Amarillo, TX

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      Amarillo, TX

      When you think of Texas' Panhandle, one of the first cities that comes to mind is Amarillo. With some of the most breathtaking scenery in the entire United States, Amarillo is a hidden Texas gem that is starting to attract attention from Texans and those who currently reside outside the state. At an altitude of over 3,500, Amarillo offers a welcome escape from the blistering Texas heat. This advantageous location also blesses the city with some of the cleanest air in the state. Over 195,000 people are in on the best kept secret in the Lone Star State, and they choose to call the city home.

      Interstate 27 and Interstate 40 both cut through Amarillo, and they offer drivers in the city easy access to most of the major points of interest. In addition to the freeways, Highways 287, 87, and 60 crisscross through the city providing drivers with ample options to get from point a to point b. Those who are fed up with driving can utilize Amarillo's public transit system. While it is not a very large system, it does provide a consistent number of routes, and the city has committed to constructing a number of terminals to expand its capacity.

      Cadillac Ranch is one of the city's best known attractions. It is an eclectic collection of artwork that can only be found in Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon Park is one of the city's best outdoor getaways. Hikers, bikers, and adventurers will enjoy over 60 acres of desert trails and beauty that makes for a great weekend getaway. The Panhandle-Plains Historic Museum should be high on the list of things to do for a newcomer to the area since it provides a comprehensive overview of life in this Texas town.

      One of the reasons why people love Amarillo is the fact that it has very affordable home prices when compared to other Texas cities. The Amarillo Independent School District also offers children an outstanding education that is on par with any in the state. Those looking to buy or rent a home in Amarillo may want to check out the Puckett West neighborhood or the Southpark Windsor area of town to see if they can find a place that meets their needs.

      Amarillo offers residents a high quality of life with plenty of things to do in the city. Summer months see Wonderland Amusement Park come to life as families and teenagers converge on the park to enjoy the cool evening breezes and the thrilling rides. Amarillo is also where you will find some of the best BBQ in all of Texas. One of the locals favorite joints is Tyler's Barbecue. Be sure to check it out.

      Top Rated Schools in Amarillo

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Sleepy Hollow Elementary SchoolPK - 555773%
      Lorenzo De Zavala Middle5 - 842072%
      Woodlands Elementary SchoolPK - 441672%
      Belmar Elementary SchoolPK - 540472%
      Greenways Int5 - 695166%
      Bonham Middle6 - 882065%
      Crockett Middle6 - 885564%
      Amarillo Collegiate AcademyKG - 1248163%
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      The B I G Texan !
      Route 66 traveler here.
      When in town, be sure to visit The Big Texan Steak Ranch....and good luck finishing that 72 oz. steak in an hour, ha ha !
      Also, be sure to stop by the classic Philips 66 gas station !
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      Amarillo, TX - A City with some Funk!
      I'm not a huge fan of the West Texas plains, but I've always been surprised at how much I like Amarillo. It's a very funky, livable city. Many artists live in Amarillo due to the lower than average cost of living, and the Historic 66 District downtown is the center of Amarillo's art community. Public-art displays such as the Cadillac Ranch along Interstate 40 and the Dynamite Museum, a series of mock road signs located throughout the city, add to Amarillo's eclectic appeal.

      One of the most famous attractions in Amarillo is the Big Texan Steak Ranch. At the Big Texan, if you eat a 72-ounce steak in less than an hour, you get your dinner for free. It reminds me of that restaurant in "The Great Outdoors" with John Candy. While I've never been tempted to try it, I will report that the Big Texan, although touristy, is a lot of fun, and the normal-sized steaks are very tasty. Amarillo is also home to the largest number of Laotian restaurants in Texas. These are definitely worth visiting, especially if you like spicy food.
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      Source: The Amarillo, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).