Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch

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

Understand

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 approximately 185,000 residents, 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.

Get in

By air

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.

By car

Amarillo is located on:

Get around

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).

See

The socks are vandalism, the plaque a series of bold-face lies

Do

Buy

Eat

The Big Texan Steakhouse

Drink

The main nightlife district in Amarillo is South Polk Street downtown, between 7th and 8th avenues

Sleep

Many new motels have been built recently along Interstate 40 on the city's west side.

Go next

Vega, 28 miles west, and some nearby ghost towns have a number of well-preserved Route 66 sites.

Routes through Amarillo

Clayton Dumas ends  N  S  Canyon Lubbock
Tucumcari Vega  W  E  Conway Oklahoma City
Clovis Canyon  W  E  Panhandle Enid
Boise City Dumas  N  S  Clarendon Wichita Falls
END  W  E  Fritch Borger
Tucumcari Vega  W  E  Conway Oklahoma City


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