Palo Duro Canyon, Amarillo
Palo Duro Canyon, Amarillo © Meniscus

The Old West lives on in the city of Amarillo. About 330 miles (531km) northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth, it is the commercial centre of the Texas Panhandle. Founded in 1887 as a tent camp for buffalo hides and railroad construction workers, the town now hosts symphonies, opera and ballets, as well as boasting both Amarillo College and Texas State Technical College.

Amarillo's fortunes have long rested on the horns of cattle ranching, but it has also become a popular stopover for tourists keen to play cowboy, with numerous motels and restaurants having opened up in recent years. The town is located on the major Route 1-40 east-west highway, making it easily accessible for visitors and those who come for the famed frenetic Amarillo Livestock Auctions.


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