K is for KOA
Even if you have never camped, you have probably seen the distinctive signs for a KOA Campground.
There are over 475 campgrounds in the US and Canada that sport this sign, indicating that they are a member of the organization and that their campground meets certain criteria established by the company. In our experiences KOA's are convenient, clean, and safe. The staff are generally extremely helpful and kind. Most KOA's are staffed by Work Kampers. These are folks who manage different aspects of the campground for the owner in exchange for free hookup while they are there. There are no surprises when you camp at KOA, which can be a good thing!
KOA campgrounds are usually very convenient to the highway. The downside to this is that highway noise might disturb your peaceful slumber. They tend to cost a bit more, per night, but a 10% discount is available if you purchase an annual Value Card for $24.
KOA maintains a website that allows users to learn more about campgrounds in their system, see what amenities are available, check rates and reserve sites. The website includes pictures of each campground so one can get a feel for the place before arrival.