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For a relatively small city Amarillo is world famous – we have all hummed its tune. Situated in Texas in the middle of the old Route 66, scores of road trippers have sought respite here. Though the old route has now gone, Amarillo still remains a key stop-off point for travellers.
The Interstate 40 runs straight through Amarillo, linking it with Los Angeles to the west and North Carolina in the east. This is road-tripping country, so get a hire car in Amarillo and start your own classic journey.
If you are flying to Amarillo try the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, which is 11 miles out of town – a drive of about 20 minutes. Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma is 262 miles from Amarillo, a drive of about four hours. If you are coming to Amarillo by car then use the I-40 from east or west and I-27 south. Dallas, Houston and the Mexican border all lead from these roads.
If you plan to get a rental car in Amarillo then Hertz, Avis and National are among the brands available. Collection points range from city centre locations to the airport.
Amarillo has true Western soul. Traditional working cattle ranches, saloons and Texan grit are all here in abundance and the iconic landscape of America’s southern plains is just as evocative in real life as it looks on films. The drive out can be long and quiet at times, with roadside diners dotted along the route.
To the left of Amarillo is the sunny New Mexico city of Albuquerque. At nearly 290 miles away it is a drive of about four hours through some classic American countryside. This multicultural city has Hispanic and Native American influences and a number of museums that bring this city’s history into context. The Santa Fe national forest is 50 miles north (less than an hour by car), and the Sandia mountains are immediately east, providing hiking and cycling trails. Down the I-25 from Albuquerque is El Paso. It sits on the Mexican border and is Texas’ most westerly spot. The Franklin mountains make a dramatic backdrop against the sky scrapers and in town the wide streets and old buildings are great for wandering. Just 40 miles east is the Hueco Tanks park, a popular point for rock climbers thanks to its craggy rock faces.
Two hours south of Amarillo, 120 miles down the I-27, is the city of Lubbock. Visit the Buddy Holly statue – a memorial to Lubbock’s most famous son, and take a look around the Buddy Holly Centre, which has a huge pair of thick rimmed spectacles at the entrance. As well as a museum about the singer there are also regular live performances. Otherwise, head to Fort Worth, which is 339 miles or five hours’ drive down US-287. Dubbed the city of cowboys, Fort Worth gives visitors a taste of the wild west. The Stockyards historic district has a twice-daily cattle drive through the streets and a weekly rodeo, and there are enough saloons and steak houses to feed every hungry tummy.
This is perfect driving country with simple roads that are well signposted. You can go for a long stretch without seeing anyone though, so prepare with water food and a full tank of petrol.
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