The other day some friends and I went to Wisconsin for a quick weekend trip, and as we went there, we meet some great people. I was surprised that when I said I was from Iowa some store owners in the area knew us for one thing.

And it wasn't something stereotypical like corn...

What Is Iowa known for?! 

Apparently, Iowa is known for its Nice rest stops.

Many people have only been in Iowa when driving through it, which is why many of these people only see Iowa as the nice rest stop spot.

Iowa does have has countless rest stops and areas across the state, and some have gotten some very solid reviews from travelers. It's no secret that Iowa is highly traveled through the area, especially for those amazing truck drivers out there. Iowa is home to the largest truck stop in the world after all.


If you've never seen 'The World's Largest Truckstop', it's a very quick drive from the Quad Cities.

A place where people want to stop. On the eastern edge of Iowa, not far from the Mississippi River, adjacent to the small town of Walcott, you’ll find a place like no other in the world.

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The Iowa 80 Truckstop, now the World’s Largest Truckstop, established its home here in 1964 and is now in itself a home away from home to countless drivers and a destination for travelers as well.

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That's not to say all Iowa rest stops are perfect by any means, I'm sure a few spots could still use some work, but clearly, our rest stops are making an impact on some.

The owners I talked to do a lot of driving throughout the Midwest, and said Iowa rest stops were their personal favorite. So whatever Iowa is doing with key rest stops, they should keep doing it!

Going on a trip soon?

You can find more about Iowa rest stops here. You can also check out Iowa rest stop, and areas here. If you have a long trip ahead of you it never hurts to check out some great pit stops.

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