Iowa: Discovering Big Towns Between Abundant Prairies
Iowa's towns make the most out of their Midwest location. The annual state fair in Des Moines has gained iconic status as the ultimate agricultural showcase, while the community of Amana Colonies is a window into the past. Check out the communities along the Mississippi River....
Your RV tour through the pastoral Iowa countryside starts mid-state in Des Moines, heads due east to the Amana Colonies and ends at the mighty Mississippi River in Davenport. Drive an easy 183 miles on U.S. Route 80. (If you're a history buff or just like odd roadside attractions, start your trip 55 miles west of Des Moines in Adair, Iowa. See the monument to the first train robbery in the West — by Jesse James and the gang, no less.)...
How to Read Good Sam Directory Ratings
The three-number rating that accompanies each campground listing in the directory gives readers an at-a-glance assessment of a campground's amenities, cleanliness and environment.
How to read the Good Sam Rating 10/10 /10.All three ratings categories are measured on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.Less than 1 percent of parks or campgrounds receive the coveted 10 / 10 / 10 rating, which indicates superior facilities that are well maintained, clean, well-appointed restrooms and a highly appealing appearance.Campgrounds are inspected annually by dedicated RVers like you.
Completeness of facilities
10 / 10 / 10The first campground rating evaluates completeness and quality of facilities.In this category we rate interior roads, sites, registration area, hookups, recreation, swimming, security, laundry, store and building maintenance.
Cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms and showers
10 / 10 / 10The second rating category concerns the cleanliness and physical characteristics of toilets, walls, showers, sinks/counters/mirrors and floor. If a park achieves a full point in each of the above, it receives a star (), indicating exceptionally clean restrooms.
Also rated are physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
Visual Appeal and Environmental Quality
10 / 10 / 10 This category addresses the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.