Amarillo, Texas

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Nestled in the heart of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo beckons with a unique blend of Old West charm and modern vibrancy. Positioned along the iconic Route 66, this city invites you to “Step into the Real Texas.” With its charming blend of cowboy heritage and contemporary energy, Amarillo stands as a vibrant testament to the enduring spirit of Texas.

Amarillo Bucket List

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Amarillo, where vibrant culture, natural wonders, and a rich Western heritage converge. From iconic roadside attractions to the rugged beauty of Palo Duro Canyon, Amarillo offers a diverse range of experiences for every adventurer. As you traverse the city and its surroundings, check off these ten must-do activities on your bucket list. Get ready to leave your mark, explore canyons, savor local cuisine, and celebrate the upcoming centennial of Route 66. This is your guide (in no particular order) to the top destinations and activities that make Amarillo a one-of-a-kind city in the Lone Star State:

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1. Hike the Lighthouse Trail in Palo Duro Canyon:

Embark on a memorable hike through Palo Duro Canyon, exploring the breathtaking landscapes and reaching the iconic Lighthouse formation.

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2. Leave Your Mark at Cadillac Ranch:

Grab a can of spray paint and contribute to the ever-changing art at Cadillac Ranch, a unique and interactive roadside installation.

3. Step Back in Time on Route 66:

Walk the historic Route 66 Historic District, experiencing the nostalgia of the Mother Road. Plan to visit during the Texas Route 66 Festival to celebrate the upcoming centennial in 2026.

4. Immerse Yourself in Western Heritage:

Visit Cowgirls & Cowboys in the West for a true Western adventure. Most horseback riding attractions offer a typical nose-to-tail ride, but Cowgirls & Cowboys in the West offers authentic posse-style rides with real Cowboys and Cowgirls across thousands of acres of private Texas land located on the rim of stunning Palo Duro Canyon.

5. Discover the Quarter Horse Legacy:

Explore the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, learning about the history and impact of this iconic American breed.

6. Explore Iconic Vehicles at Jack Sisemore Museum:

Step into the fascinating world of RV history at the Jack Sisemore RV Museum, where a highlight awaits: the iconic RV featured in the movie “RV,” starring Robin Williams. 

7. Take a Private Glass Blowing Class at Blind Bird Designs:

Join skilled artisans as they guide you through the intricate process of shaping molten glass into exquisite forms. 

8. Experience Wonderland Amusement Park:

Enjoy a day of thrills and family fun at Wonderland Amusement Park, featuring rides, a water park, and classic carnival games.

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9. Embark on an Off-Road Thrill Ride with Palo Duro Jeep Tours:

Take an off-road adventure with Palo Duro Jeep Tours, exploring the rugged beauty and hidden gems of Palo Duro Canyon.

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10. Indulge in a Texas-Sized Meal at The Big Texan Steak Ranch:

Conclude your Amarillo adventure with a visit to The Big Texan Steak Ranch. Whether you take on the 72-ounce steak challenge or savor a hearty meal, it’s a true Texas dining experience.

See more things to do in Amarillo here.

Can’t Miss Events

Amarillo hosts an array of thrilling events throughout the year. As you explore this Texan gem, mark your calendar for these annual festivities that showcase the heart and soul of Amarillo.


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Texas Route 66 Festival

Route 66, the road that shaped America, is turning 100 years old in 2026! The annual Texas Route 66 Festival will kick off years of celebrations starting in 2023 leading up to the centennial of Historic Route 66. The next festival will be held June 6 – 15, 2024. The ten days will packed with events along the Texas route, including classic car shows, Texas Route 66 bus tours, cattle drives, parades, music festivals, and a grand finale festival on Amarillo’s Route 66 Historic District.


Hoodoo Mural Festival

Each year, Amarillo transforms into a living canvas during the Hoodoo Mural Festival. Muralists from around the world converge on downtown Amarillo to contribute new murals, turning the urban landscape into an art lover’s dream. The festival culminates in a vibrant celebration featuring performances by big-name music artists. Get ready to witness the city burst into colors and rhythms, reflecting the artistic spirit that defines Amarillo.

See the full list of annual events here.

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