not the only truckstop out there, but it is certainly one that has set standards for what other locations aspire to be like. The website offers an interactive map and plenty of fun facts about the historic spot.