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The Texas Panhandle is the perfect place to get a big taste of Texas even if you only have a small amount of time. From canyons to old Cadillac’s and gigantic steaks to grand scenery, the cities of Amarillo and Canyon are an Old West enthusiast’s dream. One of the country’s best collections of Western art and artifacts can be found at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. 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 of Amarillo boasts a great art museum and beautiful botanical gardens. If you’re traveling with kids, don’t miss the thrilling rides at Wonderland Park. And, naturally, the whole family will be in awe of the fantastic rock formations at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Doves Rest Cabins offer a unique experience than Amarillo hotels. Whether you believe the person makes the journey, or the journey makes the person, you can curate your own itinerary from an array of immersive activities around Palo Duro Canyon.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The Grand Canyon of Texas Palo Duro Canyon State Park opened on July 4, 1934 and contains 29,182 acres of the scenic, northern most portion of the Palo Duro Canyon. The Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's constructed most of the buildings and roads still in use by park staff and visitors...

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Texas Outdoor Musical

The Official Play of Texas – Seen by over four Million people! TEXAS runs Tuesdays through Sundays in the summer at the Pioneer Amphitheater in the park. Watch the stories, struggles and triumphs of early settlers. The family-friendly show has singing, dancing, fireworks and lots of Texas humor – Come early for a barbecue dinner …

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Palo Duro Zip Line & Adventure Park

Clip in, Hold on, and Get Ready to ZIP! For years, the Palo Duro Canyon has been about getting people out to the canyon to explore around inside it. But now, a new attraction, separate from the Palo Duro State Park, is less about taking people down in the canyon, and more about soaring over …

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Mountain Biking in Palo Duro

IMPORTANT NOTE: Doves Rest Resorts does NOT rent bikes. Please contact Sun Adventure Sports in Amarillo for any bike rental inquiries. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a sight to be seen to fully appreciate, as pictures do not do it justice. Better yet, Palo Duro is a place to be biked to fully appreciate. …

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Jeep Tours

For the truly adventurous! From the rim to the canyon floor! Experience the incredible beauty of the canyon that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe's world famous landscapes. Our journey begins over Ghost Rider Ridge. Explore the canyon's unique...

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Horseback Riding

Horses and horseback riding have been a part of Palo Duro Canyon’s history since the days of the Apaches, Kiowa’s, Comanche’s, and Cheyenne’s. However, you shouldn’t expect your ride to be as daring as some of their undoubtedly were, we expect that you’ll want to make your own horseback riding history when you visit Palo …

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Hiking in State Park

Popular Day Hikes in Palo Duro Canyon While you’re here, you may want to check out some of the popular day hikes in Palo Duro Canyon: Lighthouse Trail. The most popular day hike in the park, where you can see the famous Lighthouse Rock. It is a 6 mile round-trip hike. Givens, Spicer & Lowry …

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Cadillac Ranch

This is one of the world’s first roadside sculptures. It features 10 Cadillac’s buried nose down in a field. Personal creativity is encouraged so bring your own spray paint. Located on I-40 West at Arnot Road (exit #60) along the south side access road.

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Texas Panhandle

The Texas Panhandle is a region of the U.S. state of Texas consisting of the northernmost 26 counties in the state. The panhandle is a rectangular area bordered by New Mexico to the west and Oklahoma to the north and east. The Handbook of Texas defines the southern border of Swisher County to be the …

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Starlight Ranch

Since 1960, The Big Texan Steak Ranch has been serving up Texas culture to millions of guests from all over the world. We’re known as a world famous Route 66 Landmark and home of the legendary 72oz Steak Challenge...

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Big Texan Steak Ranch

The Big Texan feeds almost half a million people each year from all over the world. It has been featured in countless TV shows, movies, magazines, and newspapers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Countless movies and sit-coms have featured or parodied the World Famous FREE 72-oz. steak dinner (if eaten in 1 …

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WRCA Rodeo

The Working Ranch Cowboys Association hosts ranch rodeos across the West culminating in the World Championship Ranch Rodeo. The WRCA works to showcases the skills of the working ranch cowboy and to raises money funds for the WRCA Foundation, which provides scholarship assistance and crisis assistance to working ranch cowboys and their immediate family.

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Creek House Honey Farm

Creek House Honey Farm was established in 2011. The owners, George and Paige Nester love to garden! In the winter of 2010, they decided to order bee hives to help pollinate their plants...

