Dec 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Amarillo, Attraction for Old West Senior Enthusiasts

From the many historical sites, museums, shopping districts, the western and outdoor activities and the sports and recreation scenes,  Amarillo is loaded with attractions that seniors find fun and exciting.  Amarillo is located in the center of the Texas Panhandle, a 26-county area that is bordered by New Mexico and Oklahoma. In the panhandle, the southern plains meet the desert. The Amarillo area is a major destination for Old West senior enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Amarillo was first settled in 1887. The name, Amarillo, was taken from the Spanish language meaning yellow, because of the color of the sub-soil in the channel of the Amarillo Creek. In the early days, most of the houses were painted yellow to commemorate the name. Visit Amarillo and you’re visiting the old west.

Senior Western History Buffs!

From families to senior travelers, Amarillo has an activity for the outdoor enthusiast, the arts connoisseur and the western history buff.  Attractions include Palo Duro Canyon State Park, with over 18,000 acres in one of the nation’s largest canyons; Texas Legacies, one of the nation’s best outdoor productions; the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in Texas; the American Quarter Horse Museum, home to the history of America’s most popular equine breed; the Don Harrington Discovery Center, now with a brand new Digital Space Theater; Cadillac Ranch, America’s most unique bumper crop; Big Texan Steak Ranch & Opry, home of the free 72 ounce steak dinner (Eat it and all the trimmings: salad, bread, potato and shrimp cocktail in an hour and it’s free! 35,000 have tried, 5,500 have succeeded); Historic Rt. 66, America’s Mother Road and professional ballet, opera, symphony and theater companies. The official guide outlines things to see and do in Amarillo.

One of the country’s best collections of Western art and artifacts can be found at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Mosey on over to the Amarillo Livestock Auction to mingle with real cowboys as they go about the business of buying and selling cattle. For those with interests that are more modern, the city boasts a great art museum and beautiful botanical gardens. Here’s a real cowboy, Glenn Campbell, entertaining with a great version of “A Rhinestone Cowboy” right out of the Texas Panhandle.  jeb

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