According to science, the average driver spends about 1/3 of their life pumping gas or inside a gas station debating which drink, candy, or snack to buy.
Ok, that’s not completely true, but it definitely feels like it.
As a driver, you spend so much of your time in gas stations. Whether you’re at the pump, blowing up the tires, perusing the magazine section, or raiding the food to satisfy your cravings, gas stations are most convenient AND the most necessary stops along the road.
Road trip season is here. Before you take off for your summer getaway, it’s best to be prepared and know the ins and outs of the gas stations that locals are absolutely obsessed with. As unique as the sights themselves, treat these roadside oases as your favorite mile markers on your travels.
If you’re talking about a road trip with anyone from the East Coast, they’ll mention Wawa with absolute adoration. The hoagies take the cake as everyone’s fave, especially when they’re $4.99 during Hoagiefest.
Recognizable by its mascot, a beaver, Buc-ee’s is proof perfect that everything is bigger in Texas. If you want to try some local fare, grab a bag of Beaver Nuggets. No, they’re not roadkill, just butter and caramel-glazed corn puffs. Yum!
If you’ve never experienced ordering at Sheetz, it looks like you’re in dire need of a trip to the Eastern US. Ohioans, Pennsylvanians, Virginians, and more residents love to dine on the MANY options, washing them down with a cold pop.
Racetrac should not describe how you view the turnpike, but it is a Southern staple. The gas stations not only fuel your vehicle, they also feature free wifi (goodbye data!), outdoor seating (if you’ve spent enough time in the car), and fro-yo. What more could you ask for?
Casey’s General Stores
Step back into the olden days of the wild, wild (mid)west and the new frontier by entering this vintage general store. One thing that’s modernized is its signature pizza, with tons of different kinds for sharing with everyone you’ve dragged on a trip in the car.
The Mid-Atlantic wouldn’t be the same without Royal Farms. It takes the crown as the signature gas station, bragging that it’s “real fresh” and “real fast” for all of those travelers with a deadline. Take sec to enjoy the world-famous chicken and Western fries, which they brag are NEVER frozen.
Kum & Go
Kum & Go is scattered throughout the Midwest, but the bulk of its locations are in Iowa, making it a local favorite. Because you always need and/or deserve one, Kum & Go has fresh cookies on deck. Yes, you can take one… Or a dozen. It’s your car, your rules.
Circle K isn’t exactly a small, homegrown brand, but if there’s one thing people seem to love about this chain no matter where you go, it’s Polar Pop. If you and a passenger need a refreshing fountain drink (they’re the best!), this is the ultimate solution.
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