To prove the point that Tennessee is the exception rather an the rule when it comes to interstate ‘Rest Areas’ (see ‘Chaos Mapped’) here are some examples from other states I’ve passed through.
A typical Rest Area in Mississippi:
This one had a short walking trail around some archeological remains as well as the usual amenities. There was also a room which contained a pictorial summary of he history of the state.
Here’s the first Rest Area you come to in Louisiana:
All the door handles in this Rest Area were small brass alligators. There was a tourist information office and every traveler was offered free cup of Louisiana coffee to take with them.
Finally, here is an example from Florida:
There was a brief walking trail and a large state map display with areas of interest highlighted.
Maybe I should release a calendar….