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Amarillo, TX

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Mother Road Route 66 Sign

Mother Road Route 66 Sign

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Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon

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Big Texan Steak Ranch

Big Texan Steak Ranch

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Historic Route 66 runs through the heart of Amarillo, the cultural and commercial capital of the Texas Panhandle. From humble beginnings as a railroad staging area in the 1880s, the city exploded with oil production, cattle ranching, wheat and cotton farming, to become a thriving metropolis of 196,000 today.Amarillo proudly shares her Western heritage with the world in places like the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, but her culture has expanded to include the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, and the Amarillo Museum of Art.As the gateway to Palo Duro Canyon State Park (the nation’s second-largest canyon), Amarillo has become an adventure hub for outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, zip lining, and wildlife viewing.

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The Fascinating History of a Very Fast Horse
The Fascinating History of a Very Fast Horse

Exhibits and films at Amarillo’s American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum are entertaining even for greenhorns who’ve never saddled up.

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You Ain't Seen Nothing Like Cadillac Ranch
You Ain't Seen Nothing Like Cadillac Ranch

Intended as art and now a famed Texas icon, 10 automobiles are buried nose-first in a farm field west of the city. Visitors are welcome to add their own graffiti.

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See the Ranch House of a Genuine Texas Legend
See the Ranch House of a Genuine Texas Legend

The Charles Goodnight Home (45 miles southeast of Amarillo) preserves the legacy of the pioneer cattleman who once co-owned more than a million acres.

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How to Handle Bad Behavior on Planes

Stay cool, be polite and smile a lot.

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Don't Miss the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Don't Miss the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

In the nearby town of Canyon, this ranks as the state’s largest history museum, covering topics from dinosaurs to Native Americans to the oil industry.

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Going Solo? Tips for the Older Traveler Who Is Alone

Planning a trip by yourself? Follow these guidelines to help make it a vacation to remember.

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Palo Duro Canyon Boasts Truly Spectacular Scenery
Palo Duro Canyon Boasts Truly Spectacular Scenery

Colorful, eroded cliffs make this state park “the Grand Canyon of Texas.” Hike or horseback ride into the backcountry for a memorable adventure.

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10 Buildings With Storied Pasts

These unique, 50-plus-year-old structures still stand — and they still intrigue.

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