03.Apr.2010 The most beautiful Arby’s in the world

As a country, America’s youth sometimes makes it hard to point out aspects of our culture with real history. One American tradition that dates back to our roots and is shared by few other nations is the road trip. As an endeavor for fun or as a part of relocation, heading west with Manifest Destiny in our hearts is—I believe—in integral part of being an American.

Growing up as a kid who spent countless hours peering out the backseat windows of a car chugging down a highway while soaking up the scenery, not to mention numerous hours of driving in college to other universities and back home through Missouri’s country roads when a holiday came along, I feel I’ve developed a particular appreciation for road tripping. Recently, my girlfriend Jessi and I drove across the country from New Jersey to Oregon to move into our new apartment and start our new jobs. With a U-Haul in tow, we saw plenty of crazy things in the 2,400 plus miles we drove from coast to coast. One of those beautiful oddities, which I’ve previously blogged about, was the world’s most beautiful Arby’s.

Attached to a Texaco gas station in Trementon, UT, the most beautiful Arby’s in the world is clean, welcoming and features a log cabin motif that is a nice change of pace after hitting dozens of unremarkable pit stops along a trip across the country. However, what really makes this Arby’s remarkable is the backdrop of the snow-peaked Rocky Mountains. With those grand peaks juxtaposed to the recognizable brand names and logos of both Arby’s and Texaco, this stop just north of Salt Lake City is something I recently described as “something I now consider an essential stop along the route [to Portland] and a gorgeous bit of Americana!”

My good friend Caleb and his lovely wife Anna are currently making the drive to Portland, so I mentioned they should make a quick stop at the world’s most scenic Arby’s. Earlier today, they stopped there and filmed this quick panoramic video of the station.

Pretty breathtaking for a break on the road, right? When it comes to modern Americana, that’s pretty damn good.

Here are a few photos that Jessi took on our drive back in November.

Trementon, Utah's amazing Texaco/Arby's

Looking East, those are the Rockie Mountains.

As you can see in the video, the Arby's is to the right.

The gorgeous day we had certainly helped the majesty of the locale.

Filling up with my Movember moustache.

"O beautiful for spacious skies..."

Trementon, UT: A nice place to visit for 20 minutes!

If you’re ever on the road around Salt Lake City, I suggest taking a quick stop in Trementon because it’s the journey, not the arrival, that’s what it’s really all about.

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  • Aaron Colter says:

    I’ve been there! My buddy and I drove from Indianapolis to Portland in only three days. We drove through blizzards, and slept in the cab, hauling all of our worldly possessions at the start of winter, back when gas was $3.50 a gallon. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. I’m so glad I made the journey.

    Great post.

  • Jim Gibbons says:

    Oh yeah, man! Helluva trip! But this Arby’s, unlikely as it may sound, was one of the bright spots on the road.

  • Matthew L says:

    Jim, here would be an appropriate place, I think, to mention that my brother Jay and I favored Arby’s over every other fast food joint way back when. Of course the only Arby’s to frequent near Libertyville at the time was on the second floor of the Hawthorne Mall where said brother and I would each down 5 for $5 regular roast beef sandwiches just smothered in Arby’s sauce – a sauce that is still an all-time favorite for me. Back then they had the squeezy bottles of Arby’s sauce and Horsie sauce instead of the pump mechanisms now common and Jay would take a whole bottle home every time we went and we would empty it and bring it back on the next go for a new bottle and more RRB Sandwiches. If only Vernon Hills had the hills in your pictures.

  • Jim Gibbons says:

    I have many a fond memory of that Arby’s, Matt! I had my first jamocha shake there.

    I also loved how that Arby’s was an island within view of the food court, but for whatever reason, it insisted on remaining a separate entity. Definitely a rarity in today’s mall system.