Northwest Texas
It takes about eight hours to drive from Austin to Amarillo.  Eight hours!
But that’s what a road trip is all about, right?! 
On this road trip, we were embarking on an EPIC 13 day, 11 state road trip.  Just Nat and I.
Day one and we still weren’t out of the state.  Welcome to Texas. 

WHERE TO STAY

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Amarillo, Texas: Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites.

One of the cleanest, most efficiently run hotels I’ve ever been to. And I’ve been to some really swank five star hotels – this surpassed even those.  Not only was it super comfortable, but it was easy to find, had a great indoor pool and the staff bent over backwards to assist us.
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WHERE TO EAT

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Big Texan
Big Texan Steak Ranch
If you are hungry, this is the place to stop on Route 66. Home of the 72oz steak challenge. If you can eat a 72 oz steak within the allotted time, it’s free!
Here are some fun facts about the Big Texan, which opened on Route 66 in 1960.  The 72 oz Steak Challenge began the same year.
— To date there have been approximately 144,000 attempts at the Steak Challenge,  but there have only been 11,832 whom have succeeded.   (as of June 2015)
– The statistics show:  While 1 out of 7 men will be successful,  1 out of 2 women will!  HA!
– The fastest time for one 72oz dinner = 4 minutes-18 seconds
– Most eaten – 3 x 72 oz dinners in 20 minutes  – BOTH records are held by Molly Schuyler on April 19, 2015
This place is worth the stop.
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THINGS TO DO

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Palo Duro Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon
The vistas are stunning, especially at sunset. It was a sight for sore eyes to come across this beautiful canyon area after driving miles and miles of open highway. The red dirt casts a magical glow as the sun goes down.
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Cadillac Ranch
A row of caddies sticking out of the ground? Yep, seriously. This is an eclectic art piece worth visiting.
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HELPFUL TIPS:

Amarillo is a major town and there’s a lot to it. Most people who stay in Amarillo are just passing through. I’ve given my recommendations based on that being the case.
Regarding Palo Duro Canyon. Here are a few thoughts:
  • Definitely try and avoid Palo Duro Canyon in the peak of summer. It’s just too stinkin’ hot.
  • Whatever time you are there, definitely check it out at sunset.
  • Be sure to check times for the State Park before you go.
  • Camping is an option within the park, and there are rustic cabins to rent if you are so inclined. Both are a great option if staying a few days to hike.

HANDY LINKS

Check out our Texas Trover Page for more to see on a Texas road trip from Austin – Amarillo.

We have found some great books to inspire your travels through Texas. Check out these great reads on best places to go, see and do.

There’s also some ah… interesting reads about how unique Texas truly is!
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Now It's YOUR Turn:

If you've been to Northwest Texas, what's your recommendation?

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2 Comments
  1. I think you should go for the 72oz steak challenge next time you visit!

  2. Natalie

    Sounds like the Big Texan Steak Ranch is the place to be!

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