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A Day in Amarillo

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Amarillo may be relatively small, but there is no shortage of things to do and see. Located in the Texas Panhandle, this “Yellow Rose of Texas” boasts an array of charming attractions, can’t-miss nightlife spots, world-famous restaurants and diverse shopping centers.  Need to see it all in 24 hours? Follow this 24-hours itinerary guide, and you’ll be well on your way to a real Amarillo experience. 

Amarillo Itinerary
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Breakfast at 9:00am!

Start your day at the Pancake Station, a popular breakfast restaurant in Amarillo. It serves up American comfort food. Specialties include Texas-style omelets, Belgian waffles and pancakes. Of course, there are sandwiches, burgers and salads on the menu too. It is a great spot for breakfast which will fill you up for the whole day.

Address: 2800 Virginia Cir # A, Amarillo, TX 79109, United States
Phone: 1 806-355-0211
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 6:00am-2:00pm; Sunday: 7:00am-2:00pm

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame at 10:00am!

Visit the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, one of the premier spot to see in Amarillo. It features the history of the American Quarter Horse, the world’s popular breed of horse through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, artifacts and video presentations. Know about the American Quarter Horse role in racing and ranching, the people who shaped these beautiful animals. From Wall of Honor Plaza to equestrian artwork to bronze statues of important people and horses to vintage chuck wagon to a kid-friendly education gallery, this spot has something of interest for every hippophile.

Address: 2601 Interstate 40 Access Rd, Amarillo, TX 79104, United States
Phone: 1 806-376-5181
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Pancake Station: 4.3miles or 7minutes drive I-40 East

Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian at 11:00am!

Next, visit the Kwahadi Museum of the American India that showcases the history, culture and life of Pueblo and Plain Indians. The museum includes a Thomas Mails collection, the Cunningham Navajo Rug Collection, the Bob and Sally Jones Indigenous Birds, Tom Knapp fine bronze castings and the Perry Null Game Animal Exhibit. It is filled with photographs, fine art, pottery, carvings, rugs, postcards, bronze statues and artifacts covering the culture and ways of the Plains and Pueblo people. Do not miss the live show from the Kwahadi dancers.

Address: 9151 I-40, Amarillo, TX 79118, United States
Phone: 1 806-335-3175
Distance from American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame: 6.5miles or 9minutes drive via I-40 East

Texas Air and Space Museum at 11:30am!

After a mesmerizing Kwahadi dance performance, make your way over to the Texas Air and Space Museum that features the aviation history of the area. It holds an impressive collection of aircrafts, war planes, spacecrafts, nuclear missiles, airports and rocket boosters. Aircrafts such as a 1930s DC-3, P-51D Mustangs, a NASA Shuttle Training Aircraft, and many more are on display.

Address: 10001 American Drive, Amarillo, TX 79111, United States
Phone: 1 806-335-9159
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Distance from Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian: 3.4miles or 8minutes drive 

Amarillo Museum of Art at 12:00pm!

Take a break from history sessions, and head off to the Amarillo Museum of Art. The museum features art pieces that span all time periods and medias. It has permanent as well as temporay exhibits in its 3-story facility. The collections include prints, American photographs, drawings, Modernists paintings, sculptures and works from Europe and Asia. 

Address: 2200 S Van Buren Street, Amarillo, TX 79109, United States
Phone: 1 806-371-5050
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
 Distance from Texas Air and Space Museum: 9.4miles or 14 minutes drive via I-40 West

Lunch at 1:00pm!

Savor Mexican food at La Campana (2220 Canyon Dr), or enjoy BBQ fare at Tyler's Barbecue (2014 Paramount). For American fare, stop by Texas Roadhouse (2805 W Interstate 40) or Crush (701 S. Polk). Relish Italian food at Eddie's Napoli's V LLC (700 South Taylor).

Amarillo Botanical Garden at 2:00pm!

After refueling yourself, take a tranquil walk in the diverse natural beauty of Amarillo Botanical Garden.  The Amarillo Botanical Garden has a tropical conservatory which features an indoor collection of exotic tropical plants. There are several outdoor theme plantings also, including xeric, butterfly, Japanese and fragrance gardens. This place is a feast for olfactory senses and the eyes.  It also holds special classes in gardening and horticulture. Connect with nature!

Address: 1400 Streit Drive, Amarillo, TX 79106, United States
Phone: 1 806-352-6513
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Don Harrington Discovery Center at 3:00pm!

