2023 in Photos: A Year of Exploring Texas

November 21, 2023 | By

Amarillo’s Where We’ll Be

October 24, 2023 | By Jennifer Stewart

Chasing the Wind Across the Texas Panhandle

October 24, 2023 | By Lauren Hough

Celebrate the Mother Road at the Inaugural Route 66 Festival in Amarillo

May 30, 2023 | By Jason Boyett

When author and photographer Candacy Taylor began researching her book Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America, Amarillo landed on her radar.

Celebrating Pride Month in Small Town Texas

June 17, 2022 | By Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

Coming out of two long years of canceled events and public gatherings due to the pandemic, people all around Texas are getting back on the party saddle.

From Cadillacs to Murals, Amarillo’s Art Scene Is a Sight to Behold

February 3, 2022 | By Halley Sanford

Explore the Texas Panhandle with These Four Spring Daytrips

April 15, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski

In the third part of our spring day drives series, we’re heading to the Texas High Plains.

Traces of Texas’ Throwback Thursday: The Panhandle in 1939

February 18, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

When Farm Security Administration photographer Dorothea Lange took this photo north of Amarillo in 1939, it was a (relatively) happy time for most Panhandle residents.

My Favorite Texas Trip: An Englishman Goes Honky-Tonking in Amarillo

July 6, 2020 | By Bertie Adam

“Jesus did not Tap Out, He loves you!” shouted an oncoming billboard. Had I read that correctly?

A New Visitor Center in Amarillo Explores the People, Places, and Legends of Historic Route 66

January 29, 2020 | By Dale Blasingame

For Amarillo photographer Jim Livingston, the new I Am Route 66 Visitor Center and Gallery he opened in his hometown represents the thousands of personal connections he made while driving 25,000 miles up and down the highway known as the Mother Road.

Experience “Amarillo Ramp”, a Seminal Work of Art, Before It Disappears

October 28, 2019 | By Michael Hoinski

In 1973, when it was completed, Amarillo Ramp was a spiral pathway jutting into Tecovas Lake, an artificial body of water outside of Amarillo. It was comprised of sandstone found in the area, compacted to an ascending height of 15 feet, and measured 140 feet in diameter. Now, with the lake long since dried up, Amarillo Ramp amounts to a quirky, failing rock formation.

5 Texas Podcasts to Listen to Now

August 15, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

These five podcasts highlight unique stories from all corners of Texas

Saddle Up and Take a Tour of Palo Duro Canyon

July 11, 2019 | By A Piece of Texas

Join Amberly, Rich, and Luke as they head to Palo Duro Canyon, Amarillo, and tour the Texas Panhandle in the July edition of “A Piece of Texas.”

Top Stories of 2018 – Editors’ Picks

December 31, 2018 | By TH Staff

Texas Highways Editors share their favorite stories of 2018.

6 Texas-Size Eating Challenges

December 21, 2018 | By Laurel Miller   Illustrations by: Shaw Nielsen

Texans are never ones to back down from a challenge—even so, these six food competitions from across
the state are pretty daunting. From 4.5-pound steaks to 20-scoop sundaes, Texas has enough gut-busting contests to keep competitive eaters and curious, hungry folks satisfied—or potentially sent into a food coma.
Consider the following restaurants and festivals worthy of a detour the next time you’re feeling a bit peckish.

The Daytripper’s Top 5 on Route 66

December 19, 2018 | By Chet Garner

The top stops in Texas on the ‘Mother Road of America’

The Stockyard Cafe in Amarillo

November 1, 2018 | By

Where to Eat in Amarillo

November 1, 2018 | By

Worldwide, Amarillo is probably most famous for The Big Texan Steak Ranch and its free 72-ounce steak (“if eaten in one hour”), a deal promoted on billboards from Arizona to Arkansas.

