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Rest Areas

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​​Open 24 hours a day, every day, North Carolina's highway rest areas offer opportunities for convenient, brief stops and provide easy roadside access to public restrooms and drinking water. Most also have vending machines.
Additionally, there are nine Interstate Welcome Centers, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., along interstate highways that offer travel information about that specific interstate corridor.

Elsewhere throughout the state are visitor centers that also provide travel information. Visitor centers hours vary at each location.

North Carolina Rest Areas, Welcome Centers and Visitor Centers provide equal access to all visitors.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has designated all 58 rest areas across the state as "Safe Phone Zones," and along with sponsor GEICO, highly encourages their use.

More facts and tips on ways to avoid distracted driving are available at

5/19/2020 8:37 AM