Visitors will find some unexpected surprises in this modest and inconspicuous community in West Texas' High Plains, and many of the top tourist sites and activities to do are free. Amarillo is located in the middle of historic US Route 66. Driving through the city's Historic Route 66 District gives you a sense of what traveling through this area could have been like in the 1950s.
From the Quarter Horse Museum to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Amarillo features numerous distinct museums relating to West Texas history and culture.
Try your hand at graffiti at Cadillac Ranch, or hike the trails in adjacent Palo Duro Canyon to take in some of the state's distinctive landscape.
What to expect in Amarillo
Take a spray paint can and make your own graffiti at Cadillac Ranch, a surprisingly enjoyable and free attraction on the western outskirts of Amarillo, right off Interstate 40. Old Cadillacs stand elegantly in a row, nose-first in the earth of a farmer's field. In the 6th street historic district, you may discover atmospheric restaurants with patios and stores that give the neighborhood a vibrant atmosphere. Braceros, in a renovated former Route 66 garage, has a unique environment and delicious Mexican food. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is located about 30 minutes south of Amarillo, making it the second biggest canyon in the United States behind the Grand Canyon. It is 120 miles long, 20 miles broad in certain places, and 800 feet deep. The route stretches over 16 miles. The Lighthouse Trail, which goes to the same-named spectacular cliff, is the most popular walk. The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Texas' biggest history museum, provides an insight into Texas' past, from the time of the dinosaurs to the present. American Quarter horse hall of fame and museum Amarillo Art Museum, Texas Air & Space Museum, and Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum are some other famous museums to visit. The Amarillo Zoo is a great place to visit for a relaxing afternoon and a look at some exotic species— ring-tailed lemurs, kangaroos, lions, tigers, bobcats, foxes, bears, and monkeys. The downtown section of Amarillo is being revitalized, and you'll discover a mix of old and modern structures, both of which are interesting. Some historical structures survive, such as the old 1927 Fisk Building, which is now the Courtyard by Marriott, one of Amarillo's premier hotels. Wonderland Amusement Park is one of the adventurous places to take your family to have fun. Westgate Mall, Blue Sage Pottery, and Alley Katz are some of the places to shop. So now just book cheap flights to Amarillo and hit its streets!
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