By Bonnie & Bill Neely
We have been RV’ers for four decades, and always KOA Campgrounds are our favorite private places to enjoy because we can count on totally clean sites with electric, cable, and water and sewer kept in perfect condition. We know many sites will have trees, and playground equipment will be in safe and fun condition, even for the little K-9 friends to enjoy each other. We know bath houses and laundry facilities will always be clean, adequate and well located for the size of the campground. The cabins are always clean and have comfortable facilities. Tent grounds are dry, level, and separated from RV spots, insuring quiet, peaceful nights.
The KOA’s that are called Journey are perfect for long hauls when we don’t have time to enjoy campground facilities. Many offer meals we can order when we are too tired from the day’s miles to think of cooking. Always there are walking paths to get our circulation going again! In some places KOA offers extra special campground Resorts with elite facilities, higher fees, and restricted for large and newer rigs . These often have planned parties, sometimes boating and fishing, sometimes cookouts for the group, many of whom frequent Resort KOA’s. You can always choose the campground that fits your need and ideal place in the USA or Canada. These are so popular that it is wise to book as far ahead as your travel plans permit.
Most of the KOA’s are Holiday campgrounds we have come to depend on, conveniently located about 20 to 45 minutes from the traffic and confusion of a big city, with rural quiet and often wooded trails. Some of these have public transportation to the city nearby or can arrange tours for you. We tow a car, so we leave our rig safely at the KOA and maneuver cities on our own. Two of our favorites are at opposite ends of the USA because we like to explore different states at various times. One is KOA at Banning California, open year-round near Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and about 45 minutes East of Los Angeles.
All the way across the USA we really enjoy Traverse City KOA, at Buckley, Michigan, about 30 minutes from the lovely city on the Great Lake. This one is open May 1 to mid-October. But you can always find a KOA to fit your needs in the area you prefer because there are nearly 500 KOA’s in North America. If you prefer the out-of-doors many are located very close to National Parks. Make your plans early for your travels each year and select different kinds of KOA’s to see which types you prefer.
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