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Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo, which means "yellow" in Spanish, is the center of the Texas Panhandle, located at the edge of the Great Plains. It 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!

It was 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.

Today, the city features excellent accommodations, a spacious convention/ civic center, symphony, ballet, little theater, opera, and is the home of Amarillo College.

Inquire locally about Big Texan Steak Ranch & Opry. Known nationwide for 72-oz. steak dinner offered free to anyone who can eat the entire meal in one hour. More than 35,000 people have taken the challenge and 7,000 have succeeded. Outstanding country/Western performances every Tues. 7700 I-40 at Lakeside.; open daily. Tel. 806/372-6000.

Silver Mesa Ranch offers visitors horseback rides, horse-drawn wagons, cowboy breakfasts or dinners, Old West gunfights, cabin rentals and more. On Hwt 217 just outside entrance to Palo Duro State Park.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Texas Travel Information Center

In the Heart of the Texas Panhandle on East Interstate Highway 40, one of the 12

Amarillo, TX Information Centers

Route 66 (Old San Jacinto)

Get your kicks on Route 66! Amarillo was the largest Texas city on Route 66, and many Route 66 fan clubs have sprung up all over the U.S. and the world. Look for the "Old Route 66"

Amarillo, TX Landmarks


Wonderland Amusement Park

One of Texas' largest privately owned amusement parks with more than 25 rides and 32

Amarillo, TX Amusement Parks

Helium Monument

Six Story stainless steel time column erected 1968 commemorates the unusual natural element found near here in world'

Amarillo, TX Monuments

Things to do near Amarillo, TX

Archer County Historical Museum

Frontier and pioneer items: dishes, pictures, ladies' high-top shoes, dairy and farm implements. Has map of county's historic...

Producers Livestock Auction Company

Livestock sold here include cattle, sheep and goats, making it one of the largest auctions in the state. ...

Perryton Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Lake Sweetwater Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Muleshoe Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...