In all the excitement of planning or daydreaming about a road trip, we often forget to consider an essential element: fuel. Cars don’t run forever, though, and from that necessity sprang one of the most fascinating and iconic establishments of interstate culture: Gas Stations.
Although most gas stations and convenience stores operate under a major corporation, there are regional chains or standout joints that break the mold. A gas station can be a consumerist mecca or a hole-in-the-wall (er, we mean mountain) and it’s the possibilities that make convenience stores special and memorable.
Whether you’re filling up, getting a snack or stopping because someone really has to use the facilities, these unique gas stations will make you glad you stopped. Flip through the gallery above to see some of our favorite spots in the country.
1. Wawa, various locations in Del., Fla, Md., N.J., Penn. and Va. 2. Wiregrass Junction, Aline, Ga. 3. R. W. Lindholm Service Station, Cloquet, Minn. 4. Buc-ee’s, various locations in Texas. 5. Shamrock/Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue and Catering, Kansas City, Kan. 6. Andy’s Express, Lincoln, Neb. 7. Bode’s General Store, Abiquiu, N.M. 8. Hollow Mountain, Hanksville, Utah. 9. Orbit Station, Sacramento, Calif. 10. Helios House, Los Angeles, Calif.
Sarra Sedghi is a freelancer based in Athens, Ga.