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Circus Circus KOA

  • Jul 24, 2009
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 The Circus Circus KOA in Las Vegas was an awesome place to park our Winnebago during our cross-country road trip. The staff was friendly, the bathrooms were clean and the location was unbeatable (right on the strip, basically).

But the BEST part of the Circus Circus KOA was that they weren't sticklers for rules and regulations! Our cross-country roadtrip included doing Karaoke at our every stop, so when we were stuck for a venue in Las Vegas to play the karaoke show, the Circus Circus KOA didn't balk a minute at the fact that we decided to perform right in the middle of the RV park! Not only that, but they drove up around 10 pm (the quiet hour) and told us we could have another hour! Then, when we shut down at 11 pm, they came by to thank us!

The Circus Circus KOA rocks. I recommend it highly. Heck, even if you don't have an RV, they have an airstream there that you can rent out for a couple of days. :)
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Kampgrounds of America (KOA) is a franchise chain of nearly 450 campgrounds throughout North America and Japan based in Billings, Montana, USA. The current CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. is James D. Rogers. The president of KOA is Shane Ott.

KOA was founded in 1962. Billings, Montana businessman Dave Drum got the idea to start the campgrounds while walking his property along the Yellowstone River and seeing travellers heading to the Seattle World's Fair. Drum got the idea to start a lodging business and constructed a campground on his land that offered hot showers, restrooms, a small store and a patch of grass.

The campground was quickly successful. Drum visited the campground nearly every night, talking to campers about their desires. From their conversations, Drum got the idea to expand his concept nationwide.

By the summer of 1963, Drum had two partners and the goal of creating a system of campgrounds throughout North America. The yellow logo was created and Drum and his partners started selling franchises.

By the end of the 1969 camping season, KOA had 262 campgrounds in operation across the U.S. By 1972—10 years after KOA's creation—KOA had 600 franchise campgrounds.

The Arab oil embargoes of 1973 and 1978 caused the collapse of many travel-oriented businesses. KOA, however, survived the troubles, which they credit to the strength of its system. By 1982, the KOA franchises had increased to nearly 900 campgrounds across North America.

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