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America's Best 24-Hour Hot Spots
Awake at 3 a.m.?
Head to these round-the-clock places from Atlanta to Portland.
On one of his
first nights in Dallas,
Robert Rosen, a new teacher in the area, turned into Fuel City gas station off
Interstate 35E. But he wasn’t there to fill his car’s tank; Rosen went to fill
his stomach—with what locals say are the best tacos in the state.
While many gas
stations have 24/7 convenience stores, the crowds that gather at this humble
taco stand, even at 3 a.m., are testament to the tastiness of these
award-winning tacos piled high with juicy meat and served with delectable sides
like corn with a Mexican-style Parmesan cheese.
“It’s insanely popular in Dallas. People go out of their way to eat their authentic Mexican tacos,” says Rosen.
an insomniac or an early riser, the beauty of a 24/7 spot is you can go—literally—whenever you want. Urban diners that catered to workers on the
graveyard shift coming and going from nearby factories at the turn of the 20th
century were some of the first establishments in America to stay open around
the clock. Since then, all-hours businesses have grown beyond the greasy spoon,
providing locals and visitors with a much-needed place to rest, drink, or even
go shopping at any hour of the day or night.
With an antidote
to restless nights in mind, TravelandLeisure.com searched out 10 of America’s best 24-hour spots. Take the Wilshire Spa in Los Angeles’s
Koreatown. This full-service spa keeps its doors open for those who are looking
for relaxation, detox, or a full-body scrub at any hour.
brands have started keeping their flagship stores open 24/7, L. L. Bean, the
granddaddy of outdoor supplies, has temporarily closed its original store in
since 1951—only four times, including the day the founder, L. L. (Leon Leonwood),
died in 1967. While the always-open policy was introduced to accommodate
hunters going out on trips before dawn, today it’s also convenient for
last-minute holiday shoppers, teenagers looking for a place to hang out, and
locals and visitors to Vacationland looking for some after-hours retail
The next time
you find yourself awake in the wee hours of the morning, don’t get stuck in
front of the TV channel-surfing through reruns of The Golden Girls.
Instead, celebrate your inner night owl and head out to one of these cool