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|−|* '''Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument''', 35 miles north near [[Borger]]. A prehistoric quarry that produced widely traded flint stones. | |
|−|* [[Canyon]], a few miles south on US 87, is home to the largest historical museum in Texas, the '''Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum'''. | |
|−|* [[Conway]] is a very small town a few miles east of Amarillo. If you enjoyed the Cadillac Ranch, stop here to find a similar art project done with Volkswagen Beetles. If that's not enough, you can find a version done with 12 wheat combines on FM 1151 near [[Canyon]]. | |
|−|* '''Carson County Square House Museum''', a few miles to the east in [[Panhandle (Texas, city)|Panhandle]], has an interesting collection of early pioneer and railroad artifacts. | |
|−|* '''Lake Meredith National Recreation Area''', 30 miles northeast near [[Fritch]]. | |
|−|* [[Palo Duro Canyon]], 27 miles southeast near [[Canyon]]. The second largest canyon in the United States. The Palo Duro canyon is roughly 120 miles long and has an average width of 6 miles, but reaches a width of 20 miles at places. Its maximum depth is 800 feet. | |
|−|* [[Vega (Texas)|Vega]], 28 miles west, and some nearby ghost towns have a number of well-preserved Route 66 sites. | |
|−|*'''Wildcat Bluff Nature Center''', 3 miles north of I-40 on Soncy. Learn about the plants and animals of the Great Plains and go for a hike! [http://www.wildcatbluff.org/] | |
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Amarillo , which means "yellow" in Spanish, is the center of the Texas Panhandle, located at the edge of the Great Plains.
Amarillo offers a true Western heritage, a unique geographical area with wide open spaces and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Amarillo is also gateway to Palo Duro Canyon, America's second largest canyon. With its relatively mild climate, the city is rated as having some of the cleanest air in the country.
Indians, conquistadors, buffalo hunters, settlers, cowboys, adventurers, lawmen, gunfighters, and the railroad all contributed in many ways to the development and growth of the area. That heritage is still felt here, where "cowboy" is still an honorable profession. Here you can enjoy the very best of the Old and New West!
Founded in 1887, the city charter was adopted in 1913. Amarillo is one of the first cities in the nation to use the City Commissioner-City Manager form of government. Now home to close to 200,000 residents (more than 300,000 in the metro area), the city features excellent accommodations, a spacious convention/civic center, symphony, ballet, little theater, opera, and is the home of Amarillo College.
Though technically located on the very northern tip of the Llano Estacado Plateau, Amarillo has closer ties with the High Plains region, serving as the economic, industrial, transportation, and cultural hub of the region.
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Record all-time high: 111°F (26 June 2011)
Record all-time low: -16°F (12 February 1899)
Record all-time precipitation: 5.74 inches (7 July 2010)
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Amarillo is at a high elevation (3,605 ft) and has mostly a flat topography, with exception of the Canadian River valley to the north, and Palo Duro Canyon, to the south/southeast. This comes with bright sunshiny days when sunny, and an almost continuously windy condition year-round. Average winds range from 12 miles per hour in August to 15.5 miles per hour in March, but can be much stronger, with or without storms or fronts coming through. While wind can blow from any direction, the prevailing winds in the area come from the southwest. The air is usually dry, especially in winter, so it's a good idea to have lip balm and skin lotion/cream handy when in the area.
While the water from faucets is generally clear, the water that comes from city pipes in Amarillo has an unpleasant taste. It is good idea to drink mainly filtered or bottled water when in the area.
- Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council 1000 S. Polk, ☎ +1 806 374-1497 (toll free: ☎ +1 800 646-3388). Monday-Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm. Office located inside the restored Bivins Mansion, on the south edge of downtown.
- City of Amarillo 601 S. Buchanan, ☎ +1 806 378-3000. The City Hall building is the center of municipal activity for the city, and is on the east-central side of downtown.
- Texas Travel Information Center 9700 E. Interstate 40, ☎ +1 806 335-1441. One of several welcome centers statewide, with information, maps, pamphlets, restrooms, picnic tables, vending machines, and on-site Wi-Fi.
Tribute to a fallen comrade
Richard Douglas Husband (1957-2003), an Amarillo native and the namesake of the city's airport, was the commander of the space shuttle Columbia which disintegrated in the skies over Texas on 1 February 2003, killing him and his six crewmates.
- Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (IATA: AMA) 10801 Airport Blvd (2.5 miles northeast of I-40), ☎ +1 806 335-1671. Complimentary Wi-Fi, a gift shop, a restaurant, and 2 bars are available while in the terminal building. Airlines serving AMA include: American Eagle, Southwest, United Express, and ViaAir. Non-stop destinations include: Austin, Dallas (DFW and Love), Denver, Houston (IAH), Las Vegas, and Phoenix. Those renting cars at the airport can choose from Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Other transportation to and from AMA is available by taxi (9 providers), as well as Lyft and Uber. Some local hotels also provide shuttle service (call the local hotel to check for availability).
- Tradewind Airport (IATA: TDW) 4105 Tradewind St, ☎ +1 806 376-1008. General aviation airport close to (and south of) downtown, with FBO/services as well as a flight school on-site.
Amarillo is located on:
- Interstate 40 east of Albuquerque, New Mexico and west of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (There is no street naming of I-40 through the city.).
