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We’re the Russos: Overnight parking at rest areas

From the bloggers at We’re the Russos.

There’s nothing quite like the joy of seeing that “rest” sign when you’re in need of a break. We’ve pulled into many rest areas around the United States and one thing we’ve learned is that not all rest areas are created equal. The number of parking spots, amenities and rules vary from state to state. Some states allow overnight parking at rest areas while others make it illegal. In this post, I will share our experiences with rest areas and discuss parking, security and issues we’ve encountered.

The first time we spent the night at a rest area was in Las Cruces, NM. This was back when we thought we were long haul drivers and made an 800 mile trip in two days. Don’t worry, we’ve wised up since then and limit ourselves to 100-150 miles each time we move. The first leg of our crazy drive was from Tucson to Las Cruces and we planned to spend the night at the rest area. We had no idea until we pulled up that it was an award winning rest area with spectacular views of the city below. If you’re driving through the area, stop in for a break and enjoy the views.

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