Camping Ankeny IA
Des Moines, IA
Blue Grass, IA
Finding a Campground
While parking overnight at a Wal-Mart might be a saving grace, with a little planning you can find a good place that will meet your needs .
Count More Than Klicks
Even though your trip looks quick on paper, you need to take more than driving time into consideration. Don't try to pack too many miles into a day unless you have another driver to spell you off. Remember, even professional truckers are limited to the number of hours they're allowed behind the wheel in a day.
In general, you should stop every two hours for a stretch and bathroom break. If you're traveling with young children, pets or someone with a disability, more frequent stops might be in order. And don't forget to factor in meals. Even if you whip up a sandwich in your RV's kitchen, it will still take time.
Where to Stay
Sometimes, a motel is your best bet after a full day of driving. Even though you're toting your own beds, if it's past midnight and you haven't reached your campground , a motel might be worth the added costs. No set-up, take-down or clean-up. And campground neighbors will appreciate you not disturbing their sleep.
Where you spend the night will depend on many factors. KOA sites are a great for quick set-ups and take-downs. Even if the scenery is a bit lacking, these campgrounds are fully-equipped for hook-ups, are pet-friendly and offer laundry facilities. If you're going stay one night, arrive late, leave early or need an adventu...