Roadside Rest Stops: A Vanishing Amenity?

Rest stop 1

When we’re rambling through the remote corners of the American West in our camper, we make lots of use of the classic old-time rest area. They’re a great place to stop for lunch, tea time, or supper, and if it’s remote enough, a discrete self-contained overnight stay. Now I get the bad news that they’re systematically being closed, victims of budget cuts and the ever-increasing commercial “travel centers” with drive-throughs, convenience stores, and such. CC reader Craig D. sent me a link to a website ( by someone documenting the old-school rest areas. His website is here. I’ll show just a couple more, but do check the rest out at his site.

Rest stop 3


Rest stop 2


Rest stop 4

Got any good rest-stop reminiscences?