Amarillo, Texas is a fascinating city that serves as the gateway to the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It is full of historic attractions and beautiful nature, and there are some beautiful Spanish Revival buildings as well as some lovely places for dining (whether you’re a traditional steak or buffet lover, or more of a fine dining person), and some quaint antiques stores too.
The city has a rich history, and you will see this when you look at the sheer number of museums in the area. From the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum, to the Texas Air and Space Museum, and the Don Harrington Discovery Center, there is plenty to keep visitors entertained and expand their minds.
The Amarillo zoo is fun for the whole family, and the rides at the Wonderland Park are amazing too. The Cadillac Ranch is an interesting public art installation for those who appreciate vehicle-related art.
Amarillo is worthy of a full holiday in and of itself, but it’s possible to get a good feel for the city even if you’re just passing through. If you’re driving along Route 66 and want to explore, then you can visit the US Route 66th Street Historic District, then head on over to the Botancal Gardens for a look around and to escape the bustle of the historic district. From there, the Cadillac Ranch is just a short drive away, and affords a nice photo opportunity. After that, you can spend the late afternoon at the Palo Duro Canyon.
See a Different Side to Texas
Amarillo offers an alternative view to Texas. It has a mild climate, and it’s got a rich heritage. It’s proud of its roots, and you’ll find that it’s a more laid back environment than some other tourist destinations. Amarillo actually has some of the cleanest air in the country, too.
It’s easy to get to the city. The Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport is located two miles north of I-40 East, and is just seven miles out of the city. It is well served by the major airlines, including Southwest and American Eagle, and has links to Las Vegas, Denver, Houston and Dallas. The Tradewinds Airport is a smaller airport that is located just three miles to the south of the city.
You can also drive in, either along the historic Route 66 or the I40 and I 27.
Once you’re in Amarillo, it’s best if you drive around. Public transport is not as developed as in some destinations, and it’s easy to spend a lot on taxis. There are lots of truck drivers on the road so it’s not really a friendly place for cyclists. In general, if you’re staying for a few days or longer, you will want to drive. The good news is that most attractions are located within easy driving distance of each other, so you’ll find that you can explore Amarillo with ease and see a lot of the attractions in a day trip.
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