Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
In 2003, Amarillo International Airport (code: AMA) was renamed for native Amarilloan Rick Husband, a NASA astronaut who was killed when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated in the skies of Texas and Louisiana on Feb. 1, 2003. Husband was the mission's commander. (Read more about Rick Husband.)
AMA offers direct flights daily to Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Albuquerque and Denver via Continental Airlines, Southwest, American and Great Lakes Airlines. (Delta recently withdrew its service.) It is small but has restaurants and gift shops like most airports. (Airline information.)
Even with strict TSA security measures, wait times are never that long.
Amarillo by Car
If you are looking for tips on taking your car, Amarillo is very easy. Just pack up and go.
From Dallas and Fort Worth, take Highway 287 North, 350 miles or so.
From Albuquerque, head east on I-40 all the way, 260 miles or so.
From Denver, I-25 South to Highway 87 South.
From Lubbock, ask yourself why?
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Watch those crazy drivers!
To say Amarillo drivers are crazy may be a bit harsh, so I'll settle for "traffic rule-challenged."
I don't know whether it's the low oxygen because of the high elevation or that independent spirit of the Texas Panhandle, but it seems that more drivers here throw traffic laws out the window per capita than any other place I've been, and the way the roads are set up may have something to do with it.
At times, driving in Amarillo can be a good training ground for defensive driving. BE CAREFUL, especially along Interstate 40 east and west, Interstate 27 north and south and U.S. Highway 287 on the north side of town. The on-ramps and off-ramps are VERY SHORT, so if you've got quite a distance to go on these roads during peak traffic hours, it's best to avoid the far right lanes.
Also, Amarillo is a trucker's hub for this part of the country, and traffic can get a bit scary at the highway entrances near the many truck stops along the major highways. Many of the big truck drivers are courteous, but they also are known for aggressive driving in some cases.
Remember to keep a safe distance, especially during the winter when it can get icy and snowy, and the fall and spring when the constant winds kick up mini-dust storms.
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