No RV? No Tent? No Problem!

June 18, 2015

If you’re looking to reconnect with Mother Nature without sacrificing running water and electricity, then you’re in luck! Kampgrounds of America offers cabins across the country so that you can enjoy the great outdoors without abandoning the modern luxuries you’ve come to know and love – from air conditioning to doorknobs. KOA’s lodges, cabins, and cottages all provide a great alternative for motorcyclists, youth groups, multigenerational travelers, and more looking for an alternative to tent or RV camping.

Check out these KOA sites where hassle-free accommodations means the only worry you’ll have at the end of the day is perfecting your s’mores (hint: it’s all about the golden marshmallow), and explore KOA’s lodging options even further by finding the perfect KOA location for your next road trip!

Jackson Hole

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Right in the valley at the edge of the Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole/Snake River KOA lies along Snake River Park where you can enjoy the great outdoors by getting right into the thick of it.  Take a scenic float or a whitewater rafting trip, and chances are you’ll catch a glimpse of elk, moose, ospreys and even eagles. Visitors can also head across the street to the A-OK Corral and pony up for a trail ride through the Gross Ventre Wilderness! Other fun attractions for outdoor enthusiasts near Grand Teton National Park include Oxbow Bend, the always photogenic T.A. Moulton Barn, and Jackson Lake.

In the cabin village, lodging ranges from simple camping cabins with bunks to deluxe cabins that house 6-8 and come complete with a private bedroom, kid’s loft, kitchen with appliances, a dining table, a full bathroom, sofas, and a flat-screen TV. Electricity and heat are standard in all cabins, which is key for the cold nights that can come even in the summertime near the Tetons.


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“Dakota” in “South Dakota” comes from the Sioux word for “friends.” At the Badlands/ White River KOA campground in Interior, SD you’ll make plenty of them while joining everyone for meals in the dining hall, challenging neighbors to a game of horseshoes, and sitting around the campfire together at night (bonus points to this KOA spot for being one of the only areas in the Badlands where campfires are permitted).

A bit of a misnomer, the Badlands National Park holds some of the world’s richest fossil beds. Turkeys, owls, and songbirds also call this area home, and you’ll be able to gawk at them on a nature walk or while on a ride on a fun-cycle– it’s pretty much a lounge chair on wheels!

Porches are standard and kitchens and bathrooms are optional in these cabins. Because the hunter-gatherer lifestyle just isn’t as popular as it used to be, deluxe cabins come with microwaves, coffee makers, and fridges; a perfect option for traveling families and longer-term visitors.

Virginia Beach

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Ever wanted to just get up and drive somewhere where you can play a giant game of chess or jump up and down on an enormous pillow? I bet you do now that we said it! At the Virginia Beach KOA, you’ll have access to all that and more: outdoor movies, a dog park, games, crafts, and a paintball facility are all available onsite.

When you’ve had your fill, a trolley will take you right into the heart of Virginia Beach’s oceanfront for your dose of sun, surf, and sand along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Plus, the nearby Adventure Park USA takes you on a zipline journey through in the treetops and offers Wednesday twilight specials for KOA campers.

Cabins can fit you and up to 7 of your friends (gas grills are available, so we recommend bringing at least one with a strong barbecue game). Basic and deluxe cabins are available, some with cable and big screen TV, and many with private decks or patios.

Of course, KOA is always a great option for visitors looking to spend the night outdoors in their tent or RV, but for travelers looking for a bit more of a permanent structure, KOA’s cabins offer a great alternative lodging option to nature lovers of all types!

Camping writer for Roadtrippers. Jersey Girl. Poet. Scenic Route Enthusiast.Amanda McConnon

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