I was invited to Amarillo with Visit Amarillo and HooDoo Mural Fest on a sponsored trip and here’s my weekend guide! All opinions are my own.
As someone who was born & raised in Texas (Htown to be exact), I was surprised to discover all that this western town had to offer! Although Amarillo is famous for its Western culture, the city boasts countless other experiences as well! I’m a bit ashamed to say that I’d overlooked this part of the state, but I’m so glad I got to finally visit for myself. Amarillo is rich in history and has an abundance of things to do and see, not to mention some good eats, too! If you’re not from around here, it’s difficult to know what to expect when visiting this part of the country. You’ll find that there is plenty to do to fill a weekend in Amarillo, and if you’re looking for some advice on how to best spend your time while you’re here, keep reading! As always, I got you!
This is a super easy destination to visit if you’re visiting from neighboring states or road tripping the iconic Route 66.
When looking for the perfect stay for your visit to Amarillo, I recommend the Barfield: Autograph Collection for its stunning accommodations and excellent customer service! I’m a huge fan of Marriott’s Autograph Collection so this was right up my alley. And let me tell you, the modern design with western influence is on point!! If there was ever a hotel that embodies “good ole southern hospitality,” this one would be it. The hotel includes a full restaurant and bar, complimentary shuttle service, fitness center, and it is pet-friendly. And if you happen to be a night owl rather than a morning person, you’ll be happy to hear that checkout isn’t until 12 pm!
If you need to grab a bite or drink, there’s an Italian Steakhouse on site along with a revived speakeasy right in the hotel. The brunch pancakes are some of the best I’ve ever had and y’all know I live for a speakeasy!
The Barfield Hotel’s prime location on downtown Amarillo’s historic Polk Street makes it just minutes from some of the best attractions in the city and only 15 minutes from the airport.
Need I say more?
First, let’s jump into the food! Here are my top six choices for where to go in Amarillo
Did you come to Texas if you didn’t try the BBQ? It’s a low-key spot on the edge of town but the locals will tell you that it’s THE place for some good ol’ Texas BBQ. And I concur. Did I mention that it’s black-owned? Make this your first stop!
FAVs is a vibrant, healthy, and fresh lunch spot in Amarillo with salads, smoothies, sandwiches, and snacks. With fresh fruits and veggies in every bite, this is a great option for something light, but still super satisfying. Get all your vitamins and nutrients in without compromising taste. This is a solid restaurant for those who are looking to keep it healthy in Amarillo!
Some of the best places to eat are “hole in the wall” cafes. One such place is Coyote Bluff Cafe, which serves up world-famous burgers! They’re closed on Sundays and Mondays so be sure not to miss this one while you travel around town looking for foodie adventures!
The next place on my list for an unforgettable culinary experience is the local chef-owned restaurant Yellow City Street Food. You’ll find delicious combinations of street food and upscale multi-course dinners all under one roof! From tacos to burgers, wok dishes or vegan fare, they have it all!
We all know I love a good cocktail and the Royal Bar is a craft cocktail bar with an elegant, yet unpretentious atmosphere. They even offer small plates if you need a bite to eat while sipping on specialty cocktails or spirits.
Crush is a prime spot for enjoying the nightlife of downtown Amarillo. With delicious steak and fish dishes that are sure to leave your mouth watering all evening long, as well as their new full cocktail bar with an upstairs patio looking over gorgeous downtown Amarillo, it’s no wonder Crush has become so popular! Oh and it’s conveniently located across the street from the Barfield! Didn’t I say I got you?
There’s one thing to note: Much of the town closes on Sunday’s so be sure to look up opening/closing times and dates so that you can squeeze everything in!
In the town of Amarillo, you’ll find a lot more than just horses and cowboys. From art museums to festivals- there’s always something going on in this Texas city that will surprise your senses! Here are my recommendations on where to go and what to do when you visit Amarillo.
If you’re a fan of street art and music, this one’s for you! I got the chance to visit the HooDoo Mural Festival and let me tell you: it was glorious! The city hosts the annual Hoodoo Mural Festival each year that features a music festival with live painting demonstrations. Not only will you be able to see some incredible artwork but also hear great tunes from across genres while enjoying delicious food trucks on site. Be sure to keep a lookout for next year’s dates so you can make it!
You can’t go to Amarillo without stopping by Palo Duro Canyon! This state park is full of rugged red rock that will make you feel like you’re on another planet. Ya girl wasn’t sure if she was on Mars or Amarillo! I’d recommend hiking the Lighthouse Trail, which is a moderate 2-hour trail that you’ll be so proud to complete! If you’d like to keep things light, you can drive to the outlook points and snap photos throughout the park!
If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, you won’t want to miss out on the zipline tour that will leave you feeling like your feet are in another world! You’ll be able to fly over gorgeous Palo Duro Canyon before landing at one of many lookout points for amazing views. Even if ziplining isn’t up your alley, still be sure to go experience the views of this canyon. It is a must-see.
I’ve fallen in love with horseback riding over the last few years and so I was stoked to ride out west. My inner Texan (and child) was really glowing as my horse trotted through canyons. You’ll get a chance to stop along the rim of the canyon, so be prepared for some breathtaking views! Book an evening ride to see the beauty of a Texan sunset in all its glory!
A great place to stop on the way to or from Palo Duro Canyon is Bar Z Winery. They have some delicious bites and amazing views and it’s perfect for relaxing after a day of adventure!
For a unique experience, don’t miss out on the Creek House Honey Farm’s beehive tour! You’ll get hands-on education about bees and a beehive. You can also enjoy a tasty brunch along with a beer flight to sample all of their honey-fermented drinks! Oh, and can you even sample wine or beer without a charcuterie board?? I don’t think so!
The upside-down cars of Cadillac Ranch are an art attraction that has become one of the most famous sites in Amarillo. The artful display stands alongside Route 66 where they’ve become an attraction alike to none other! Bring some spray paint OR purchase cans on-site to add your own personal touch to the Cadillacs on this ranch. Be mindful that it may be muddy if it rains which may prevent you from spray painting the cars – unless you’re willing to get a lil dirty!
Okay, so have I convinced you yet? I’ve gotta say that I was pleasantly surprised by all Amarillo had to offer. I hope this was helpful and you found some interesting things to do as you fly into Amarillo or road trip through West Texas ! If you decide to try any of my suggestions, please let me know how it went in a comment below. In the meantime, get ready for a great trip exploring this city. If you’re looking for somewhere new and different – why not visit Amarillo?
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