Located in the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo is considered a gateway city. It is thought to be named after the Spanish word for yellow because of its yellow wildflowers that grow throughout the spring and summer months. There are plenty of things to see and do including walking the trails of Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
The scenery of Amarillo takes visitors back to the Old West when the larger ranches in the city were settled. It is also the home of Spanish Revival and art deco buildings, giving the city a feel of many different time periods melding together to add to the fascinating charm.
Among the more popular attractions is the Cadillac Ranch, the US Route 66 Sixth Street Historic District, and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Many of the most famous eateries are still serving up steaks and burgers just as they were decades ago to traveling big bands and other passersby.
The Cadillac Ranch is viewable from the road and features 10 graffiti decorated cars stuck vertically in the ground. This sight transitions nicely for those who want to take a mile-long trip down the original remains of Route 66. There are shops, restaurants, and antique stores. The Golden Light CafÃ© is there still serving world-famous hamburgers.
Wonderland Park makes for an exciting day for the whole family. The rides there is the perfect delight for kids as are the rock formations everyone will be amazed at when hiking Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
Be sure to bring a bib to wear during your many Texas BBQ meals and prepare yourself before you douse it with Tascosa hot sauce. From adventure at amusement parks to marveling at natural rock creations just above the canyons to lazy strolls through shops and museums, Amarillo is a destination that will please anyone.