Breezewood, the travel plaza town May 25, 2012
Breezewood, Pennsylvania, is one of those American highway travel towns famous as a wayside stop on the Interstates. (Tucumcari, NM, is a similar town in the West.) Breezewood is locate at the meeting point of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and points west with Interstate I-70 from Washington, DC, and Baltimore and points south. It sees a great amount of car and truck traffic!
The Pennsylvania highway designers have arranged it so travelers from I-70 must go though Breezewood on surface US Highway 30 in order to reach I-76. There is no direct interchange. Therefore, one will be tempted by every imaginable brand of fast food as well as gas stations and souvenir shops. It is known as the "town of motels" for the number of motels of every type here.
Breezewood can be subject to incredible traffic jams and gridlock during holidays. Just on an ordinary day, numerous semitrailer trucks are trying to cross over traffic lanes to reach one of the truck stops in town as cars try to get by them to reach I-76 or I-70 or turn into a gas station or fast food outlet along US 30.
Nevertheless, Breezewood is a convenient stop for a meal when driving west from Washington, DC. Bob Evans, reviewed separately, is probably the best sit-down restaurant and is less hectic than the fast food restaurants in town.
The true road tripper must experience it!
Part of the Pennsylvania Peregrinations travel blog
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