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Photo: Frank Romeo (Shutterstock) When you’re on a road trip, you have tons of options for places to stop to find a bathroom and a candy bar. There are those little brick buildings offering little more than a restroom and a few vending machines; a string of cookie-cutter, state-operated plazas with a Sbarro and a 7-11; and ordinary gas stations surrounded by fast food places. And then there is a lesser-known option that blows all of those out of the water: the truck stop. Why truck stops are the best A truck stop is not unlike a gas station with an attached convenience store, but a truck stop offers more of everything. Food, for example: a small gas station will have chips and candy and maybe some prepackaged sandwiches. A good convenience store, like a Sheetz, will have hot dogs and made-to-order sandwiches. But a good truck stop will have all of this and a diner where you can sit down and eat a real meal. The store area is even better: instead of a few shelves of absolute necessities (tampons, phone chargers) you’ll often be able to buy things like blankets, toys, books, clothes (souvenir T-shirts but also maybe a basic pack of underwear), and more. If there’s an item you need while you’re traveling but you don’t want to leave the highway to find it, you’ll probably be able to get it at a truck stop—maybe it will be a bit overpriced, but it’ll be there. And […]