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Palo Duro Canyon State Park
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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

#1 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Amarillo

Known as "The Grand Canyon of Texas", Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. It is located in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo. The 120 miles long canyon is known for multicolored layers of rock and steep mesa walls. The canyon is 800 feet deep with up to 1,000 ft in some locations. The state park features 30 miles of hiking trails. Lighthouse Rock formation is the main attraction of the park. The 3-mile long Lighthouse Trail is a popular trail that leads to the Lighthouse. Park activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping. Best trails to do in Palo Duro Canyon State Park include The Lighthouse Trail, The CCC Trail, and Rock Garden Trail.


Cadillac Ranch
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Cadillac Ranch

#2 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch is a unique public art installation located in Amarillo, Texas, along historic Route 66. Cadillac Ranch offers visitors a unique and memorable experience, blending art, history, and roadside Americana in a distinctive and thought-provoking setting. It continues to captivate and inspire visitors with its enduring appeal and ever-changing appearance. Cadillac Ranch is open to the public year-round, allowing visitors to explore the installation up close and even interact with the cars. Visitors are encouraged to bring spray paint and contribute to the ever-changing artwork by adding their own graffiti and designs to the cars. Visitors to Cadillac Ranch can enjoy the opportunity to walk among the cars, take photographs, and leave their mark by adding graffiti to the vehicles. The constantly evolving appearance of the installation reflects the creativity and individual expression of the countless visitors who have contributed to its transformation over the years.

Wonderland Amusement Park
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Wonderland Amusement Park

#3 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Amarillo

Wonderland Amusement Park located in Amarillo, Texas is a family owned attraction that attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. The amusement park is located in Thompson Memorial Park. Park attractions include coasters, thrill rides, water rides, slides, kids rides, miniature golf, and games.

Wonderland Amusement Park Attractions

  • Texas Tornado Roller Coaster
  • Drop of Fear
  • Fantastic Journey
  • Cyclone Coaster
  • Hornet Coaster
  • Texas Intimidator
  • Mouse Trap Coaster
  • Thunder Jet Racers
  • Big Splash Log Flume
  • Pipeline Plunge
  • Rattlesnake River

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Amarillo Zoo

#4 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Amarillo

Amarillo Zoo is a 15 acre zoo located in Thompson Park and it features over 80 species of animals.

Botanical Garden

Amarillo Botanical Gardens

#5 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Amarillo

Located in the Medical Center Park, beautiful 4.4 acres Amarillo Botanical Gardens features thousands of luscious flowers, plants and trees.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

#6 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Amarillo

Located near Amarillo, Panhandle–Plains Historical Museum is a history museum on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. It is one of the Texas' largest history museum with more than three million artifacts.


American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum

#7 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Amarillo

Address: 1600 Quarter Horse Drive, Amarillo, TX 79104

Phone: (806) 376-5181

Website: https://www.aqha.com/

Amarillo Museum of Art

Amarillo Museum of Art

#8 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Amarillo

Located in the Amarillo Cultural District, Amarillo Museum of Art (AMOA) includes permanent collection of more than 2,000 art works. The museum features American Photography, American Paintings, American Prints & Drawings, American Sculpture, Price Gallery of Asian Art, and Tibetan Tsakli & Manuscript Pages. Outdoor sculpture collection is located on the museums's ground. The museum also host live music and refreshments on social days. Admission to the museum is free.

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Texas Air & Space Museum
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Texas Air & Space Museum

#10 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Amarillo

Located near Amarillo International Airport, Texas Air & Space Museum is an aviation museum to see wide range of aircraft and explore the heritage of aviation. The outdoor and indoor aircraft include Douglas DC-3, C-7 Caribou, and NASA Shuttle Training Aircraft. The indoor exhibits features Aviators of the past, Airports of the past, Amarillo Army Airfield, Harold English and English Field Airport, Military Aviation, and Model aircraft.

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Amarillo Museums

  1. American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum
  2. Amarillo Museum of Art
  3. Jack Sisemore RV Museum
  4. Texas Air & Space Museum