Amarillo Travel Guide

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    Deconstructed art
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    the colorful Cadillac Ranch
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    we were finally in the Wild Wild West!
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Amarillo Things to Do

  • Cadillac Ranch

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Cadillac Ranch was a huge disappointment. From photos going back about forty years, I was expecting a pink Cadillac or two. What exists now is a lot of graffiti-covered junk. All the original paint is gone, and some of the cars have been vandalized. I hate to say it is a reflection of the way our culture reacts to art, broadly defined, but it...

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  • Palo Duro Canyon

    The guide you obtain when you enter Palo Duro Canyon informs that the park consists of 18,438 acres in Randall and Armstrong Counties, encompassing a formation which is about 120 miles long and 600' to 1000' feet deep. It was formed less than a million years ago when the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River carved through the Southern High...

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  • American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame &...

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is a gathering place for horse outfitters along with a museum honoring one of the most important breeds of horse to the history of the west. There are interesting and informative displays inside and some neat sculptures outside. Photo 3 is a fairly well known sculpture called "The Finalist" by artist Jim Reno. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday...

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  • Quarter Horse Museum

    The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is a hidden gem of Western art in the Texas Panhandle. The moment you approach, you are greeted by the beautiful, larger-than-life bronze statues of history-making American Quarter Horses Rugged Lark and Refrigerator. Visitors can spend time reflecting outside at the newly renovated Wall of Honor...

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  • Shortgrass Country Museum

    The Shortgrass Country Museum is located is SAYRE's Old Rock Island Depot, 106 E. Street. The depot is perhaps Sayre's most important historical landmark; were it not for the train, Sayre might never have been born.

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  • Visit the Big Texan

    I mentioned the "Big Texan" in a restaurant tip but there is more to see here than just food. It is worth a quick stop to see the restaurant, hotel, and murals even if you do not intend to eat here. Considered a landmark in Amarillo and the panhandle of Texas.

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Amarillo Restaurants

  • Great food, service, & decor~

    Update~Sadly like so many businesses lately they had to close their doors. The restaurant was auctioned off in Oct 2013. Hopefully someone will step in and open it back up as a restaurant. The food was really good too!:(From the web site: Country Barn Steakhouse embraces an authentic western heritage of the working cowboy. All 18,000 sqft. Which...

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  • Best Steak in This Part of Texas

    The Big Texan is THE place to stop for steaks in Amarillo and indeed in this whole part of Texas. Their steaks are world-renowned and for good reason. If you feel adventurous, and hungry, enough try the 72 ounce steak challenge. If you can eat their entire meal of a 72 ounce steak and trimmings in one hour it is free. Over 50,000 have tried and...

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  • Decent Chain Restaurant

    $14 as of October 2011. As usual, this Denny's was about what I have come to expect from them. The Tilapia Ranchero was cooked properly and tasty and the service was slightly better than average. Worth a try when you are in Amarillo. I eat a lot of the Tilapia here; heart friendly.

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  • Food for Sit Down

    This is local fast food place that features basic and staple food types. Prices are very reasonable and serves burgers, breakfasts, chicken fried steak, and more. The burgers are great, especially for the price ranges; $1.50-4.00.

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  • The big steaks

    The steak I had at 32 ounces was one of the best tasting I have eaten in years. All of the steaks are quality and the other food also good quality and plentiful. Also along with the plates of food is baked potato, salad, and breads. The steak was $22 for what I ordered and the largest one at 72 oz is $64. Any of the steaks are the ones to order

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  • Best Burgers, Cold Beer

    I first heard of this little place on an episode of Man vs. Food. He raved about the "Burger From Hell". I have to travel to Amarillo occasionally for work, and I LOVE spicy food...so stopping at this place was a must.A real charmer, this is for folks who appreciate a local dive with good American Food: Burgers and Beer! This is a tiny place, that...

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Amarillo Nightlife

  • Nightlife is predominantly...

    Nightlife is predominantly Country music related although there are a few clubs that are pop music. I've been away from that scene for a long time but the Caravan club on Paramount was always a big spot for some good two-steppin'. Hats and boots!

