Sleep Inn & Suites West Medical Center
6915 I-40 West
Amarillo, TX 79106
Phone: (806) 242-7777
Fax: (806) 242-7778
Lights Off Golf is the perfect place to go for a date or with friends. At night, the golf balls, the green and the putters all glow in the dark thanks to black lights and special paint.
The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is a great place to visit for families or individuals who want to have a fun, educational experience involving the outdoors and native plant life. New exhibits are regularly being added, such as the Palo Duro Canyon Garden. Guided tours are available by request if made a week in advance. Be sure to find the tropical conservatory for a chance to investigate rare and exotic indoor plants.
Right outside of the Don Harrington Discovery Center sits a large steel structure. This monument is dedicated to helium, the gas that originally brought prosperity to Amarillo. At one point of time, Amarillo was the world's only commercial producer of helium. The monument is dedicated to the importance of helium in the building of Amarillo's economic development and growth as a city.
An official listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the Natatorium, or as locals call it, "The Nat", used to be an indoor swimming pool in the 20s. In later years, the Nat was transformed into a dance hall. The Nat was a major venue for bands traveling through Route 66, with such legendary musicians as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong gracing the stage. Today, the Nat is as popular as ever, although it re-opened to the public as a large antique mall.
The Western Bowl bowling alley is the perfect place for people visiting Amarillo to have some fun. Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday are "Galaxy Bowling" nights, where disco music is played and lasers flash throughout the alley. For young travelers, Thursdays are "College Nights" where students from Texas A&M and other schools come for a fun night of bowling. Hot dogs, sodas, beers and all of the other refreshments needed for a solid game of bowling are served.
The Texas Panhandle War Memorial pays tribute to soldiers who either lost their life or went missing in action since the Spanish American War. Several large red granite stones, each dedicated to a different war, lists the names of veterans who came from the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.
Built by local millionaire/philanthropist Stanley Marsh III, Cadillac Ranch is easily one of Texas' most recognizable attractions. Eleven rusted, gutted-out Cadillacs are lined up and photogenically planted hood-first in the dirt. Unlike the pyramids, Stonehenge and other cultural landmarks, visitors are encouraged to bring spray paint and let loose on this monument. Every visitor to Amarillo should experience Caddy Ranch at least once.
This massive three-story house is a West Texas version of late Georgian Revival-style with a rather eclectic combination of architecutural features.
The historic Llano Cemetery was created by a group of dedicated volunteering women in 1901 and continues to be preserved as a notable heritage site in Amarillo. Picturesque Statues from the turn of the 20th Century can still be found on the property.
The Madame Queen is a prototype 2-10-2 locomotive that was constructed in 1930 for the Santa Fe Railroad. The locomotive has been on display to the public for over 50 years. At the time of its use, the Madame Queen was the premiere locomotive of its day. In order to continue the upkeep of the classic locomotive, The Santa Fe Locomotive Development Museum is getting its start and taking donations. It was also shown in the Mega Movers series of The History Channel.
One of the most unique landmarks in all of Amarillo, Ozymandias on the Plains comprises of a pair of sock-wearing giant legs. A work of art by eccentric artist Lightnin’ McDuff, it is said to based on one of P. B. Shelley's poems called “Ozymandias”. Although the original composition was designed without the famous socks, the addition stuck. Apart from the socks, this structure keeps getting vandalized by kids in the neighborhood, but is always returned to its original shape, thanks to the locals who are awfully fond and proud of the Ozymandias's sock-covered feet.
Amarillo's Thompson park covers and area of over 600 acres which makes it a perfect destination for families with kids. A day can be devoted to exploring the park and discovering it's features. A small zoo can be found on Thompson Park. For adults, a 36-hole golf course is available. But don't get too sidetracked and miss the lake, baseball park or child amusement area.