- Interstate 27 north of Lubbock, Texas (Also called Canyon Drive into the city, although locals may be heard calling it "Canyon Expressway" or "the E-way".).
- U.S. Highway 60 west-southwest of Pampa, Texas, and northeast of Clovis, New Mexico (Follows Amarillo Blvd. along the north and northeast side of the city, as well as Canyon Drive south of downtown. In the downtown area, it follows Buchanan Street northbound and Pierce Street southbound in a one-way pair.).
- U.S. Highway 87 south-southeast of Dalhart, Texas, and north of Lubbock, Texas (Follows Dumas Drive (although some locals may refer to it as "Dumas Expressway") north from downtown, as well as Canyon Drive south of downtown. In the downtown area, it follows Fillmore Street northbound and Pierce Street southbound in a one-way pair.).
- U.S. Highway 287 northwest of Childress, Texas, and south of Boise City, Oklahoma (Follows Dumas Drive north from downtown, as well as I-40 east of downtown. In the downtown area, it follows Buchanan Street northbound and Taylor Street southbound in a one-way pair.).
- Route 66 (officially was U.S. Highway 66), which passed through town east-west mainly along Amarillo Blvd. In a previous routing west of downtown, Route 66 followed SW 6th Avenue, Bushland Blvd., and SW 9th Avenue.
- Texas State Highway 136 south-southwest of Borger, Texas (Follows Panhandle Blvd. (although some locals may refer to it as "Fritch Highway") on the northeast side of the city.)
- Amarillo is also surrounded by Texas State Loop 335 (most will likely refer to it as simply "Loop 335"; it follows Hollywood Road along the city's south side, Soncy Road on the west side, St. Francis Ave. along the north, and Lakeside Drive on the east.).
Public transit is woefully inadequate, taxis are rare and expensive, cycle only if you have little regard for your life and want to share the road with truck drivers who aren't used to cyclists. Get a car.
The N-S avenues in central Amarillo are named for the presidents of the United States in order of when they served, from Washington just west of downtown through Cleveland to the east. Most of the E-W avenues are numbered, from N 24th through S 58th.
Old Route 66 crosses east to west through Amarillo, named Amarillo Boulevard. It passes just to the north of the airport, downtown, and the medical center, connecting US-60 on the east side with I-40 on the west side.
Loop 335 has been designated, but has not yet been developed into a limited access loop as in other cities. It comprises Soncy Road on the west (near Westgate Mall), St. Francis Avenue on the north, Hollywood Road on the south, and Lakeside Drive on the east (near the airport).
- Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren (on the Amarillo College Washington Street Campus). Gallery of Asian art plus a rotating selection of exhibits. On the third Thursday of each month is a special event with live music, hands-on art activities, film and free coffee. Admission is free anytime.
The socks are vandalism, the plaque a series of bold-face lies
- Cadillac Ranch, originally an eccentric roadside attraction placed by the art collective Ant Farm on the now decommissioned Route 66 it was moved and can now be found via a frontage road for I-40 just outside of Amarillo. You can see it from I-40; it will be on the southern side of the road. Park along the side of the road and walk about 100 yards to see ten old Cadillacs upended and half-buried in a cow pasture. Visitors are encouraged to spray-paint the cars; there are spray paint cans in a hole at the end of the formation. Surprisingly compelling. If you have GPS you can try using 35°11′14″N, 101°59′13.4″W to find it.
- Dynamite Museum, another art project. This one consists of psuedo-road signs, scattered among commercial and residential parts of Amarillo. They feature sayings and pictures that are seeming non-sequiturs.
- Ozymandias on the Plains, located just off the freeway south of town, this sculpture of two legs and the accompanying plaque is a takeoff on a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
- Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive (Harrington Medical Center Complex), ☎ +1 806-352-6513 (fax: +1 806-352-6227), . Tu-F 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. $4/3/2/Free (General/Seniors 60+/Children 4-12/Children under 4).
- The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, 2601 East I-40, ☎ 806-376-5181, . M-Sa 9AM-5PM. A hidden gem of Western art. Beautiful, larger-than-life bronze statues. Visitors can spend time reflecting outside at the newly renovated Wall of Honor Plaza, honoring and memorializing the horses. From the east, a light sculpture displays a herd of running American Quarter Horses; from the west, granite bricks preserve and pay tribute to the people and horses meaningful to generous donors. The Hegel Stables section of the museum houses a variety of interactive exhibits. Take a look at the inner workings with an X-ray-style exhibit. In the Experienced Eye Theater, different disciplines are shown. Following the historical timeline, journey through the news-worthy events happening concurrently as the Hall of Fame inductees were influencing history. Glass cases house artifacts, attire, tack, photos and many more interesting pieces from each inductee's life. Adults $6, seniors $5, children (6-18) $2, nder 5 free.
- AirU Amarillo 5461 McKenna Square (near Soncy @ Town Square Blvd), ☎ +1 806 513-2478. Indoor fun park with trampol ne/foam jumping, trampoline dodgeball and basketball, and a ninja-ropes course area. Includes on-site snack bar area.
- Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, ☎ Info: +1 806 378-4297, Box office: +1 806 378-3096. Multi-purpose convention and events center which includes: Grand Plaza ballroom, a 2300-seat Auditorium (for concerts, lectures, and other events), Cal Farley Coliseum (which has hosted rodeos, sporting events, concerts, and other events; is home to the Amarillo Venom (a pro indoor football team), the Amarillo Bulls (an NAHL hockey team), and FC Amarillo (a soccer team)) with almost 5000 seats, as well as other exhibit and meeting rooms.
- Cinemark Hollywood 16 9100 Canyon Dr (I-27, exit #116), ☎ +1 806 352-7411. 16-screen theater, with first-run movies. Seating areas include reclining lounge chairs.
- Cinergy Amarillo 9201 Cinergy Square (near Soncy @ Town Square Blvd), ☎ +1 806 414-3600. Entertainment complex with 10 movie screens (with in-movie dining/drinks and reclining seats that have adjustable trays), bowling, laser tag, ropes course area, and a games arcade with over 100 different games.
- Comanche Trail Golf Course 4200 S. Grand, ☎ +1 806 378-4281. October-March: daily, 8:00 am-dusk; April-September: daily, 7:00 am-dusk (not open Thanksgiving & Christmas). There are 2 18-hole Scottish-style courses, Tomahawk and Arrowhead; also on-site driving range and practice greens. Pro shop with golf equipment and clothing available.
- Craft House (Facebook page) 3436 S. Western, ☎ +1 806 341-5909. Hours vary, sessions are posted on website or Facebook page in advance. Crafting venue with leather working, concrete, and wood crafts, as well as jewelry or home decor, available for you to customize to your style. Self-paced, or they can guide you. BYOB, if you like.
- Dick Bivins Stadium 800 S. Marrs, near SE 10th Ave (adjacent to Tri-State Fairgrounds), ☎ +1 806 326-2001. Seats 15,000. Primary venue for home games of Amarillo ISD's high school football teams; also hosts track meets.
- Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Buchanan (across from Amarillo Civic Center (is part of the Civic Center complex)), ☎ Info: +1 806 378-4297, Box office: +1 806 378-3096. Concert hall with 1300 seats. Local venue for Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony, and Lone Star Ballet. Other events and concerts take place throughout the year.
- Hodgetown Stadium 715 S. Buchanan, ☎ +1 806 803-7762. Venue for Amarillo's minor-league AA baseball team, the Sod Poodles (a farm team for the San Diego Padres). Baseball season is from early April-early September, with 70 games at home. The stadium is also equipped to host other outdoor events, including concerts.
- Lights Off Golf 7701 W. Interstate 40 (inside Westgate Mall), ☎ +1 806 331-3363. Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm. Indoor glow-in-the-dark mini-golf in a mall storefront space.
- Ross Rogers Golf Course 722 NW 24th Ave (US-87/US-287, exit NE 24th), ☎ +1 806 378-3086. October-March: daily, 8:00 am-dusk; April-September: daily, 7:00 am-dusk (not open Thanksgiving & Christmas). There are 2 18-hole courses, WildHorse and Mustang; also on-site driving range and practice green. Pro shop with golf equipment and clothing available.
- Route 66 Motor Speedway 4101 TX-335 Loop (1 1/2 miles south of I-40 on Lakeside), ☎ +1 806 383-7223. Seats 4000. Oval track, 3/8 mile clay with high banking. Races take place April-October.
- Tascosa Drive-In 1999 Dumas Dr (US-87/US-287, exit NE 24th), ☎ +1 806 383-3882. Friday-Sunday, Gate: 6:30 pm, Movie: 7:30 pm. Single-screen drive-in, showing a nightly double-feature each weekend. Only operating drive-in theater in the city.
- Wonderland Park 2601 Dumas Dr (US-87/US-287, exit NE 24th), ☎ +1 806 383-3344. Open early-April to early-September, various hours and days. 4 roller coasters (including the double-loop Texas Tornado), 4 water-based rides, merry-go-round, circular train, midway games, arcade, bumper cars, mini-golf, ferris wheel, and others. Food trucks come to the park every Friday during July and August.
- Amarillo's Route 66 Celebration At various parts of downtown, as well as SW 6th Ave, between Georgia and Western, ☎ +1 806 679-3134. Yearly, in late June. A Thursday-Saturday event, with community market, art fair, swap meet, food trucks, antique shows, concerts, plus fireworks.
- Tri-State Fair & Rodeo 3301 SE 10th Ave (Tri-State Fairgrounds), ☎ +1 806 376-7767. Yearly, in mid-to-late September. Thousands attend this week+ long event. PRCA rodeo with livestock and horse shows, rides, midway games, exhibits, concerts, plus more.
- Van Buren Frightmare 816 S. Van Buren (just west of downtown, at the AAYC (Amarillo Activity Youth Center)), ☎ +1 806 373-2292. Each Friday and Saturday in October, until Halloween week, then every night through Halloween night. Volunteer-run haunted house, with proceeds going to charity.
- Will Rogers Range Riders Rodeo South Loop 335 at South Washington St (FM 1541), ☎ +1 806 622-2102. Yearly, in late June-early July. A Friday-Sunday event hosted by a local long-time riding club. Each night begins with a junior rodeo event, followed by the main rodeo competition. A rodeo queen and princess are also crowned.
