When you’re on the road, there are just a few things you want: no traffic, good weather and a smooth ride. But when you need a break, you want a top-notch truck stop along your route. With 34 locations across the country and customers near and far, our team knows a few things about the truck stops in our area. Wherever you are in the west, you’re never far from a TEC location you trust and a truck stop you’ll enjoy. Here’s a list of a few of our favorite places in the West to stop, whether you need a good night’s sleep, a meal, a shower or just a break.
As the closest to TEC Corporate and a long-time business partner, you may think we’re playing favorites by putting Jubitz on this list. But they’re more than just a truck stop. What started as Fleet Leasing Inc. in 1952 quickly developed into a one-stop shop for truckers. With two delis, two 24-hour convenience stores, diesel and gas fueling facilities, a hotel, a movie theater and a concert venue, plus a service center, Jubitz is the place to stop in the Portland area. Their Ponderosa Lounge is frequently featured on Portland’s best burgers list, so you know you’re going to get something good to eat.
When you look up the best truck stops, whether nationally or just on the West Coast, Gee Cee’s always makes the list, and with good reason. With all the typical amenities you expect, they’ve taken things up a notch. Along I-5 between Portland and Olympia, Gee Cee’s is serving up huge portions of home-cooked food that you won’t want to miss. Their truck service shop can handle whatever repair you throw at them. And on-site welding will get you fixed up.
Along the California-Nevada border, you’ll find a great hotel and casino for taking a break from the road, whether long or short. Just across the parking lot, this truck stop features a Flying J travel center with all your typical amenities, plenty of dining options and one unique attraction you won’t find anywhere else. That’s right, Whiskey Pete’s is also home to the bullet-riddled car belonging to infamous gangsters Bonnie and Clyde. So you can stop for a bite, fuel up, do a bit of gambling in the casino and snap a pic for your trucker-gram, all in one stop.
Tucson Truck Terminal
Whatever time of day you roll into Tucson Truck Terminal, Omar’s Hi-Way Chef will still serve you up the best breakfast in Tucson. Omar’s, rated the second best truck stop by Food Network, will serve you up their full menu 24 hours a day, at a great price. And within the Triple T, you’ll find free Wi-Fi, a full convenience store, tire and oil service, a motel, a CB shop and a barber shop.
Wheeler Ridge Petro and Travel America in Arvin
Along I-5 north of LA, you’ll find this sweet pair of truck stops on either side of the freeway. On the west side, you have the Petro station with plenty of tasty food options, fueling services and a repair shop, plus a hotel and a huge parking lot. On the east side, you’ll get more food and hotel options and a second diesel shop. Plus you can stop by the outlet mall to stock up on holiday or birthday gifts.
Though we only operate in five states, we know our customers run all over the country. There were a few truck stops that caught our attention that we knew we had to mention.
For a truck stop with everything you could ever ask for (except for a TEC location), the Iowa 80 is number one. They have all the amenities a trucker could ask for: fueling and service, food and shopping options, hotels, 900 parking spots and so much more. But Iowa 80 took it to a new level. At this truck stop, you’ll also find a dentist, a chiropractor, a pet groomer and a custom apparel shop. And if you’re in for a longer stay, they have you covered with a movie theater and the trucking museum.
The Florida 595 truck stop, pinned at the intersection of I-595 and Florida’s Turnpike, is another great spot to stop at if you’re in the area. Surrounded on all sides by the sprawling metro, they’ve still made sure that you’ll never arrive without a place to park.
Russell’s Travel Center
At a lonely spot on I-40 near the New Mexico-Texas border, you’ll find Russell’s, a fully-stocked truck stop with everything you need. And, they take full advantage of their spot along historic Route 66 with their Car and Collectible Museum. Escape the desert heat and grab a bite at the vintage-style diner and stock up on necessities at the convenience store.
Along I-84 in Idaho, Mr. Gas is running a unique style of truck stop, designed for both truckers and travelers. Inside the store, you can pick from a selection of food carts offering up options like street tacos, rotisserie chicken, pizza and more. And they have plenty of parking whether you need a break or a good night’s sleep.
Wherever you roam in the TEC footprint, there are plenty of great places to stop, grab a bite, catch some zzz’s or stock up on necessities. And when you need the support of a great business partner, for new equipment, a repair big or small, or anything else, you’re never far from a TEC team standing by to keep you running.