Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the country’s largest camping franchise business, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer. This giant in the industry has expanded from a few campsites north of Yellowstone River to the current nationwide 458 franchises. What a success story! It all started in 1962, when Billings’ businessmen set up a campground in…

Blogger Brendan Leonard provides some of his picks for the most alluring state parks in the country for www.adventurejournal.com. These areas are well worth visiting, offering visitors diversity and a wealth of natural beauty. Chugach State Park, Alaska This is one of the largest parks in the nation, providing snowy peaks, grizzly bears and whales…

If you are a camping novice, you can learn much from experienced campers. Cheri Spino, a seasoned camper of eight years, shares her advice with others on toledoBlade.com. Her main three recommendations for new campers involve preparation, flexibility and a sense of adventure. Prepare Spino advises making a trip to the library to check out…

May 11th and 12th are the dates for KOA’s Come Camp and Care With Us Weekend, where participating campgrounds offer a “buy one night, get one night free” deal. Those who take advantage of this offer help KOA raise funds for their care camps, a group of 44 summer campgrounds designated for the use of…