Where to Stay in Amarillo

October 4, 2018 | By

These 10 County Courthouses Show off the Beauty and History of Small-Town Texas

September 10, 2018 | By

Texas’ Historic County Courthouses shine with grandiosity and ambition. Often politically controversial because of their expense, courthouse projects in the 19th and early 20th centuries lasted years as counties selected architects and builders, quarried and imported materials, then painstakingly assembled the larger-than-life landmarks in the middle of town. It’s not hard to imagine a farmer stopping by a courthouse construction site to take in the scene, scratching his head at the columns, parapets, and towers rising from the prairie.

An Epic Route 66 Road Trip Is Headed for Texas

July 13, 2018 | By Julia Jones

The trust, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., recently named the route a “national treasure,” a title given to places that are integral to the nation’s history. Including the entirety of Route 66 on the list is meant to feature all the vintage hotels, neon signs, gas stations, and other businesses along the route, as well as its infrastructure.

Finding Unique, Hidden Attractions on Route 66

February 14, 2018 | By

While not a typical destination, this weathered barn along the route east of Amarillo— now Farm-to-Market Road 2161—takes on a warm glow with photographer Clark Crenshaw’s addition of LED lighting. From Conway, head about 5 miles west along FM 2161 to find the deserted outbuilding along the south side right before the road curves toward Interstate 40. Visit for more information.

Trust Us: There’s More Than Big Steaks and Buried Caddys in Amarillo

January 15, 2018 | By Jason Boyett

When I think of my Amarillo childhood, I think about Boots’n Jeans. Not the attire, but the retail store. The rustic wooden doors of Boots’n Jeans once beckoned shoppers beneath a life-size sculpture of a wild, rearing horse. Every year, for my birthday, my grandparents took me there for a new pair of ropers.

That was then. In the decades since, the store sold to a big corporation, transformed into a national Western-wear chain, and finally closed for good in 2016 after 43 years. A Jimmy’s Egg opened in its place a few months ago.

The Mythology of the Wild West Looms Large over Texas

January 15, 2018 | By

Tales of heroic cowboys and gritty ranchers dominate much of the state’s literature.  

Equine Shrine

June 20, 2016 | By John Lumpkin

Horse racing was “the NFL of colonial times,” we’re told at the start of our visit to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, therein commencing the story of a horse breed that’s intertwined with Texas history and culture.

Urban Scapes

August 14, 2015 | By Melissa Gaskill

Get out of the office. Flee that marathon meeting. Park your car. Exit the laundry room.

Goodnight Under the Stars

August 13, 2015 | By

Cattleman Charles Goodnight entertained many a visitor in the home he built in 1887 on the High Plains east of Amarillo.

Travel Rally Day

May 7, 2015 | By

Ready to add new items to your Texas Travel Bucket List? The TxDOT Texas Travel Information Centers are a free, one-stop resource always brimming with information that opens up your Texas travel opportunities.

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum

March 10, 2015 | By

The American Quarter Horse is prized for its versatility, from ranch work to its speed on the quarter-mile track—the inspiration for its name.

Kwahadi Dancers of Amarillo present Winter Night Ceremonials

January 14, 2015 | By

For the 50th consecutive year, the Kwahadi Dancers of Amarillo will present their Winter Night Ceremonials on weekends in late January and February.

Playing Favorites

August 16, 2014 | By

The writers who contribute to Texas Highways exemplify a few traits in common: They’re experienced travelers guided by curiosity, adventure, culture, and hard-earned wisdom.

Cowboy Cloy

July 11, 2014 | By Rob Curran

If there were a rite of passage into the Texan tribe, surely it would be the 72-ounce steak challenge at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo.

Daytripper: Amarillo

March 16, 2014 | By

Some may only know Amarillo as a Panhandle cowboy town, and there’s certainly truth to that reputation.

Texas Top 40 No. 34, Amarillo

January 7, 2014 | By

Not many places have the distinction of inspiring a George Strait hit such as “Amarillo by Morning.” 

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By


Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations.

Youngblood’s Stockyard Cafe

January 17, 2010 | By June Naylor

At first glance, Youngblood’s Stockyard Café in Amarillo appears to be your everyday rural coffee shop.

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