Cowboy culture reigns supreme in this Texas Panhandle city.

The halfway point between Chicago and Los Angeles along historic Route 66, quirky Amarillo, Texas, is best known as the quintessential pit stop for cross-country road trippers. The city leans in to its Western roots with hearty barbecue, honky-tonk music and cowboy-themed shops — and it’s an unexpected art town thanks to late local millionaire (and artist) Stanley Marsh 3. Find larger-than-life installations like Cadillac Ranch, where 10 painted cars are half-buried nose down in the sand.

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Explore Amarillo

  • East Amarillo
  • West Amarillo
  • Downtown Historic District

East Amarillo

Overview

Cruise along wide-open roads in this more residential area of Amarillo — just a few miles from both the downtown action and the city’s airport. The area plays host to an enclave of international restaurants, as well as a number of fascinating museums where you can find everything from fine art created by Indigenous groups to historic aircraft on display.

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Museums, Restaurants , Live Music

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West Amarillo

Overview

Home to the Route 66 Historic District, one of the first residential and business districts in Amarillo, visitors will find more than a mile of art galleries, shops, restaurants, bars and more. Discover a moment of Zen within the four beautifully manicured acres that make up the local botanical gardens and take an obligatory selfie in front of Cadillac Ranch.

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Art Galleries, Bars, Restaurants, Shops

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Downtown Historic District

Overview

Downtown Amarillo houses the city’s cultural district. Find the first home built by the city’s settlers, a renovated hotel from 1926 and a rare locomotive prototype from the 1930s, as well as a number of public art displays.

Known For

Art, Dining, Museums

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Discover the Wide-Open Spaces of Amarillo, Texas

A storefront window featuring leather horse saddles

Explore the Iconic Sites

Explore Amarillo’s eclectic art scene with a stop at Cadillac Ranch before making your way through the city’s many dining and shopping options.

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Adventure Awaits on Route 66

Make a day out of the city’s most iconic sites. Begin your adventure in the Route 66 Historic District before making your way to Starlight Ranch. Wear comfy clothes — you’ll be there all day. End your night trying to complete the steak challenge at the Big Texan Steak Ranch.

Rock formation at Palo Duro Canyon

Roam the Range in Palo Duro Canyon

Get out into nature. The Palo Duro Canyon State Park, south of Amarillo, is the second-largest canyon in the U.S., after the Grand Canyon. Experience it on a bike, hike or horseback. End the night with your feet kicked up at the Tascosa Drive-In Theater.

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