Settle in to our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Amarillo and explore the brassy commercial center of the Texas panhandle. Soon you’ll be sizing up horses at the American Quarter Horse Museum or dining on slabs of barbecued ribs in a downtown roadhouse.
Take a quick drive out to Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch, where the roadside attraction is free and hard to miss: 10 spray-painted Cadillacs planted nose-first in the Texas desert. It’s just one of the city’s colorful public artworks, most of them sprung from the imagination of the grandson of a Texas oil millionaire. Our Amarillo hotels are close to Wonderland Amusement Park, where a single ticket buys a whole day’s worth of thrills, from hair-raising roller coasters to cool water rides. Immerse yourself in the life of the cowboy at Amarillo’s American Quarter Horse Museum, an ode to the unique American breed.
Hungry guests at our Amarillo hotels head to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for dinner. Juicy steaks of all sizes fill the restaurant’s menu, but it’s the 72-oz. number that gets all the attention: If you can eat it (plus the fixings) in one hour, it’s free. More Texas favorites, from chicken-fried steaks to barbecued ribs, are on the menu at the cluster of lively restaurants downtown. Our hotels in Amarillo also lie near Wolflin Village shopping center, where artwork and turquoise jewelry crafted by Native American artisans are sold in independent shops. The glory days of Route 66 are long gone, but you can still meander the two-lane blacktop on a short road trip out of Amarillo, past a Wild West landscape of red mesas, sagebrush and cactus.
Stay at our hotels in Amarillo and enjoy the spirit of the West in its artworks, its cowboy culture, and in its Texas-size appetites.