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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

Don Harrington Discovery Center

In a 51-acre park with lake and picnic area, this center offers a variety of attractions. The center hosts a diverse collection of special exhibitions on physical, earth, and life sciences each summer. There are more than a 100

Amarillo, TX Activity Centers

Wildcat Bluff Nature Center

More than 600 acres of rolling grassland with nature trails, wildflowers, knee-high grasses and huge cottonwood trees. Outstanding place to see Texas Panhandle'

Amarillo, TX Nature Centers

Helium Monument

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

Amarillo, TX Monuments


Cadillac Ranch

"Bumper crop" of 10 Cadillacs buried nose down in field at same angle as Cheops' pyramids. Represents Golden Age of Automobiles from 1949 through 1963

Amarillo, TX Auto Collections

Things to do near Amarillo, TX

Isaac McCormick Pioneer Cottage

Restored home of area's first settler, built in 1899. Furnished in pioneer style displaying artifacts from 1890s. Inquire loc...

Parks

31 spacious, green parks featuring picnic facilities, playground equipment and swimming pools....

Elm Grove Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

Quicksand Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 4 days...

Country Club Of Dimmitt

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...