Amarillo

Last Updated: 14th Nov 2013

by – Alex McCarty, Tour Manager, North America

What is certainly one of the last bastions of frontier life in America, Amarillo is a Texas town that has more cattle living there than humans! With a population of around 250,000, the world’s largest cattle auction takes place in Amarillo every year, where 275,000 head of cattle are auctioned off to the highest bidders. But cows are not the only things you’ll find in this traditional western town. Cadillac Ranch calls Amarillo home, and is a strange and interesting sight for the eyes of weary travelers over the open roads of America. In the 1970s a small group of contemporary artists found themselves brainstorming ideas for their next art project. They were standing in an open wheat field just off the shoulder of the famous Route 66 when the skies unfolded and began to pour rain and gust wind, causing the wheat to sway and ripple from side to side, like the waters of the ocean. One of the artists in a fit of inspiration, envisioned dolphin and shark fins swimming around in that sea of wheat and that initial idea morphed into the concept of seeing the fins of 1950s and 1960s Cadillacs swimming in that wheat, and the Cadillac Ranch was born. Ten cars buried half way in the ground stand as a fixture in the American landscape, and as a symbol of the freedom that the wide open highways of this country has to offer.

Food and Drink

Amarillo provides a truly unique cultural experience. Everything is said to be “bigger and better in Texas” and the Big Texan Steak Ranch lives up to the hype! If you dare – you can take on a 72 ounce steak that’s the size of your head! If you finish the massive slab of meat AND all the fixin’s that come with it your meal is free! At night Amarillo offers a great nightlife atmosphere at Grahm Central Station; 4 different music rooms including a karaoke room will keep the party going all night long! Drinks are fairly cheap and the taxi ride back to the hotel is reasonable.

by – davidg, Tour Manager, North America

No visit to Amarillo would be complete without a stay and dinner at The Big Texan. This city landmark is both a hotel and a restaurant, with a wild west motif in each room, featuring murals painted on the walls depicting Texas ranch life, and a menu at the restaurant featuring their specialty: steaks! Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach is the free 72ounce steak Challenge. The meal, including a 72 ounce cut of USDA choice steak, shrimp cocktail, a baked potato, a side salad and a dinner roll, if completed by the contestant within an hour is free. If the meal is not completed in the allotted time, you’ll have to pay for the meal, but at least you won’t leave hungry!

Nightlife

by – Alex McCarty, Tour Manager, North America

There are two major nightlife attractions in what is an otherwise sleepy ranching town. Of course, The Big Texan has a bar and gift shop and a few arcade games to help keep you entertained on a slow night, but if meeting cowboys and cowgirls and dancing the two-step is more appealing make sure to head out to either Midnite Rodeo or Graham Central Station. Along with live music and open dance floors for the boot-scoot set, both clubs are large venues which offer R&B/Top 40 music, pool tables and plenty of drink specials throughout the night.

Questions?

x

Visas? Money? Where to go? Chat to us about travel.