The original town, Lebanon, was settled a few miles from present-day Frisco, alongside the Preston Trail. Preston Trail was heavily traveled by pioneers and wagon trains on their slow march west. The trail and Lebanon were on top of a hill. In 1902, a now-defunct St. Louis–San Francisco Railway company laid down tracks and built water stops at a regular distance. The company needed to create a stop near water and built one four miles west of Lebanon. As a town grew around this stop, some of the Lebanon residents physically moved their homes on logs to present-day Frisco. The town inhabitants opted to name this newfound town after the railroad company, Frisco.
Frisco, due to its efforts to beautify the city and bring green back, has been designated “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The closest large city is Plano about 20 miles southeast. Downtown Dallas is roughly 30 miles south. Between its proximity to the large towns as well as the beautiful Lewisville Lake, Frisco is an excellent place to rent an RV.
The Great Outdoors
Consider skipping the hotels and getting closer to nature in a Frisco travel trailer. The shining shores of Lewisville Lake beckon. The lake has been dubbed “the urban bass fishing capital of Texas.” It lives up to that title. Bass fish all but leap into nets and boats. Anglers can expect to catch several species of bass, catfish, and crappie. That’s not all there’s to do on the water. Swimming, jet-skiing, parasailing, sailing, sailboarding, and kayaking are all popular recreational activities. Encompassing nearly 30,000 acres, there are piers, docks, boat ramps, and marinas. Some marinas have boats for rent as well. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also runs a tackle loaner program, lending out rods and reels to new fishermen and to those who couldn’t bring their gear. With over 187 miles of shoreline to explore, there’s plenty of privacy to be had if adventurers want to get away from the crowds. Bring a camper rental, as there are dozens of campgrounds with hookups.
A small preserve on the southern point of Lewisville Lake opens up opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring. The preserve is a protected habitat for several wildlife species. Trails wind through three different ecosystems that are home to different types of critters: prairie, wetlands, and forest. Though the forested region provides relief on a hot day, photographers and birdwatchers will have better luck in the prairie region, where hundreds of rare birds are known to reside. Jackrabbits on occasion will peek up above the wild grasses, searching cautiously for predators that fly high overhead on thermals. Though it’s unlikely to spot bobcats and cougars, their scats have been detected.
This close to Dallas, overnight street parking is prohibited in many areas. When you search for an RV in Frisco, TX, be sure to figure out where you’ll park while you hit the sack. There are a handful of RV campgrounds and parks near the Lewisville Lake. Hidden Cove has 40 lots scattered throughout the park, and though all sites have hookups and water, not all have sewer. There are dump stations nearby, however. Most sites have a fire ring and BBQ grill. Highly popular in summers, these lots go quickly. Reserve well in advance.
There are more campground options up north near Ray Roberts Lake. The Waggin’ Tail Ranch RV Park outside Pilot Point may be a good option. As the name suggests, the campground is extremely dog-friendly. All RV lots are fenced, giving man’s best friend a little room to roam safely. There is a dog-okay swimming pond, and a pool, too (not for dogs, though).
Exploring the City
Even in the heart of Dallas suburbs, there’s plenty of things to do and places to visit, and a luxury RV rental will get its passengers around the town safe and sound. Texas is well known for its love of golf. Though lush green fairways dot the surrounding area, a unique golf attraction may be worth exploring. Topgolf in The Colony is a swanky fusion of a nightclub and golf. A digital driving range allows golfers to track their swing, the ball’s flight path, and distance, allowing them to fine-tune their skills. The rooftop terrace and bar boasts a dazzling view of the Dallas skyline, and comfortable seating area arranged around a luxurious fireplace. The house specialty dishes are wings and the smokehouse burger.
Indulge in nostalgia at the National Videogame Museum. The museum exhibits hundreds of arcade games and consoles dating back to the dawn of video games, and as an added bonus, visitors are encouraged to play them. Dodge ghosts in a game of Pac-Man, play a round of pong on the classic Atari or battle a favorite foe in Street Fighter.
Soar the wild blue yonder in a vintage airplane. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison features dozens of planes from WWI to Vietnam War, and a few civilian small-craft planes, as well. Embark on an aerial tour of Dallas in one of the six retro planes, four of which are fighter planes, or opt for a helicopter ride instead.
Locals and out-of-town visitors often engage in a friendly debate on which type of barbecue is the best (dry or wet), how to properly cook it, and where to get the best ribs or brisket. Hop into a motorhome rental and scour Dallas-Metro in the hunt for the perfect dish.
Find your perfect adventure in a Frisco RV rental. Make new memories in Texas as you explore the great outdoors.