- Amarillo Independent School District 7200 W. Interstate 40, ☎ +1 806 326-1000. Primary and secondary learning in the immediate area comes from this district, which is made up of 37 elementary schools, 3 intermediate schools, 9 middle schools, and 4 high schools. The reach of the district is just within the city limits of Amarillo, but not all over the city, and mostly within Loop 335. (Some parts of Amarillo are part of other neighboring school districts, including Bushland, River Road, Highland Park, and Canyon ISD.)
- Amarillo College 2201 S. Washington, ☎ +1 806 371-5000. 2-year community college, with 6 area campuses (Main campus on Washington St., downtown, East, West, Moore County (Dumas), and Hereford). Is home to KACV-FM, a public college radio station, and KACV-TV, the local PBS station.
- West Texas A&M University - Amarillo Center 720 S. Tyler, ☎ +1 806 651-8200. Downtown Amarillo campus of the university, located in a converted department store building. The main campus is located just south of the city, in Canyon.
Many regional and national chain retailers have stores in the city, as well as local stores.
- Cavender's Boot City 7920 W. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #65 (Coulter Dr); on the westbound service road across from Westgate Mall), ☎ +1 806 358-1400. Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm. Authentic West Texas attire can be found at this famous Texas retail chain, which offers boots, hats, belt buckles, jeans, jewelry, and a variety of other Western apparel.
- Historic Route 66 District SW 6th Ave (between Western St and Georgia St). Art, street fairs, theaters, and lots of shopping; this downtown district offers a look into old Route 66 along with lots of boutiques and stores to browse through. In the San Jacinto neighborhood west of downtown.
- Oliver Saddle Shop 3016 Plains Blvd, ☎ +1 806 372-7562. Monday-Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Over a century in business. Saddles made in-house (or sometimes pre-owned saddles available), plus tack, spurs, chaps, and accessories. Some apparel available, as well as leather goods including wallets. Orders for new custom saddles can take several months, but they are handmade.
- Palo Duro Indian Trading Co., 2801 E. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #72A), ☎ +1 806 374-4364. Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 1:30 pm-5:30 pm, Saturday 10:30 am-6:00 pm. Store has rugs, baskets, pottery, and more Native items; plus jewelry, antiques, and unique gifts.
- Unique Toys of Amarillo 7820 Hillside Rd, ☎ +1 806 418-6186. Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Fun and interesting toys and gifts, including games, puzzles, educational toys, and more.
- Westgate Mall 7701 W. Interstate 40 (exit Coulter (#65) or Soncy (#64)), ☎ +1 806 358-7221. Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm (individual store hours and holiday hours may vary). Single-level enclosed mall with established chain stores and a food court. Anchors include Bealls, Dillard's, and JCPenney. Several shopping strips are also near the mall.
If you need cash during your time in Amarillo, there are several ATMs and banks that are available, including:
- Bank of America 3440 Bell St, ☎ +1 806 359-3131. Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-12:00 pm. There are 3 Bank of America branches and 5 ATMs in the city.
- Chase 5805 W. Interstate 40, ☎ +1 806 353-8710. Lobby and Motor Bank: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm. This is the sole Chase branch in the city, but it does have 2 on-site ATMs.
- Happy State Bank 1000 S. Buchanan, ☎ +1 806 372-2265. Lobby: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-4:00 pm; Motor Bank: Monday-Friday 7:30 am-6:00 pm. There are 9 Happy State Bank branches and 38 ATMs in the city.
- Woodforest National Bank 4610 S. Coulter, ☎ +1 806 352-9012. Monday-Friday 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. Branch inside a Walmart store with no motor bank. ATM is inside store adjacent to the branch. This Walmart is open 24 hours, so the ATM is always accessible. One other Woodforest branch in the city is inside a Walmart at 3700 E. Interstate 40; it also has an ATM.
There are many chain eateries represented in the city, with several local options also. Lots of cuisines to choose from, including bakeries, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Thai, diners, fast food, and Vietnamese.
- Belmar Bakery & Cafe 3325 Bell St, ☎ +1 806 355-0141. Monday-Saturday 7:00 am-6:00 pm. Long-time local bakery, with 5+ decades of experience. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, pastries, and cobblers are just part of the bakery menu, while the cafe serves breakfast (cinnamon rolls, eggs, pancakes, croissants, breakfast burritos/sandwiches, and much more) and lunch (sandwiches, salads, soups, quiches, and more).
Night view of The Big Texan
- Big Texan Steak Ranch 7701 E. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #75), ☎ +1 806 372-6000. Restaurant hours: 7:00 am-10:30 pm. Always a big attraction in the city, the Big Texan was originally part of the Route 66 landscape until the arrival of I-40, then it moved to its current site. Restaurant is home of the 72-ounce (4 1/2 pounds!) steak dinner challenge (free if the whole meal is eaten in an hour--thousands have tried, about 20% have succeeded)--besides that, there's a full menu. Breakfast (7:00 am-11:00 am) includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, or go a-la-carte with steak, eggs, skillet potatoes, biscuits, french toast, and more. Lunch (11:00 am-4:00 pm) and dinner (until 10:30 pm) has more than steaks, there's chicken, seafood, barbecue, burgers, veggie sides, and some "interesting" appetizers. On-site brewery (with 11 in-house beers) and bar, gift shop with all kinds of tourist goodies, 54-room motel with Western facade and Texas-shaped pool, and even a horse stable if horses are along for the ride.
