Garland is a mid-size city in Dallas County, northeast Texas, but it began as two separate communities, Embree and Duck Creek, in 1874. A competition commenced shortly after between the two communities, who were vying to host the new post office. The dispute was settled when Dallas County Judge Thomas Nash requested that the post office be located between the two communities. This was completed in 1887 by congressman Joe Abbott and the site of the post office was named Garland (after then U.S. Attorney General Augustus Hill Garland). Within a short time, Embree, Duck Creek and Garland were combined to become the city of Garland, which was incorporated in 1891.
Garland isn’t LA, but as a satellite community of Dallas, it is home to a number of celebrities from the worlds of basketball, football and music. Book an RV in Garland and you are on your way to experiencing first hand an important and popular part of American life and culture.
The Great Outdoors
There are dozens of gas stations in and around Garland, so filling your motorhome rental near Garland should be simple and straightforward. This part of the state of Texas is quite developed, but your Garland travel trailer rental will take you out of the city and into nature. A good place to start is Bob Woodruff Park, which has trails for hiking or relaxed walks, as well as for mountain biking. There is a sand volleyball court, a playground for younger children and a pier where visitors can get in some fishing. There are public restrooms and a pavilion which can be rented for group outings.
Spring Creek Forest Preserve is a managed and protected area with towering trees, some of which are anywhere from 100 to 300 years old. Scientists have observed hundreds of plant and animal species within the park. The preserve has an interpretive walking trail that loops around to end where it started, and hikers can learn more about the preserve and the types of natural environments that exist within the preserve.
Being so close to Dallas, Garland offers all that a big city can provide. But if you want to get away from it all and experience the wilder side of Texas, consider a trip to Sam Houston National Forest. One of Texas’ four national forests, Sam Houston is around 50 miles from the city of Houston, so you could combine a trip to this sprawling forest to one of Texas’ major cities.The forest has campgrounds if you want to spend the night, and there are almost endless trails through the woods to explore. Fishing, boating and wildlife viewing are all popular activities in this vast park. Rent a motorhome in Garland, and you will be able to see more of what Texas has to offer.
Roughly a half hour drive from Garland, Lake Lavon RV Park is a smallish campground with laundry facilities, a dedicated pet area and a pond onsite where guests can catch and release fish. Lake Lavon is nearby and guests can also fish here or go boating. The sites have full hookups (including 30 and 50 amp electrical outlets) and wi-fi. Thanks to its water access, it’s a great place to beat the heat of a Texan summer, and kids will love all there is to do here.
Lewisville Lake Park Campground, on the other hand, has more of a camping feel to it.Sites have electricity and water, but no sewer hookups. There is a dump station, though. There are also restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. Tall trees provide shade on hot days, and the recreational trails through the park couldn’t be more convenient. If you’re looking to get away from it all, this can be a great place to park Garland RV rentals by owner.
Exploring The City
There are many activities visitors can take part in within the city, and the local breweries are a great place to start. Guests can sample the local offerings along with snacks to while away an afternoon. There are theaters and waterparks, and at least one symphony for the traveling music lover. Kids will enjoy the game and entertainment centers, while adults can browse through the gift and specialty shops.
Garland has a good variety of cuisines on hand to choose from, starting with Asian fare such as Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese. At least one of these is a hibachi diner where the chef will prepare your meal in front of you. Mexican and Italian are also on hand, along with steakhouses and seafood. Prices range from cheap eats to moderately priced fare and fine dining. Bring your leftovers home with you to your RV trailer rental Garland for an especially tasty midnight snack.
Those seeking a quieter, more relaxed meal will be happy to know that Garland has a large supply of grocery stores, providing tourists with ingredients that can be cooked to perfection in their luxury RV rental in Garland and enjoyed indoors or out under the stars. The only limit here is your own preferences.