They are the two words that usually send chills up the spines of most people.

Public restrooms.

You know you have to use them, but you also know that they are NOT all created equally.

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Well, there are some elite restrooms out there and one company is trying to crown the best in the nation.

Cintas is once again asking for your help in selecting America's Best Restroom and there is a Minnesota finalist among the top ten.

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Technically it's two locations separated by a five-mile stretch of Interstate 90, just west of Jackson.

For eastbound travelers, it's the Clear Lake Rest Stop. For westbound travelers, it's the Des Moines River Rest Stop.

Here's how Cintas describes them on the nomination page:

'Open 24 hours to the traveling public, the Safety Rest Areas (SRAs) share a similar design language that focuses on cleanliness, durability, safety, and inclusion, as well as strives to exceed the users’ expectations. The multi-user restrooms are designed without doors at their entries to allow for an increased sense of safety for users and to eliminate pathogen transfer. Dual restrooms for each gender enable access to one pair during cleaning. Family restrooms are designed to meet the needs of families, adults with special needs, and users desiring gender-neutral facilities. Entrances to the multi-user restrooms are enhanced by large photographic murals illustrating detailed views of the prairie landscape by a well-known local photographer.'


  • Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Clear Lake and Des Moines River Safety Rest Areas (Jackson, Minnesota)
  • Drusie & Darr (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • El Rio (San Francisco, California)
  • Frying Pan (New York, New York)
  • Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company (Melbourne, Florida)
  • Juban’s Creole Restaurant (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
  • Little America Hotel (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Rabbit Hole (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Snowbasin Resort (Huntsville, Utah)

Minnesota is looking to become just the second state (Ohio) with three best bathroom winners since the award was first handed out in 2002.


  • 2013 – Varsity Theater (Minneapolis)
  • 2016 – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Minneapolis)

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