- Calico County 2410 Paramount Blvd, ☎ +1 806 358-7664. Monday-Saturday 7:00 am-9:00pm, Sunday 7:00 am-3:00 pm. Breakfast/lunch/dinner menu, with all-homestyle choices, like chicken fried steak, burgers, sandwiches, veggies, soups, and much more. Breakfast menu (including eggs, omelets, biscuits, sausage, pancakes, waffles, grits, and more) available all day.
- The Donut Stop 1905 S. Georgia (I-40, exit #68B), ☎ +1 806 352-1362. Monday-Saturday 5:30 am-1:00 pm, Sunday 6:00 am-1:00 pm. Glazed/cake donuts, cinnamon rolls, fritters, and more. Long-time local favorite, with 6 area locations.
- Golden Light Cafe & Cantina 2906 SW 6th Ave, ☎ +1 806 374-9237. Cafe hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am-5:00 pm; Cantina hours: Thursday-Saturday 7:00 pm-2:00 am. Burgers, sandwiches, plus specials. Regularly-scheduled live music. Open over 7 decades in the same spot.
- La Frontera1401 S. Arthur (just east of downtown), ☎ +1 806 372-4593. Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 am-8:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 10:00-3:00 am, Sunday 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Long-time local Tex-Mex favorite, serving the area for over 3 decades.
- Malcolm's Ice Cream & Food Temptations 2100 Paramount Blvd, ☎ +1 806 355-3892. Sunday & Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Monday 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 10:00 am-10:00 pm. Retro diner atmosphere and nostalgic decor, served with burgers, sandwiches, and dessert favorites like ice cream, frozen yogurt, malts/shakes, sundaes, hot fudge cake, and more.
- Scratch Made Bakery & Brunchery 118 SW 6th Ave, ☎ +1 806 731-4477. Tuesday-Friday 10:30 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-2:00 pm and 10:00 pm-2:00 am. Fresh-baked cookies, cupcakes, macarons, and cakes. Weekday brunch (Tuesday-Friday 10:30 am-2:00 pm) and Saturday brunch (9:00 am-2:00 pm) includes eggs, potatoes, biscuits, quiches, hotcakes, waffles, cinnamon rolls, and mimosas. "Brunken" on Saturday nights (10:00 pm-2:00 am) with a revolving menu that includes biscuits, crepes, french toast, pancakes, hash browns, and more.
- Six Car Pub & Brewery 625 S. Polk, ☎ +1 806 576-3396. Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00 am-12:00 am, Sunday 11:00 am-2:00 pm (Happy hour: Tuesday-Friday 4:00 pm-6:00 pm). Brunch, lunch, and dinner menus (including steak, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and desserts), all with locally-sourced ingredients. On-site brewery with 11 different locally-made beers. Indoor dining on 2 levels, or choose to dine/drink on the rooftop, for a great middle-of-the-skyline view of the center city.
- Yellow City Street Food 2916 Wolflin Ave, ☎ +1 806 353-9273. Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-2:00 pm and 5:30 pm-8:30 pm, Saturday 11:00 am-8:30 pm. Local chef prepares burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. In-house craft beer, plus monthly "tap takeover" where another brewery shares their creations. Weekend brunch.
The main nightlife district in Amarillo is South Polk Street downtown, between 7th and 8th Avenues.
- Crush Wine Bar & Deli, 701 S Polk St, ☎ (806) 418-2011. A chic wine bar and deli that is cozy and friendly enough to spend hours of time eating and drinking
- Golden Light Cafe, 2908 W. 6th Ave, ☎ 806/374-9237. Known as a Route 66 landmark, go here for great BBQ and country western music.
- Bodegas, 709 S. Polk St, ☎ 806/378-5790. Stylish wine and jazz club.
- Butlers, 703 S Polk St, ☎ (806) 376-8180. Music venue known for it's martinis and other mixed drinks
There are numerous choices of accomodation in Amarillo, many are new or recent. They include:
- Comfort Suites 6318 Ventura Dr (I-27, exit #116), ☎ +1 806 353-5100. checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 70 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, business center, fitness center, in-room microwave and mini-refrigerator, coin laundry, indoor pool/hot tub/sauna, in-room ceiling fans.
- Holiday Inn Express - South 6701 Hollywood Rd (I-27, exit #116), ☎ +1 806 352-1900. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 68 rooms, 23 suites. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Wi-Fi available. Complimentary breakfast and lobby coffee, indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, coin laundry.
- Motel 6 8601 Canyon Dr (I-27, exit #116), ☎ +1 806 468-7100. checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 63 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary lobby coffee (mornings), complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor pool/hot tub, in-room mini-refrigerator (may have microwaves also--ask hotel), coin laundry.
- Amarillo KOA 1100 Folsom Rd, ☎ +1 806 335-1792, or for bookings: +1 800 562-3431. checkin: RV or tent spaces, 1:00 pm; Cabin/lodge, 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. Choice of camping in a tent, cabin, lodge, or RV space. On-site general store/gift shop, complimentary Wi-Fi, fenced dog park, outdoor pool (late May-late September), playground, and cable TV. Propane filling available.
