Looking for a fun outdoor adventure this fall to experience nature and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and some time as a family?I have an idea for you for this week’s Off the Beaten Path!
A little known secret is that I enjoy camping but not ‘real’ camping as much as staying in cabins. Last year my family and I finally tried out KOA camping and had a glorious time. It was the perfect balance of ‘roughing it’ while sleeping on real beds, having a bathroom right there for our little ones that wake up in the night and enjoying some extra amenities not often found at regular campgrounds. Here are 4 of our favorite KOA campgrounds in the area!
The extra cool thing about KOAs is that there is a HUGE list of them in Canada too!
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- Astoria / Warrenton / Seaside KOA – This has by far been our favorite KOA to date. Located in Hammond, OR it is close to so much but if you don’t want to run around doing things there is plenty to enjoy right at the campground. From a bouncing pillow for the kids to activities and an indoor AND outdoor pool there is so much to do. My kids also enjoyed the free pancakes for breakfast every morning. Be warned that the line does get a little long because FREE PANCAKES! We stayed in a deluxe cabin so we could have a fridge, our own bathroom and a stove top for cooking. My kids still talk about this adventure and ask when we will be going back.
- Leavenworth / Pine village KOA – My friend Kristina over at allmomdoes.com goes to this KOA every year as a Thanksgiving tradition. They are avid campers and enjoy keeping it easy with a cabin. Fun memories, close to Leavenworth and beautiful views. Such a fun thing to look forward to every year!
- Burlington / Anacortes KOA – We stayed here just this past summer and enjoyed it. The pool hours were a bit short when we were there and the mini golf was being remodeled but we were still able to enjoy it. Plus, it was close to our little day trips we wanted to take enjoying our beautiful state.
- Olympic Peninsula / Port Angeles KOA – This was the first KOA we experienced and it was before we tried out the cabins. At this campground we did the full on tent experience (which is the cheapest way to go). The weather was a bit chilly to enjoy the pool much but it was a great pool. The kids loved playing at the playground, enjoying movie night and having ice cream during ice cream social night. We had a blast!
One note about the KOA cabin experience. I wouldn’t call it the “cheapest, most frugal” way to camp. Taking your tent is the best way for that if you are looking for cheap. However, the cabins have a fun atmosphere about them and I love the family-friendly activities and focus of the KOAs we’ve stayed in. They are all family owned and you can tell the families who do own them enjoy what they do, at least for the ones we’ve stayed in. Have you experienced any KOAs around the area? Tell us about your experience!
KOA did not sponsor this post. I just love KOA camping and all opinions are my own.
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