Now’s the time for 2018 travel planning, and trend forecasts are out: the great outdoors is still on the rise!
Kampgrounds of America’s latest North American Camping Report shows that more than a million new households started camping in just the last three years. Meanwhile, 2018 trends set the scene for a higher demand of extraordinary outdoor travel experiences.
They will flock towards America’s unsung hero destinations, which typically offer higher value, with less crowds. KOA’s are often locally owned, blending local culture and the region’s best outdoor scenery and insider experiences with a 55+-year track record of excellence in outdoor hospitality. New York Times recently published its 52 Places to Go in 2018, and surprising American rankers include:
- Branson, Mo. (#21), commended for its thrill-seeking amusements and energetic country music culture. This year, Silver Dollar City amusement park will add the world’s tallest, steepest and fastest spinning coaster. Less than a mile from the Branson strip of rides, amusements and dinner attractions, Branson KOA Holiday captures Ozark vistas and is surrounded by three majestic lakes.
- Chattanooga, Tenn. (#25), with its flourishing music scene. New music venues include the Chattanooga Choo Choo, a converted train station turned amphitheater re-opening this summer. Located amid rolling hills between the Cumberland and the Appalachians, stay at the Chattanooga North KOA to explore both River City and the nearby countryside, including Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls.
- Rogue River, Ore.(#35), appropriately named for its rip-roaring rapids, scaling from Class III-VI. Bald eagles, osprey, deer, bear, chinook salmon, steelhead, and wildflowers are sprinkled throughout this epic river with the Medford / Gold Hill KOA and Grants Pass KOA located in the heart of the action.
And according to Pinterest, they’re also Pinning, and pining for this type of travel this year…
- Desert escapes and climbing vacations – Experience some of America’s greatest desert climbs from the comforts of a KOA, including Zion National Park via the St. George / Hurricane KOA or Joshua Tree via the Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA.
- Historical travel – Stay at a former working plantation at the Charleston KOA Holiday, and then clip-clop along the Charleston harbor in horse drawn carriages, or sleep near the site of the famous Gettysburg address at the Gettysburg / Battlefield KOA Holiday.