- Big Texan RV Ranch 1414 Sunrise Dr (I-40, exit #74), (toll free: ☎ +1 866 244-7447). checkout: 11:00 am. Across from Starlight Ranch Event Center. Mostly RV spots, but a few tent spaces are available. Complimentary coffee/donuts, indoor pool/hot tub/sauna, coin laundry, showers, Wi-Fi, on-site gift shop, patio with grills, children's playground, 3 fenced dog run areas, cable TV. Nightly and extended rates available..
- Candlewood Suites - Western Crossing 18 Western Plaza Dr (I-40, exit #67), ☎ +1 806 418-2661. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 96 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. business center, wired/wireless internet available, in-room kitchen (with refrigerator, cook top, dishwasher, microwave, and more), fitness center, coin laundry, outdoor grill/gazebo area.
- Comfort Inn & Suites 2300 S. Soncy Rd (I-40, exit #64), ☎ +1 806 457-9100. checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 71 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor pool/hot tub, business center, fitness center, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator, in-room ceiling fans, coin laundry.
- Comfort Suites 12 Western Plaza Dr (I-40, exit #67), ☎ +1 806 367-8880. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. 109 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool/hot tub, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator, complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, business center.
- Country Inn & Suites by Radisson 2000 S. Soncy Rd (I-40, exit #64), ☎ +1 806 356-9977. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 80 rooms. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, business center, indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, coin laundry, complimentary lobby coffee/cookies/candy, books to lend from hotel library.
- Courtyard by Marriott - West/Medical Center 8006 W. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #64), ☎ +1 806 467-8954. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. 89 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Wi-Fi available, indoor pool, coin laundry, fitness center, in-room mini refrigerator. The Bistro, on-site dining area for breakfast and dinner, plus Starbucks drinks, beer, and wine.
- Days Inn by Wyndham - East 1701 E. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #71), ☎ +1 806 379-6255. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 119 rooms. Complimentary airport shuttle, complimentary breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, business center, in-room coffee/tea maker, fitness center, outdoor pool.
- Drury Inn & Suites 8540 W. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #64), ☎ +1 806 351-1111. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 163 rooms. Complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, fitness center, indoor pool/hot tub, coin laundry, complimentary evening reception.
- Fairfield Inn & Suites - Airport 1740 Airport Blvd (I-40, exit #76), ☎ +1 806 322-6777. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 pm. 55 rooms, 24 suites. Closest Amarillo hotel to airport. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary airport shuttle, complimentary breakfast, coin laundry, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator, fitness room.
- Hampton Inn & Suites - East 7777 E. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #75), ☎ +1 806 418-2000. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 127 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. 5 miles from Amarillo airport. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary lobby coffee/tea, in-room microwave and mini-refrigerator, fitness center, indoor pool/hot tub, business center, coin laundry, on-site electric car charging station, complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Hampton Inn & Suites - West 6901 W. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #65), ☎ +1 806 467-9997. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 64 rooms. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, coin laundry, business center, in-room coffee/tea maker, microwave and mini-refrigerator (in suites only).
- Holiday Inn - East 7799 E. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #75), ☎ +1 806 803-9977. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 120 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. 66 Restaurant & Bar on-site. Complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary lobby coffee, business center, indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator, coin laundry.
- Holiday Inn - West/Medical Center 8231 W. Amarillo Blvd, ☎ +1 806 322-4777. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 151 rooms, 4 suites. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Flame Grill restaurant/bar on-site, room service available nightly 5:00 pm-10:00 pm. Indoor pool/hot tub and sauna, fitness center, business center, complimentary lobby coffee, coin laundry, wireless internet available, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator.
- Holiday Inn Express 2806 Wolflin Ave (I-40, exit #68B), ☎ +1 806 322-3050. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. 90 rooms, 24 suites. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary lobby coffee, indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, business center, wireless internet available, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator.
- Holiday Inn Express - East 9401 E. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #76), ☎ +1 806 335-2500. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 69 rooms, 22 suites. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Close to Amarillo airport. Indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator, complimentary breakfast, complimentary lobby coffee, business center.
- Holiday Inn Express - West 8330 W. Amarillo Blvd, ☎ +1 806 418-2505. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. 128 rooms, 34 suites. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Wireless internet available, complimentary breakfast, complimentary lobby coffee, compimentary evening reception (4 times weekly), indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, business center, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator.
- Home2 Suites by Hilton 8251 W. Amarillo Blvd, ☎ +1 806 803-7777. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 92 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor salt-water pool, business center, coin laundry, fitness room, in-room kitchen area (with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and more), on-site electric car charging station.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton 8800 W. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #64), ☎ +1 806 355-2222. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. 92 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, evening manager's reception, complimentary lobby coffee/tea, outdoor grill/patio/fireplace area, grocery shopping service available, business center, in-room kitchen (with refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and more), on-site outdoor basketball court, in-room ceiling fans, outdoor pool/hot tub, coin laundry.
- Residence Inn by Marriott 6700 W. Interstate 40 (I-40, exit #66), ☎ +1 806 354-2978. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. 78 suites. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, coin laundry, grocery shopping service, grill/picnic area, full in-room kitchens (with refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, dishwasher, and more), outdoor sport court, fitness center, indoor pool/hot tub, pets allowed.
