Traversing through the heart of the Palo Duro Canyon, trained cowboys guide visitors on horseback along dusty old trails during the Old West Stables tours. Three different tours are available for different types of guests; from a light, child-friendly half an hour ride to a five hour ride for experienced riders through some of the canyon's most scenic regions. Call ahead to book a tour.
Spanning across 20,000 acres (8093.71 hectares), the Palo Duro Canyon State Park covers the area between Randall County to the Texas Panhandle. A rugged landscape accentuated with the conspicuous Lighthouse Rock and the dramatic Palo Duro Canyon, it's rightly dubbed as "The Grand Canyon of Texas". The name of the park means "hard wood" in Spanish, a title recognizing the abundance of juniper and mesquite trees towering over the region. Home to a network of trails, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a must for hiking enthusiasts and equestrian activities. The Pioneer Amphitheater here puts up performances narrating stories of tribes that lived here centuries ago. The place is a captivating amalgamation of nature and culture shining brightly as the State's pride.
The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is the largest museum in all of Texas. Owned by Panhandle-Plains Historical Society and managed by West Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M University Board of Regents, this museum is definitely a medium to divulge in the local history. With an incredibly diverse range of exhibits showcasing archaeology, paleontology and geology, Panhandle Plains could be explored for weeks.
This larger than life museum in Amarillo is dedicated to the men and women of aviation service of Texas. Recognizing the importance of the early years of aviation and the role it played in shaping the history of the United States, the Texas Air & Space Museum features exhibits that educate visitors on aviation's role in both WW I and II, the Vietnam War, Korean War, Cold War and Desert Storm. Exhibits include photographs, detailed accounts and pilot biographies. Perhaps the best part of all is the various aircraft's on display. Get up close and personal with a DC-3, C-7A Caribou, P-51D Mustang and many more.
Influenced by the Palo Duro Canyon, the rippled roof and stratified red sandstone facade of the Globe News Center for the Performing Arts is among the prominent landmarks of Downtown Amarillo. Spread across three floors, the center features a 1300-seat theater known as the Carol Bush Emeny Performance Hall. It is named after a renowned Texan philanthropist. Home to the Lone Star Ballet, Amarillo Opera and Amarillo Symphony along with other cultural organizations, it is one of the best places in town for performing arts.
The Wildcat Bluff Nature Center is a protected, natural piece of the Amarillo landscape. Trails wind through 600 acres (242.8 hectares) of land where Amarillo's unique wildlife can be experienced. Horned-lizards, porcupines and hawks inhabit the area. Taking a hike is the perfect experience for curious youngsters and families. Summer camps, guided tours and other activities are organized regularly by the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center.
From premiere restaurants and buzzing clubs to quaint, small-town shops, Polk Street has something to offer to just about every visitor. For families seeking out historic landmarks, Polk Street's Harrington House, a neo-classical mansion, is the perfect place to visit. Tourists staying in Amarillo in August should plan on attending the Annual Polk Street Block Party benefiting the downtown revitalization project. A highlight of Amarillo, Polk Street offers something for everyone.
Constructed by Architect E.A. Harrison in 1930, the Santa Fe Building is one of the oldest structures in Amarillo. The architectural style it was built in is late Gothic revival. The building was originally headquarters for the Atchison, Topeka Santa Fe Railway Company, an extremely successful builder of new railroad lines throughout the country. Today, the building houses offices and is a registered historical site of Amarillo.
Established in the year 2006, Cerulean Gallery is an art space that exhibits various Contemporary-style artworks. Set on South Buchanan Street in Amarillo, this art gallery is run by Caroline Crockett Kneese. They showcase a number of art pieces that are put together by talented artists from all over the country. Artists like Allison Castillo, Captain Casual, Christian Price Frazer and Edward Cavasos have exhibited their work here. This art gallery has is a must-visit for art connoisseurs.
The Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium is is an auditorium used for concerts, lectures and more. The venue has as many as 7 dressing rooms and is hooked up with the best in electronic light and sound equipment. The auditorium has no balcony but can seat just over 2,000 people. It has staged artists like Don Williams and continues to attract touring artists like him. The venue also entertains Broadway shows and other concerts and local events. Do contact for details.
Constructed in 1914 by wealthy cattlemen, the Harrington House is a registered historical site of Amarillo, Texas. The house was built in a neoclassic style and the original structures are almost completely intact. The house was purchased in 1940 by the Harringtons, who traveled extensively and brought back rare artifacts and art to the house. Today, the house is open to the public for tours and guided lectures. Appointments must be made a week in advance.