Rest Areas

Rest areas, sometimes referred to as rest stops, are typically located every hour or so along highways in the United States. Congress passed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 which created the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and included a provision for the construction of safety rest areas along the highways.

Given that the areas in which highways were constructed tended to be in remote and previously lightly traveled areas, facilities for motorists were frequently sparsely located so drivers needed safe places to take a break along the newly constructed highways.

Two years later, in 1958, the American Association of State Highway Officials released a policy document that outlined site guidelines and national standardization requirements for rest areas.



24 days ago
Clay Eller for Cherokee County rest stop
This is one of the nicest and cleanest rest areas in N.C. The landscaping and grounds are immaculate. Refreshing place to just stop for awhile and take in the scenery and relax.
a month ago
Elizabeth for Cherokee County rest stop
Very nice rest stop. Easy access. Clean. Beautiful landscaping. Great place to have a picnic.
a month ago
Barbara gale for Interstate 10 Rest Area 30050 East/West
Extremely peaceful rest area cleaned most of the time I was there it was there! Beautiful scenery off the beaten path there's a river that runs through.😉
a month ago
Danny Gonzalez for Interstate 10 Rest Area 30050 East/West
A good place to stop and relax during the long trips. It was safe and the bathrooms were clean considering the amount of traffic in that area. They have vending machines with snacks and drinks. People were walking their dogs and stretching. I'll return!
Rest area is a Little dated, but clean, and stocked. Has lots of vending area, and There is also plenty of room with picnic tables. The road park could use some modifications and updating, but it's far better than the closed rest stop's along 10!
2 months ago
Brian Conlon for Cherokee County rest stop
Peaceful, tranquil, beautiful place to see. You enter by crossing a lovely crystal clear stream via a wooden walkway, the bathrooms were new, clean, and safe. Just beyond the bathrooms is a trout stream that too is beautiful. We just stopped to use the restrooms, but stayed awhile to enjoy the serenity.
3 months ago
Warren Eck for Cherokee County rest stop
You look for places because you gotta go. But in this case, you gotta go here because it is maybe the nicest roadside rest stop I have ever seen. Some architect and landscaper did a creative and top notch job on this modest building! You probably have to hurry in, but on the way out take your time to stroll and see the decks and walkways and landscaping and stream. It puts the "rest" in "rest stop".
3 months ago
Sheila Davis for Cherokee County rest stop
Very clean and so peaceful and scerene with the creek running behind facility. Would be a nice place for a picnic.
3 months ago
martha smith for TA
This is the 4th shop I’ve been to for the same problem. 5⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️’s is what I will give these men in this shop 👍. I’ve been to 3 other shops and they couldn’t fix my problem. 1st shop Petro in king man, AZ. Used my bad parts to put it back together 😡. 2nd Sapp Brothers, salt lake, it. They couldn’t do that type of work. 😳. 3rd Garcia’s in Plainville, TX. What a joke, no one was ever in shop, sat for three days 😡😡😡. Now I’m at TA Shop Oklahoma City, OK. They are doing it right. New parts 🤩and doing it RIGHT!!!!. Thank you 😊
3 months ago
Jamie coyle for Rest Area Southbound
Very well kept! Bathrooms were nice.
3 months ago
Dennis Smith for Junction US-169/US-400 Rest Area
Nice clean rest area
3 months ago
Dennis Smith for Rest Area
Nice rest area and much needed
3 months ago
Alex Camilo for RT.15 Greenwich SB Service Plaza
Good service stop. Clean bathroom
3 months ago
Gabrielle H for Rest Area
So cute, clean bathrooms, and well kept! They have so many picnic tables, it's a great place to stop on a road trip and eat your lunch.
3 months ago
steven green for Rest Area
This is a great place to boon dock in your rv. Security guard is present all night.
3 months ago
Mary Lou Prunty Bodenlos for RT. 15 Fairfield SB Service Plaza
Open for coffee and snacks, gas and rest stop. Clean and safe
3 months ago
Dennis Hartman for Visitor Control Center/Henry Gate
They worked very kindly to get our post pass approved.
Very nice property Wyndham always has good beds. Nice rooms. Had hot breakfast was good. Nice size pool and hot tub. Got a great rate. Is hard to beat a good Wyndham property
3 months ago
Chris Huxley for I-95 Madison SB Service Plaza
Looks like they have some food areas to fill still but it’s a nice place. Bathrooms were clean and staff was nice
Clean rooms and friendly staff.. room was a bit dated feeling, but the pull out couch was separated from the bedroom and worked great to set up for our boys to sleep. Restaurant and bar are closed for COVID. They do breakfast on Sat and Sun only, but they had a small grab and go station with muffins and granola bars, apples available. The pool was warm and we were the only ones that were in it. Clean facilities.