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10 best gas stations to stop at on road trips

On December 1, 1913, America’s first drive-in gas station opened in Pennsylvania. Instead of hauling gasoline cans from pharmacies, motorists could now pull up, refuel, and keep on driving.

Today, we measure a gas station experience by much more than just the fuel. How clean are the bathrooms? How fresh is the coffee? What snack options are available? Can I get a hot meal? These 10 brands, voted best by our readers, cater to the needs of drivers in all these ways.

10. QuickChek

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QuickChek got its start as a dairy farm and has since grown into a gas station chain known for its made-to-order sandwich counters. Drivers will find more than 150 QuickChek stores across New York and New Jersey, each serving fresh food and locally roasted coffee.

9. Kum & Go

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Kum & Go was founded in 1959 as a place where drivers could buy gas and groceries. The company owns 400 stores across 11 states where drivers can fuel up and fill up on items like freshly-baked cheesy breadsticks, breakfast pizza or fresh cookies.

8. Parker's

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Headquartered in Savannah, Parker’s operates 66 stores across Georgia and South Carolina. The company has become a favorite in the South for its Parker’s Kitchen food lineup, which includes Southern favorites like fried chicken, fresh-baked biscuits and sweet tea.

7. Rutter's

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Rutter’s began as a dairy farm in 1921 in York, Pennsylvania. The food menu ranks among the most extensive for any gas station, with options ranging from burgers and sandwiches to pizza and tacos to fried rice bowls and fried seafood platters.

6. Maverik

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Maverik is a bit like an outdoor adventure store disguised as a gas station. Based in Utah, the company operates 350 locations in 11 Western states, all known for their outdoorsy vibe and top-notch food (try the breakfast tacos).

5. Casey's

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Casey’s, found along roadsides in Iowa and surrounding states, has earned a loyal following for carrying just what you need, when you need it. Hungry drivers appreciate the selection of food made in-store, including doughnuts and pizza.

4. QuikTrip

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Founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma, QuikTrip now has more than 800 stores in 11 states. The QT sign indicates made-to-order food (like barbecue sandwiches and breakfast tacos) and soft serve ice cream, alongside a range of convenience store items and grab-and-go snacks.

3. Sheetz

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If you’re in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio or North Carolina, be sure to stop at Sheetz, a combination gas station and made-to-order sandwich shop. The menu is available 24/7, with options like subs, sandwiches, salads, wraps and smoothies.

2. Hy-Vee

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Hy-Vee, an employee-owned company found throughout the Midwest, prides itself on excellent customer service. While the company began as a general store in 1930, it’s expanded to offer adjacent convenience store and gas stations as well.

1. Kwik Trip

This Wisconsin-based, family-owned company operates more than 600 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. In-store bakeries make more than two dozen different items each day, and all milk sold gets bottled within 24 hours of reaching the Kwik Trip dairy.

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