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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.



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a month ago
Moya Nash for I-65 Northbound Rest Area
The restroom was not handicapped friendly or exceptionally clean. Only one stall was designated for handicap use. Someone either pooped or smeared blood on the toilet seat. The toilets in the regular stalls are so low that there is no way a person with limited mobility like me could ever hope to get seated and then get up again! No handrails in the regular stalls, which would be helpful, by the way. It was very difficult maneuvering my walker into the stall with me. Please update your facility to at least the minimum current ADA requirements. I am thankful I learned to use my catheters in a standing position. Please do not put any more disabled people in embarrassing situations like this.

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a month ago
Joshua O'Boyle for I-65 Northbound Rest Area
Very nice rest area gets 4 stars bc the vending are says it has coffee but there isn't any coffee in there. Very nice picnic area and room for the kids to run around and play safely.

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a month ago
Aaron Manzo for Rest area I-79 northbound
1 star because it was closed and I really had to pee. No warning on sign 2 miles out, just orange cones after you had pulled off.

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a month ago
Theresa Shiflett for Sideling Hill Rest Area, Eastbound
This is favorite rest stop. We stop here to and from wv, because it's our dogs favorite place, but what place isn't her favorite place, to do her business. Lol 😆 we call it our half way point (but I don't think it is) to Baltimore. It's always very clean. And busy

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2 months ago
Michael Smith for Brunswick County Visitor Center
Very clean spcious restrooms and interesting local history.

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2 months ago
Kathy Foster for Elm Creek Rest Area
This is a very busy restcarea and always clean & well maintained. Thankyou!

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2 months ago
Joseph Oliver for Brunswick County Visitor Center
This was a stop on the way to another Destination. It was Relaxing and had Snakes and Soda Machines. I can't Complaint.

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2 months ago
Mary Ann Conner for Fort Polk Visitor Center
Thorough, expedient and kind service. With smiles, you dont always get smiles anymore!

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3 months ago
Carol Pete for Fort Polk Visitor Center
Went to see my nephew off to Korea.Proud he is serving our country.

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3 months ago
Samantha Christianson for State of Montana Rest Stop, Custer
Nice view but can’t really see the river.

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3 months ago
David Allman for Brunswick County Visitor Center
Clean, nice little spot for local and state information.

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3 months ago
Mike Dunn for Rest area I-79 northbound
Didn’t appreciate the dude mopping the floor (I think) standing behind my 13 y/o son while he was trying to pee at the urinal and making weird small talk. So yeah go in with your kids at the rest stop!

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I'm not sure what this is, because I don't recognize the picture, nor do I read French. But.. I'm giving it 5 stars because I loved everything about my trip, and I'm sure whatever this is what important at the time!!!😆

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3 months ago
Daniel B. (AlphaNumerically) for Overlook Rest Stop
Nice spot to take a rest and launch a drone

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For those with small kids, this rest stop has a playground, not a big one, but for 15-20 minutes of exercise to get the energy out, it’s great. We arrived in late afternoon on Monday — not a high traffic time mind you — and there were only one or two other cars in the parking lot. The area is well kept and clean.

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For those with small kids, this rest stop has a playground, not a big one, but for 15-20 minutes of exercise to get the energy out, it’s great. We arrived in late afternoon on Monday — not a high traffic time mind you — and there were only one or two other cars in the parking lot. The area is well kept and clean.

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3 months ago
Scotty Tucker for I-65 Northbound Rest Area
Pleasant place to stop and rest. Bathrooms were small but clean. To see our adventures subscribe to SIMPLE LIFE BIG ADVENTURES on YouTube.

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3 months ago
Brendan Stack for Halte-routière de La Durantaye
This and so many other Quebec road stops are nicely designed parks with large clean washrooms with modern hand wash/ dryers.

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4 months ago
Linda Cyr for WSDOT - Prosser Safety Rest Area
CLEAN!!! Handicap access is on same premises but access is separate from main lavatory, allowing clean and accessible handicap provisions. * I personally appreciate this availability because of my own needs. THIS FASCILITY is in a great location for the Road Traveler....ample parking for all types of vehicles, park like rest area and supports 'pet needs', local food/ restaurant within walking distance. ***Put this on you Google Maps when traveling!

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4 months ago
Anna Ferguson for Elm Creek Rest Area
Good bathrooms and a snack machine. Plenty of parking to chill out before getting back on the road.

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