America’s busiest rest stops for Thanksgiving travel



It’s almost that time of year again. The festive holiday season in which you will visit family, eat turkey and sit in gridlock traffic along I-95.

With the busy Thanksgiving driving season in mind, location-based social networking website Foursquare has compiled a list of the busiest rest stops in the U.S. to help you navigate the roads this holiday.

Based on check-in reports from last year (November 20-25, 2012), the list below shows exactly where travelers using the Foursquare smartphone app are stopping during their trek to turkey.

So, without further ado, here are the busiest rest stops in the country:

1. Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza, Newark, Del. (I-95)
2. Chesapeake House Travel Plaza, North East, Md. (I-95)
3. South Somerset Service Plaza, Somerset, Pa. (Pennsylvania Turnpike)
4. Sideling Hill Service Plaza, Waterfall, Pa. (Pennsylvania Turnpike)
5. Thomas Edison Service Area, Woodbridge, N.J. (New Jersey Turnpike)
6. Molly Pitcher Service Area, Cranbury, N.J. (New Jersey Turnpike)
7. Vince Lombardi Service Area, Ridgefield, N.J. (New Jersey Turnpike)
8. Charlton Service Plaza (Eastbound), Charlton, Mass. (I-90 Massachusetts Turnpike)
9. Charlton Service Plaza (Westbound), Charlton, Mass. (I-90 Massachusetts Turnpike)
10. Joyce Kilmer Service Center, East Brunswick, N.J. (New Jersey Turnpike)

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1. Buc-ee's, New Braunfels, Texas (I-35)
2. Florida Welcome Center, Yulee, Fla. (I-95)
3. South Carolina Welcome Center, Hardeeville, S.C. (I-95)
4. South Carolina Welcome Center, Dillon, S.C. (I-95)
5. Port St. Lucie / Fort Pierce Service Plaza, Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Florida's Turnpike)
6. North Carolina Welcome Center, Pleasant Hill, N.C. (I-77)
7. Beckley Travel Plaza, Beckley W.Va. (West Virginia Turnpike)
8. Okahumpka Service Plaza, Leesburg, Fla. (Florida's Turnpike)
9. Virginia Welcome Center, Skippers, Va. (I-95)
10. Georgia Visitors Center, Lavonia, Ga. (I-85)

1. Ardale W. Feguson Welcome Center, New Buffalo, Mich. (I-94)
2. TravelCenters of America, Walcott, Iowa (I-80)
3. Lake Forest Oasis, Lake Forest, Ill. (I-94)
4. Belvidere Oasis, Belvidere, Ill. (I-90)
5. Des Plaines Oasis, Des Plaines, Ill. (I-90)
6. Portage Service Plaza, Mantua, Ohio (I-80, Ohio Turnpike)
7. Hinsdale Tollway Oasis, Hinsdale, Ill. (I-294, Tri-State Tollway)
8. Vermilion Valley Service Plaza, Amherst, Ohio (I-80/90, Ohio Turnpike)
9. O'Hare Oasis, Schiller Park, Ill. (I-294, Tri-State Tollway)
10. Mars Cheese Castle, Kenosha, Wis. (I-94)

1. Barstow Station, Barstow, Calif. (I-40 and I-15)
2. Sunset Point Rest Stop, Mayer, Ariz. (I-17)
3. Love's Travel Stop, Lost Hills, Calif. (I-5)
4. Clyde V. Kane Rest Area, Newberry Springs, Calif. (I-15)
5. Valley Wells Rest Area, Baker, Calif. (I-15)
6. Coalinga-Avenal Reststop, Huron, Calif. (I-5)
7. Aliso Creek Rest Area (Southbound), Oceanside, Calif. (San Diego Freeway/I-5)
8. Smokey Point Rest Area (N), Arlington, Wash. (I-5)
9. Toutle River Safety Rest Area, Castle Rock, Wash. (I-5)
10. Santiam River Rest Area, Jefferson, Ore. (I-5)