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Pilot Travel Center: The Ultimate Road Trip Stops!


Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip or a weekend getaway, there’s no doubt that a Pilot Travel Center will be one of your ultimate stops. Here’s why:

They’ve got everything you need to keep your trip going, from gas to snacks to restrooms. They seem to be everywhere. They’re open 24/7, so you can always count on them being there when you need them.


The Pilot Flying J Travel Plaza on I-35 near Northfield, Minnesota.
Photo by Tony Webster. 22nd Sept. 2022.


History of Pilot Flying J.

James A. “Jim” Haslam II opened the first truck stop on the 20th of November 1958 in Gate City, Virginia. At that time gas prices were just 27.9 cents per gallon.

The largest travel center operator in North America, Pilot Flying J with more than 750 facilities across 44 states and six Canadian provinces. The corporation, which has its headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee, employs about 28,000 employees.

Pilot Flying J’s CEO Jimmy Haslam has adopted technology and steered the firm in new directions, enabling it to grow from selling 1.1 billion fuel gallons yearly in 1996 to more than 7 billion annually now.


Kodiak and Pilot Services
Source: Pilot Services. 22nd Sept. 2022.


Self-Driving Truck Services Begin at Pilot.

Pilot Company recently announced a strategic alliance with Kodiak Robotics, Inc., a pioneer in autonomous transportation. Pilot Company and Kodiak are now working together to develop autonomous truck services at Pilot and Flying J travel agencies through this alliance.

An autonomous truckport is being built by Pilot Company and Kodiak in the Atlanta region in order to assess prospective service offerings and investigate scaleable solutions. These will include areas where autonomous trucking loads can be picked up and dropped off, inspections, maintenance and fueling of trucks, and the ability to transfer data for processing such as feature development and mapping.

In order to improve their ability to work together to develop a solution that best serves their clients, Pilot Company has made a strategic investment in Kodiak and will join the board of directors.


Nathans Display Pilot Travel Center
Photo by Phillip Pessar. 22nd Sept. 2022.


Pilot Travel Center Locations and Amenities.

Pilot Travel Center locations are interactive truck stop plazas that provide a wide variety of services and amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public.

Pilot Travel Centers are located in 44 US states, with each location offering a unique selection of services and amenities. Services offered at Pilot Travel Centers include 24-hour fueling, on-site restaurants, showers, laundry facilities, and a wide variety of trucking supplies.

Pilot Travel Center locations also offer a wide variety of amenities for the motoring public, including ATMs, free WiFi, a children’s play area, and a dog park. Pilot Travel Centers offer something for everyone, making them the perfect stop for professional drivers and the motoring public alike.

When it comes to sit down restaurants across the US. Flying J truck stops are the largest franchisee for Subway restaurants, Bojangles, Wendy’s, and Denny’s.


Pilot Company Logo
Source: Pilot Company. 22nd Sept. 2022.


Why is Pilot the Best Road Trip Stop?

Pilot Travel Center are the best road trip stop for several reasons. First of all, Pilot has a wide selection of food and drink options to keep you fueled for the journey ahead. Plus, Pilot Travel Centers are conveniently located off of major highways, making them easy to access.

But what sets Pilot apart from other roadside stops is their commitment to customer service. Pilot associates are always friendly and ready to help, whether you need directions or just a recommendation for the best local attractions.


pilot long logo
Photo by Pilot Company. 22nd Sept. 2022.


Locations and Hours of Operation.

Pilot Travel Center is a chain of truck stops and convenience stores with locations across the United States. The company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was founded in 1958.

Pilot Travel Center operates 24 hours a day and offers a wide range of services for truck drivers, including diesel fuel, showers, laundry facilities, and a trucker lounge.

The company also sells a variety of food and beverage items, as well as travel supplies and souvenirs. Pilot Travel Center has over 750 locations nationwide (Location Finder HERE) and is one of the largest truck stop chains in the country.


Rewards Program.

Pilot Travel Center has a great rewards program that offers many benefits to its customers. They offer a variety of discounts on fuel, groceries, and hotel stays. They also have a points system that allows customers to earn points for every dollar they spend. These points can be redeemed for freebies, such as coffee and snacks.

Pilot Travel Center also offers exclusive deals and coupons to members of its rewards program. Signing up is easy and only takes a few minutes.

It’s worth it! Pilot Travel Center is the largest truck stop chain in the United States with over 750 locations nationwide. They offer 24-hour access to showers, laundry facilities, and a wide selection of food and supplies.

Pilot Travel Center is a great place for truckers to stop for a break and take care of their needs. Their rewards program makes it even more attractive for customers, making it one of the best programs in the industry.


Flying J gas station, Nephi, Utah
Subject: Flying J gas station, Nephi, Utah. Photographer Unknown. 22nd Sept. 2022.


More About Pilot Flying J.

Pilot Travel Centers LLC (“Pilot Company”) keeps North America’s drivers moving as one of the leading suppliers of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Company has grown its network to more than 800 retail and fueling locations and supplies more than 14 billion gallons of fuel per year to the market.

Pilot Company has the fourth largest tanker fleet with more than 1,600 trucks that supply DEF, bio and renewable fuels, and provides hauling and disposal services to the oil field sector.

Pilot Company serves 1.3 million guests per day and provides over 70,000 fleet customers with solutions for fuel, credit, factoring, services and rewards. Its Pilot and Flying J travel center network includes over 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces.

They have more than 790 restaurants, 75,000 truck parking spaces, 5,300 deluxe showers, 6,200 diesel lanes and offers truck maintenance and tire service with Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J.

The One9 Fuel Network connects a variety of fueling locations to provide smaller fleets and independent professional drivers with everyday value, convenience, credit and perks.


Charity Work.

They just contributed more than $1 million to the American Heart Association and children in Ukraine, respectively. They gave more than $2 million in 2017 to Knoxville’s West Side YMCA renovations.



Pilot Travel Centers are the perfect place to stop for all your travel needs. They offer a wide selection of food and drink options, as well as showers, laundry facilities, and more.

Plus, their rewards program is one of the best in the industry.


Sources: Pilot Flying J, Wikipedia & THX News.



Ivan Golden | Founder/CEO of THX News, since 2020. Father of 6, former pro tennis player, antiquarian bookseller & fine art dealer.