On your journey to a ski destination in Colorado or New Mexico? Nestled along the route to sought-after ski resorts, Amarillo, Texas, isn't just a place to rest; it's the perfect addition to your trip. With unique attractions and a captivating blend of culture, cuisine, and natural beauty, Amarillo is more than an overnight stay; it's a part of your vacation. Plan to spend an extra day or two in Amarillo to discover all it has to offer.
Jump through the blog:
- Amarillo Must-See Attractions
- Amarillo Arts & Culture
- Where to Stay in Amarillo
- Amarillo Dining
- Where to Shop in Amarillo
- Road Conditions Resources
Amarillo: More Than a Pit Stop
Amarillo, Texas, has a rich history and culture waiting to be discovered. As you make your trip, take a moment to delve into the roots of this Texan city. Stay with us and discover everything else that is authentically Amarillo.
Amarillo's Must-See Attractions
Cadillac Ranch: An Art Installation Like No Other
Ten Cadillacs buried nose-first in a field to create an ever-evolving canvas for graffiti artists and curious travelers alike. Leave your mark with spray paint or simply marvel at this eccentric piece of roadside art.
The Big Texan Steak Ranch: A Texas-Sized Dining Experience
The Big Texan Steak Ranch isn't just a place to eat, it's an experience. Known for its 72-ounce steak challenge, this iconic restaurant serves up hearty Texan cuisine in a lively atmosphere.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park: The Grand Canyon of Texas
For nature enthusiasts, a visit to Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a must. Often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Texas," this stunning geological wonder offers hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Don't let the cool temps scare you; you can view over 16 miles of PDC by car on the paved scenic drive.
Route 66 in Amarillo
The official Route 66 Historic District in Amarillo is located on 6th Ave. between Georgia & Western Streets. In the district, visitors will find over one mile of art galleries, antique shops, collectible stores, craft and specialty shops, restaurants and bars. Not only was Route 66 the Mother Road of America, but this district was one of the first residential and business districts in Amarillo.
Amarillo Arts & Culture
To see our talented local actors light up the stage, catch a show at the Amarillo Little Theatre, one of the country's oldest continuously operating community theaters. If you're looking for a sophisticated night out on the town, the gorgeous Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts is the place to be. The perfectly tuned venue hosts performances by the Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Opera, and the Lone Star Ballet so you can add a little Gershwin or Mozart to your ski trip.
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Visiting the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is like stepping into the rich tapestry of Texas history. Enjoy the largest history museum in Texas and its vast and diverse collection of art and artifacts.
Arts in the Sunset
Arts in the Sunset is a vibrant hub for creativity and expression. This stunning space features galleries, studios, outdoor sculptures, and more.
Amarillo Museum of Art
Amarillo Museum of Art showcases a diverse collection of contemporary and Southwestern art by world-renowned artists and gives you a glimpse into the region's artistic expression and creativity.
Bill's Backyard Classics
At Bill's Backyard Classics, you can expect to immerse yourself in a fantastic collection of classic cars and experience a nostalgic journey through automotive history.
Jack Sisemore's RV Museum
Explore the fascinating world of RVs at Jack Sisemore's RV Museum. This unique attraction is home to vintage and unique RV, best of all, it's completely free to the public.
Amarillo is a canvas of creativity decorated with inspiring murals that breathe life into the city's streets. As you explore the town and Downtown Amarillo, don't miss the chance to stop and admire these stunning works of art. Each piece offers a glimpse into Amarillo's culture and art, from vibrant street art that tells the city's story to thought-provoking, larger-than-life murals.
Where to Stay in Amarillo
If you're cruising across the great big state of Texas, you'll need somewhere to kick your feet up for the night. Amarillo is just the place to do that, as our many hotels offer comfortable stays for any budget. Click here to view our hotel listings.
Dining in Amarillo
Texas-sized steaks, bursting burritos, and authentic Mexican are all on the menu here in Amarillo, so make sure to pack your appetite. Our local restaurants serve food from around the world, and only we tend to do things bigger and better than just about anywhere else.
As delicious as the steaks are, you'll find much more to sink your teeth into here. Indulge in authentic Mexican tacos, enchiladas, and more at El Tejavan or El Manatial. For breakfast, Girasol Bakery & Cafe is the perfect stop for baked goods and artfully prepared breakfast and lunch items.
Check out more delectable locally-owned dining options in Amarillo here.
Whether you're hunting for unique Western wear, antique treasures, or the latest fashion trends, you'll find a shopping experience that suits your taste. Spend the afternoon antiquing and exploring the quirky shops in the Historic Route 66 District. Shop the latest trends in Wolflin Square or visit From 6th Collective where they have Amarillo souvenirs and over 50 vendors all in one space.
Now that you've rested up in Amarillo, prepare for the journey ahead. Here are some helpful resources for checking New Mexico and Colorado road conditions.
State Department of Transportation Websites:
511 Travel Information:
If you find yourself stuck on the road call 511 for current information about travel conditions. This service is available nation-wide.