Service Area vs Rest Area: Travel in the U.S.

To make travel comfortable, rest areas (such as the one in Aberdeen, Maryland on route 95 south, pictured, right) and service areas are convenient stop-offs on long highway journeys. So, what is the difference between a rest area and a service area? In the video below, I share some of the differences I know as an ordinary traveler. Do scroll below the video to see photos from different rest and service areas in Eastern U.S.A.



Video synopsis (in case you can't watch it):
In the beginning, I pinpoint on the US map where I am talking from in Western New York. Then, I discuss tips on using the Thruway or Interstate. Following this, I talk about the difference services we can see at common service areas, including: restaurants, restrooms, stores (snacks, drinks, memorabilia), tourist information booth, ATM, money transfer, Free Wi-Fi, gas station, and others.

**Note, all photos in this post were taken by Jennifer Kumar.
Highway memorabilia displayed at the I-95 Welcome Center, Service Area, Delaware


Souvenirs for sale in the Allentown, Pennsylvania I-78 service area.



Self-service gas pump, I-87, New York.



Toilets in a service area on the New York State Thruway.


EZ-Pass and cash toll booths on the New Jersey Turnpike.


Rest area, I-89, Vermont.


Convenient Store, Interstate 90, New York.


Welcome Center (Rest Area), 81 South, Great Bend, Pennsylvania.


Jennifer Kumar, author of this post and video commentator provides cross-cultural training for expats in the US and virtual team members in India. Jennifer helps your teams learn how to build relations with Americans through workshops on small talk, business communication, and relevant topics. Over 2,500 professionals such as yourself have benefited... to add yourself or your team to the list, click here to contact us!

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