Five Fab Finds.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Whatever brings you to Amarillo, Texas, here are five stops to be sure get onto your itinerary…
Because work deserves reward.
And vacation doesn’t mean not using your brain.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is where to celebrate and learn about the horse that settled the West. American Quarter Horses, the world’s most popular horse breed, have been humans’ companions in war, work, and athletic fields and helped settle the nation starting in the colonial days. Named because it can run the quarter mile faster than any other breed, American Quarter Horses are showcased through displays, film, art exhibits, trophies, memorial plaques and more.
* Museum policy is that children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Hurrah!
Cadillac Ranch was one of the first roadside sculptures in the world. It was created in 1974 by the art group Ant Farm and features ten Cadillacs half-buried, nose-down in a dirt field. With its roots tied to Historic Route 66, it’s a longstanding ritual stop for road trippers and a rite of passage for local teens—especially since personal creativity is encouraged. So bring some spray paint and release your inner artist. It’s located on I-40 at Arnot Road (Exit 60) on the south access road and is free of charge.
The Charles Goodnight Historical Center (in Goodnight, a 40-mile drive from Amarillo and worth the trip) is considered one of the most important historic structures in the Texas Panhandle and the state. From 1887 to 1926, Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight lived in the house (now restored and open for tours) that at the time of its construction was considered the finest in the region. Charles established the first permanent cattle raising operation in the Texas Panhandle while Mary saved a remnant of the southern herd of bison. Visit to learn more about their lives and legacies.
The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (in Canyon, a 15-minute drive south of Amarillo and worth the trip) is the state’s largest history museum and a great place to get acquainted with or dig deep into Texas’ roots. Exhibits showcase regional art, history, archeology, paleontology, petroleum, textiles and cover a virtual expanse of over 500 million years and 26,000 square miles. From dinosaurs to cattle, conquistadors to oil riggers, pioneers to ranchers, this is where to discover genuine Texas.
The RV Museum at Sisemore’s Traveland, tucked behind a bustling RV dealership, is a collection of campers and camping gear from the 1920s to today. Walking through the collection inspires memories and/or dreams, depending on your personal experience with motorhomes, trailers and tents. For 25 years the Sisemores have been collecting and restoring vintage RVs and their offbeat collection includes the bus from the movie RV (starring the late Robin Williams), the first Itasca motor home ever built, the oldest Fleetwood in existence, a 1946 tear drop kit, a 1962 Airstream, 1974 Winnebago, and many more. The quirky museum is free and open Mondays-Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Read about The Big Texan
- Read about Palo Duro Canyon
- Read about horseback riding with Cowgirls & Cowboys in the West
- Stay at the Courtyard Marriott Amarillo Downtown
- Learn about Center City and where to eat downtown
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