Sometimes while traveling cross-country in your #TravelTrailer or #RV, you just want to spend the night somewhere a bit quieter or more comfortable than a rest stop or WalMart parking lot. That was our thought tonight as we drove through Des Moines, Iowa, in a full blown thunderstorm gale, 500 miles from home. Headed west on I-80, we contemplated our options.
There was a 4 star KOA resort in West Des Moines just 1.5 miles from I-80 that sounded OK. But at $46 plus tax for a single night, it was pricy! It appeared there were plenty of spots available. Maybe some of these resort type places would do well with a one nighter rate for those of us that aren’t going to subject ourselves to a KOA parking lot at that rate.
Using the AllStays app, looking ahead I found several Iowa State Parks. Lake Anita State Park was 5 miles south of I-80 off Exit 70 (rt 148). The campground had 161 sites, some electric, some full hookup and some no hook ups with the most expensive being $19/night. The setting was quiet and serene. Plus there were showers with good water pressure and hot water, always a plus.
So we drove a bit further than a mile and a half, but we enjoyed the evening serenity, the lake and the back in spot big enough that we didn’t even have to unhook from the truck! What could be better for a quick overnight stop!