After your peaceful garden experience, head over to the Don Harrington Discovery Center that features interactive and hands-on exhibits on core science, space, technology and natural history. Amarillo is known as the “Helium Capital of the World” and know why it is called so at this center. Inside the center is a planetarium, a Digital space theatre and several science exhibits. Outside is the helium monument. Explore space, sound, science and technology!

Address: 1200 Streit Drive, Amarillo, TX 79106, United States
Phone: 1 806-355-9547
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30am-4:30pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-4:30pm
Distance from Amarillo Botanical Garden: 0.2miles or 1minute drive via Streit Drive

Wildcat Bluff Nature Center at 4:00pm!

Just a few minutes’ drive from Amarillo Discovery Center is the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center. It covers over 600-acre natural environment and is popular for the den of bobcats.  It has about 5.3miles of walking and hiking trails, rolling grasslands, wildlife and exciting attractions. It offers access to historic and geological elements and several types of natural habitats.

Address: 2301 North Soncy Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124, United States
Phone: 1 806-352-6007
Distance from Don Harrington Discovery Center: 3.9miles or 7minutes drive

Cadillac Ranch at 5:00pm!

The next stop is located along Route 66 west of Amarillo- the Cadillac Ranch. It is the first roadside sculpture in the world that has 10 graffiti-covered Cadillac’s half-buried in the ground. Carry your camera and a spray paint to show your creativity on the vintage Cadillac’s.  This is a must see spot when in Amarillo.

Address: I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124, United States
Distance from Wildcat Bluff Nature Center: 6.0miles or 8 minutes drive

Shopping at 6:00pm!

Time to get your fashion fix! Head off to the Westgate Mall that is anchored by JCPenney, Dillard’s and Sears. It also houses a great selection of national retailers, including Victoria’s Secret, Charlotte Russe, Express and many more. You’ll find literary anything you’re looking for at this mall, from apparel to accessories, cosmetics, shoes to items for kids and home to boot.

Address: 7701 West Interstate 40 #140, Amarillo, TX 79121, United States
Phone: 1 806-358-7221
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Distance from Cadillac Ranch: 3.7miles or 8minutes drive

Indulge in some more shopping at The Shops at Wolflin Square that boasts one-of-a-kind locally owned specialty shops, health & wellness stores, beauty shops and popular women’s fashion retailers.

Address: 1932 Civic Cir, Amarillo, TX 79109, United States
Opening hours: Sunday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Distance from Westgate Mall: 4.0miles or 8minutes drive via I-40 East

The 806 Coffee Lounge at 8:00pm!

It’s time to relax and kick back with a couple of drinks, or may be a coffee, as you desire at The 806, a coffee cum lounge. It offers caffeine-infused drinks by the day and drinks by night. The drink menu includes imported and domestic beers, wines and cocktails. Settle down on the comfortable couches or chairs, sip on a drink and have a good conversation with friends. The bands play at night.

Address: 2812 SW 6th, Amarillo, TX 79106, United States
Phone: 1 806-322-1806
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:00am-12:00am; Sunday: 9:00am-12:00am

Dinner at 9:00pm!

Enjoy Mexican fare at Braceros Mexican Grill & Bar (2822 SW 6th Ave), or Leal's Mexican Restaurant (1619 S Kentucky St). Savor American classics with beer at Golden Light Cantina (2906 SW 6th Ave). Craving for Italian cuisine, stop by Macaroni Joe's (1619 S Kentucky St #1500-D).

Amarillo comes alive after the sun goes down at 10:00pm!

It’s been a long day, but don’t call it a day just yet. There is still something to experience- Amarillo’s nightlife. You wouldn’t want to miss a second of Amarillo’s nightlife scene.

Dance the night away at the Wild Card Nightclub. It has a 50 foot long bar, sports lounge, VIP area and spacious dance floor.  Order yourself a drink, indulge in bar games, watch the game on the big screen and dance the night away on the music spun by the DJs. 

Address: 715 S Polk Street, Amarillo, TX 79101, United States
Phone: 1 325-280-9604
Opening hours: Thursday & Friday: 5:00pm-2:00am; Saturday: 9:00pm-2:00am


Want to keep your night excursion a bit low-key, make your way over to R & R Bar. The bar offers reasonably priced drinks, awesome music on the jukebox, pool, and a variety of finger food in a laid-back ambiance. 
Address: 701 Georgia Street S, Amarillo, TX 79106, United States
Phone: 1 806-342-9000

No matter where you spend your evening, make sure to bid adieu to your day in Amarillo with one last drink!

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