Being roughly 30 miles out of the Seattle metro area could be considered a pro or a con, depending on your situation. This is a nice little place to stay, get some good rest and decent food.
TA Seattle East in North Bend, Washington – A Small, Cozy Truck Stop 35 Minutes Out of the Seattle Metro Area
The Pacific Northwest is known for quite a few things, not the least of which are traffic & rain. It’s a gorgeous area though and aside from the mountain passes to get here, I enjoy the trip.
After a week of running hard, I found myself needing to sit for a 34-hour restart and knowing how limited truck parking is in the Seattle metro area, opted to drive east on I-90 to North Bend and hang out here. There are other options; a Pilot south of Tacoma on I-5 and a small, extremely packed Love’s (which I make every effort to avoid) on I-5 in Fife just south of SEATAC.
This truck stop’s address is: 46600 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045 and being a block north of Interstate 90’s exit 34, you don’t hear any traffic noise from the freeway.
There are 140 parking spaces at North Bend’s TA – a combination of diagonal and straight in back spots. TA offers their “Reserve-It Parking” for 40 of these, knowing that parking is at a premium in the area and they can make bank by charging for parking reservations on more spaces.
As for bobtail spaces, I could only find 5. Oversize loads might have a hard time navigating the lot and finding a spot to park overnight without taking more than one space.
Regardless of what you’re driving, get here as early as possible. Parking begins to fill up long before dark and it becomes a real circus by sundown. While that’s entertaining for those who’ve found their comfy spot for the night, it’s a mess for drivers still trying to get parked.
This truck stop has 6 big truck fuel islands with DEF. I was a little surprised that even with the price of #2 Diesel when I was here, those fuel islands stayed busy day & night. While I didn’t fuel, I did notice the lanes were well-maintained.
I always have a hard time evaluating the women’s restrooms, as you can understand. But I’m guessing them to be on par with the men’s room, which was very small – able to accommodate 3-4 “standers” and 3 “sitters” at a time. The 3 sinks were quite clean and the restroom overall was stocked & well kept.
There are comparable restrooms available in the restaurant and smaller travel store buildings.
This TA offers 8 showers for drivers and they seemed to stay busy around the clock. Even at 10 AM, I had about a 15 minute wait for a shower. In the evening, I saw an actual crowd of some two-dozen drivers holding shower bags waiting outside.
Though small in number, the showers are actually very well maintained. I had clean, fresh towels and the room was very clean. Kudos again TA!
Inside the general travel store and also the truck store near the diesel islands, you’ll find the usual truck stop fare – snacks, coolers of stuff, etc. There is a limited hot deli and TA’s usual offerings of coffee & tea.
I haven’t been a die-hard fan of Country Pride restaurants, so I was impressed eating at this one by the best chicken fried steak I’ve ever eaten – and I’ve had quite a few all over the nation. It was so good, I went in the next morning and ate another! Wow. The place is clean, seems to stay busy all day and has some really good food.
In the same building as the Country Pride, there’s a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen with plenty of room to sit & enjoy some southern fast food.
TA has a small laundry room where you can wash ‘yer duds if you have time to wait for a machine. Small is the keyword here.
A truckers chapel sits on the little rise near the truck parking entry just behind Country Pride. It seems they have something going on every evening.
Other services at this TA a truck wash, full-service truck shop with 3 truck bays, WiFi internet, a drivers lounge. Of course, there’s a CAT scale here, too. Things I saw in the immediate area were a small inn and a local burger joint just across the street.
Nothing of real need to mention here but the folks were all professional and friendly! This goes for the people I met in the stores and also the staff inside the restaurant.
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