- SpringHill Suites by Marriott 2301 Cinema Dr (I-40, exit #64), ☎ +1 806 381-3400. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. 102 rooms. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary breakfast, on-site Helios bar, lobby-area coffee/tea, coin laundry, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini refrigerator, fitness center, complimentary wireless internet, business center, outdoor pool.
- Staybridge Suites - Western Crossing 36 Western Plaza Dr (I-40, exit #67), ☎ +1 806 367-9660. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 97 rooms. Indoor salt-water pool/hot tub, wireless internet available, full kitchen in room, complimentary breakfast, evening reception (3 times weekly), coin laundry, fitness center, business center.
- Tru by Hilton - West 2202 S. Soncy Rd (I-40, exit #64), ☎ +1 806 803-7202. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. 94 rooms. Modern colorful design. Complimentary breakfast, on-site bar, pool table and other games in lobby area, complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, business center, coin laundry, in-room mini-refrigerator.
- Courtyard by Marriott 724 S. Polk, ☎ +1 806 553-4500. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. Hotel is in a restored historic office building, with 81 guest rooms and 26 suites. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Wi-Fi available, on-site parking ($12/night), coin-operated laundry, fitness center, in-room mini refrigerator. The Bistro, on-site dining area for breakfast and dinner, plus Starbucks drinks, beer, and wine.
- Embassy Suites by Hilton 550 S. Buchanan, ☎ +1 806 803-5500. checkin: 4:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 226-room hotel opened in 2017. Directly across from Amarillo Civic Center and new baseball stadium. Non-smoking throughout hotel. 1887 Social House restaurant in hotel, with American cuisine. Indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, dry sauna, adjacent garage parking ($7/night), complimentary breakfast, on-site bar, electric car charging available, complimentary evening reception.
As with any area, it is good to be aware of your surroundings. Although the Route 66 path through Amarillo is a draw for visitors, part of its path through town included Amarillo Boulevard. In the decades since I-40 bypassed it, the part of Amarillo Blvd. from the center of town to the east has not been the safest area to dwell in at night. Be aware there during the day, but other parts of town are better at night. LGBT people face attitudes that are hostile here. The Panhandle takes a conservative stance on homosexuality and is not LGBT friendly. Public displays of affection are frowned upon. Violence on rare occasions happen towards LGBT and police turn a blind eye to violence towards the amount of LGBT or are complicit. Also businesses are not LGBT friendly you will be refused service. LGBT should stay out of Amarillo and the Panhandle. Another thing to be aware of in the Amarillo area are certain insects and critters; specifics to watch for in the city and surroundings include tarantulas, brown recluse spiders, stinging scorpions, and rattlesnakes. For those who will be in or through Amarillo in wintertime, make sure you have adequate winter clothing, as it can get cold and snowy then, with potentially bitterly cold wind chill values. If driving, you may need additional items such as tire chains/cables or cat litter for adequate traction in inclement weather. The wind in the Amarillo area can get gusty at times throughout the year, which can lead to stiff crosswinds felt while driving, especially if you are on a bridge or overpass, so make sure you are attentive to your steering during those times.
Several religious denominations are represented in the Amarillo area, including Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist, as well as other congregations.
There are several workout and yoga centers in the area, which include:
- CrossFit 806 3901 Plains Blvd, ☎ +1 806 686-0620. Gym that centers on strength/conditioning, with a choice of personal instruction or group classes. Sessions 3 times daily (early, mid-morning, afternoon), and also weekend sessions.
- Crunch Fitness 2020 S. Georgia, ☎ +1 806 358-0706. Monday-Friday 5:00 am-11:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 7:00 am-9:00 pm ('Kid's Crunch' hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-1:00 pm and 4:00 pm-8:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm-6:00 pm). Resistance and free-weight equipment. Personal and circuit training available. Several different classes per day, including boxing, barre, cardio, yoga, and Zumba. Hydromassage and tanning on-site.
- Flow Yoga & Pilates 2832 Wolflin Ave, ☎ +1 806 681-1917. daily, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Workouts and sessions from beginning to more advanced are available, with a broad array of pilates equipment.
- Gold's Gym 3000 Blackburn, ☎ +1 806 359-5438. Monday-Thursday 4:00 am-11:00 pm, Friday 4:00 am-10:00 pm, Saturday 6:00 am-7:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am-7:00 pm. Cardio, resistance, and free-weight equipment; pool; numerous daily classes; on-site smoothie bar.
- Planet Fitness 3801 Olsen Blvd, ☎ +1 806 358-8000. daily, 24 hours. Many equipment choices, plus classes, massage chairs, tanning, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Yoga Mat Amarillo 1942 Civic Circle, ☎ +1 806 322-3663. Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:00 am-8:30 pm, Tuesday 7:00 am-8:30 pm, Thursday 6:45 am-8:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am-2:30 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-12:30 pm & 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Several different levels of yoga, with several times/sessions each day.
Most of the hospitals and specialty clinics in Amarillo are on the city's west side.