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  • As for my favorite nightlife...

    As for my favorite nightlife spot, everyone, whether young or old, would enjoy historic Route 66. There are many clubs for dancing and listening to music. Something for all, whether you are a biker or cowboy. Also, diners are located here. Ribs & Blues for barbeque, FatBoys deli, and Golden Light Cantina for hamburgers and fries. Live bands most...

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Amarillo Transportation

  • Rick Husband Amarillo International...

    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,...

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  • 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?

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  • 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...

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Amarillo Shopping

  • Funky Christian Shop in Amarillo

    If you are looking for a unique shooping experience, go to Top Notch Treasures. They offer custom painted furniture/art, Christian gifts & seasonal home decor. It is attached to Top Notch Transmissions. The staff is very nice & helpful. *Custom painted furniture*Floral arrangements*Vintage decor*Notepads with sass!*Chrsitian gifts & decor TNT...

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  • Cowboy Fashions in Amarillo

    We had missed the opportunity to shop for Texas boots where they are made--El Paso--so we took the opportunity to see what we could find in the cowboy outpost of Amarillo. Cavender's #34 off I-40. I bought a pair of brown ostrich skin boots with all leather soles and no man-made materials for $160-, which I believe is a good deal. My wife has a...

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Amarillo Local Customs

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    by Routeman Written Aug 25, 2002

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    TEXAS.State flag & facts STATE NICKNAME: Lone Star State, STATE CAPITOL, Austin, STATE SONG: 'Texas, our Texas', STATE ADMITTED: 1845, 28th State.

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Amarillo Warnings and Dangers

  • Rattlers!!

    Rattlesnakes are common in the outskirts of town (like around the welcome center) keep an eye out for them. They normally will not bother you if you do not bother them.

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  • After a heavy rain some of the...

    After a heavy rain some of the smaller state highways or 'Farm Market' roads will have water over the road. Southwest of Amarillo more than once I have come up on roads you could not drive through right after a heavy rain storm. You won't have to worry about that with the major interstates.

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Amarillo Tourist Traps

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    by Boozoo Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You can't drive through Amarillo on I-40 without seeing the Big Texan steak house. It's definitely a tourist trap, but if you're just passing through, it will make for a pretty good memory with lots of photograph opportunities outside. You might even get to see someone trying to polish off the 72oz. steak challenge!

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Amarillo Off The Beaten Path

  • Palo Duro Canyon-Lighthouse trail

    This is the most difficult trail and it is 6 miles round trip. Many people attempt to get to the top at 400 feet, but the last leg of the climb is too much for the average person; a lot of rock/boulders to get over and steep path.

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  • Palo Duro CAnyon

    This is a wonderful terrain located about 30 miles south of US 40 highway. There is a road that goes in a circle for 10-12 miles around the canyon valley. Along the route are hiking trails, of which one is moderately difficult and the others are easy. The most difficult is Lighthouse trail and is 6 miles round trip. Also available are horse rides,...

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  • giant off of I-40

    This huge steel cross is 190 feet tall and can be seen up to 20 miles away. It lights up at night and is located on the side of I-40 in Groom, TX, approximately 40miles east of Amarillo. It is known as the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere.IF YOU LIKE MY POST PLEASE GIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK, THANKS

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Amarillo Favorites

  • finally in the Wild Wild West!

    The night before had been far better than our Little Rock excursion the previous day. Oklahoma City had proved more inviting and interesting than its Arkansas cousin. The best part was that even though we had another four hours to drive after we left Oklahoma City, we got into Amarillo, Texas much much earlier than we stopped the night before. We...

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  • Show me the way...

    Amarillo was a small town that has been well known in the UK for a long time, mainly due to song that was originally sung by Tony Christie. In 2005 it was re-worked (well mimed) by the comedian Peter Kaye with a host of celebrities in support. The lyrics are as below, join in now please...When the day is dawning On a Texas Sunday morningHow I long...

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  • Stay out of the rain!!! :

    The only thing I have seem of Ama. is gas stops when passing through.This is another shot of the weather we endured early into the 2001 motorcycle trip to Colorado

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