Amarillo, situated in the Llano Estacado region, is
the 15th largest city in the state of Texas.
Amarillo became known for the fact that it
proclaimed itself the “Helium Capital of the World”
because of it having one of the country’s most
productive helium fields. Amarillo is also known as
“The Yellow Rose of Texas”, related to its
denomination - “Amarillo” is Spanish for “yellow”.
There are two major attractions in Amarillo that
make it even more famous: Cadillac Ranch and Big
Texan Steak Ranch, located on the former U.S.
Highway 66 passing through Amarillo. Amarillo also
brags with operating one of the largest meat packing
areas in the United States.
The attractions in Amarillo will definitely create
dilemmas for you in that there are so many things to
see and do, that the tour of Amarillo will involve a
lot of touristic choice making. These attractions
include museums, theaters, golf courses, and many
other amusement and recreation possibilities.
You can start your day in Amarillo by visiting one
of its numerous museums (The American Quarter Horse
Association (AQHA), The Amarillo Art Center, Don
Harrington Discovery Center, the Texas Pharmacy
Museum, Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum, and the English
Field Air & Space Museum, which will complete your
museum tour in Amarillo) If you are a sports fan,
your craving for live football, hockey, or baseball
will be satisfied if you choose to attend the
frequent sports games played by Amarillo’s local
teams (the Indoor Football League team, Amarillo
Venom and the NAHL Jr, the hockey team, the Amarillo
Bulls, and Amarillo's minor league baseball team,
Amarillo Dillas of the United League Baseball).
Before coming to Amarillo, you should also know that
it is famous for being the setting for many motion
pictures such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,
Switchback in 1997 and The Plutonium Circus, the
1995 South by Southwest Film Festival winner for
best documentary feature.