- Amarillo Public Library 413 SE 4th, ☎ +1 806 378-3054. Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm. Computer lab with internet, ESL classes, and other services are available at the library. Regularly-scheduled activities take place at all branches. (Other branches: Southwest (6801 SW 45th), East (2232 SE 27th), North (1500 NE 24th), and Northwest (6100 SW 9th))
- CVS 2012 S. Washington, ☎ +1 806 379-6191. Monday-Friday 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm (hours apply only to pharmacy). This is one of 5 CVS locations in the city.
- Drug Emporium 4210 SW 45th, ☎ +1 806 358-6228. Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm.
- Market Street 2530 S. Georgia, ☎ +1 806 468-9911. Monday-Friday 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm-6:00 pm (hours apply only to pharmacy). Regional chain grocery with on-site pharmacy.
- United Supermarket 5807 SW 45th, ☎ +1 806 353-7201. daily, 24 hours. Regional chain grocery with on-site pharmacy. This is one of 6 United store locations in the city.
- Walgreens 3320 Bell St, ☎ +1 806 468-6150. daily, 24 hours. Store and pharmacy open all the time, including holidays. This is one of 8 Walgreens locations in the city.
- Walmart 4610 S. Coulter, ☎ +1 806 353-9554. Monday-Friday 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 pm-6:00 pm (hours apply only to pharmacy). Main store open 24 hours. This is one of 7 Walmart locations in the city, and all have pharmacies.
- Canyon, 16 miles south on I-27/US-60/US-87, is home to Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (2503 4th Ave, ☎ +1 806 651-2244. Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm),. the largest historical museum in Texas, located on the campus of West Texas A&M University. Go east on TX-217 for 14 miles to Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the U.S. The canyon is roughly 120 miles long and has an average width of 6 miles, but reaches a width of 20 miles at places, an a maximum depth of 800 feet.
- A taste of the Old West can be found with Cowgirls & Cowboys in the West (19100 FM-1258 (30 minutes from Amarillo), ☎ +1 806 672-9256). There are 2 ranch venues: Los Cedros Ranch, which offers 1-, 2-, and 3-hour horseback rides near or along the north rim of Palo Duro Canyon; and Longhorn Ranch/Doves Rest Resort (near the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park), which hosts outdoor chuck-wagon-style morning breakfast/brunch, or evening dinner. The chuck-wagon meals include musical entertainment and a local history narrative. Either venue requires advance reservations.
- On the way to Fritch (36 miles northeast on TX-136), is the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument ( (Turn left at Cas Johnson Road, a brown guide sign will point to the turn. After 3 miles, take right split at Alibates Monument sign. After 2 miles, the park Visitor Center will be on the right.), ☎ +1 806 857-6680. daily (except New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas), 9:00 am-4:00 pm). This area was a place where Natives sourced flint, a valuable mineral in their daily life, for thousands of years. A visitor center with displays and gift items is on-site. Guided tours of the area with a Park Ranger are available by appointment. Another feature that can been seen there are several petroglyphs etched by Natives on dolomite rock formations. A bit farther north off TX-136 is the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, along the shore of Lake Meredith, and adjacent to the town of Fritch. Many activities can be enjoyed at the lake, including boating, fishing, camping, picnic areas, as well as hike, bike, and 4-wheel trails.
- In Goodnight (40 miles southeast on US-287), is the Charles Goodnight Historical Center 4989 County Rd 25, Claude (Go SE of Amarillo and Claude to Goodnight, then right on CR 25, the Historical Center will be on the right), ☎ +1 806 944-5591. Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Site of the restored ranch house lived in by Goodnight and his wife. It was restored several years ago to its appearance as it would have looked in the late 1880s. Descriptive videos and displays can be seen while touring the home. Outside, in an adjacent pasture, are a descendant herd of bison from the original Southern Plains herd of Goodnight's time.
- In Panhandle (32 miles northeast on US-60), is the Carson County Square House Museum (503 Elsie St. (TX-207, at E. Fifth St), ☎ +1 806 537-3524). Indoor/outdoor displays of local historic early pioneer and railroad artifacts, based in an old restored home.
- Tracing the path of Route 66 east or west from the city leads to bypassed towns and historic places. Watch for signs like or for the way off the interstate. Going east, there is Conway (25 miles east), Groom (42 miles east), McLean (73 miles east), and Shamrock (93 miles east). Going west, there is Vega (34 miles west), Adrian (48 miles west) which claims to be the mid-point of Route 66, and the ghost town of Glenrio (70 miles west).
- For those wanting more Cadillac Ranch-style outdoor art, there is Combine City (FM 1151 near Whitaker Rd, SE of Amarillo; GPS users try: 35°05'29.8"N, 101°45'59.8"W (35.0916, -101.7666)) which has 12 different wheat combines partially buried at an angle similar to that of Cadillac Ranch. The site is fenced, so the combines can only be admired or photographed from the road, no spray-painting or trespassing. Another version east of Amarillo is VW Slug Bug Ranch (in Conway, I-40 (exit #96) at TX 207 (south side of interstate, west of TX 207 on service road, between 2 motels); GPS users try: 35°12'55.8"N, 101°23'01.3"W (35.2155, -101.3837)), which has 5 partially buried Volkswagen Beetles alongside the service road. The cars are accessible and have been spray painted, like the Cadillac Ranch cars.
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