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Wonderland Amusement Park

Sixty years young, Wonderland Amusement Park is an ideal place for a family to relax and have fun for a reasonable price. Voted the 2009 Park of the Year by Amusement Today, Wonderland is home to the Texas Tornado, one of the top-rated, double-loop steel roller coasters in the nation, and to over 60 rides, …

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Bar Z Winery

At the edge of Palo Duro Canyon, on the outskirts of Canyon, Texas you’ll find a hidden panhandle gem in Bar Z Winery. Not to be confused with a vineyard, Bar Z works with Texas High Plains vineyard owners and takes their high-quality Texas grown grapes and makes them into award-winning, full-bodied red wines. Founder …

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Panhandle Plains Historical Museum

Let history surprise you! Where else can you cover 26,000 square miles in a day on foot? From dinosaurs to conquistadors, you’ll find it all in Texas’ largest history museum. Relive the stories of courage and hardship, victory and defeat over the past 14,000 years. Step in and step back to the Old West in …

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American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum’s spectacular facility is designed to showcase the stars of the American Quarter Horse world — those people and horses who have earned their place as a legend. From the moment you approach the larger-than-life bronzes and the Wall of Honor Plaza, you’ll know immediately you’re about …

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Amarillo & Canyon Spas

Amarillo: Braxton Paul Salon 2301 S Georgia St, Amarillo, TX 79109 806-331-8364 Visit Website Awaken Spa 1301 South Coulter Street Suite 204 Amarillo, TX 79106 806-354-8600 Visit Website The Spa at Proffer Surgical in Amarillo, Texas 1611 Wallace Blvd Amarillo, TX 79106 806-352-1185 Visit Website Sensei Med Spa, Day Spas 3716 Olsen Blvd Amarillo, TX …

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Shopping

Want to be a cowgirl or cowboy? Amarillo & Canyon has it going on from custom boots, hats and spurs to off-the-rack jeans and shirts. Shop till you drop and find all your western dud’s and more from local boutiques to national retail outlets. – Shop at Wolfin Square & Wolfin Village, both located south …

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Restaurants

Amarillo, Texas Restaurants: Coyote Bluff Cafe This is the dive to go to! Their food, atmosphere and service are fantastic. 2417 S Grand St, Amarillo, TX 79103 (806) 373-4640 The Drunken Oyster Fresh oysters and seafood flown in daily, live music 7606 SW 45th Ave #100, Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 418-6668 Pondaseta Brewing Co. Local …

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Historical Route 66

Over one mile of antiques and collectibles, located along 6th Avenue between Georgia and Western, await the visitor to Historic Route 66 in Amarillo. The neighborhood was one of the city’s first residential and business districts. Featuring buildings that once housed theatres, cafes and drug stores, the historic places now contain antique, craft and specialty …

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Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

Prized For More Than 13,000 Years! 13,000 years ago this site was already well-known by mammoth hunters as a place to get the best stone for their tools. Centuries passed but the colorful flint found right here in the Texas panhandle never lost its value and usefulness. Visit and gain a sense of how integral …

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Amarillo Botanical Gardens

Here is an oasis on the High Plains! Gardens feature an indoor tropical conservatory and seasonal native plantings. Website: http://amarillobotanicalgardens.org/

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Amarillo Zoo

Founded in 1955 the Amarillo Zoo is a place to share the wonders of the animal world with kids of all ages. The beautiful 15-acre site is located in Thompson Park and features over 60 species of animals. The zoo is designed for fun and discovery and will provide a lifetime of memories. Website: http://www.amarillozoo.org/

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Amarillo Livestock Auction

This is one of the nation’s largest auctions selling more than 100,000 head of livestock annually at its weekly Monday sales. Before the sale, rub elbows with cowboys and ranchers at the Stockyard Café. Website: http://amarillolivestockauction.com/

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Tascosa Drive-In

One of Texas last drive-in movie theatre. Treat your family to the original big screen experience from the comfort of your car or the bed of your pickup truck. Seasonal, so call first!

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Don Harrington Discovery Center

The Don Harrington Discovery Center and Space Theater makes science exciting, relevant and interesting to all types of learners by providing interactive exhibits and programs that actively engage children, adolescents and their families. It fosters inquiring minds and nurtures the individual genius that is within each of us. Website: http://www.discoverycenteramarillo.org/

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Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian

Features the artifacts of the Pueblo and Plains Indians, as well as performances by the international-known Kwahadi Dancers. Website: http://kwahadi.com/

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Texas Pharmacy Museum

The Texas Pharmacy Museum is one of only two museums in Texas that specialize in the collection, preservation, documentation, research and exhibition of items related to the history of pharmacy. Of the more than 140 pharmacy museums in the United States, the museum is among a few to be affiliated with a college or school …

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The RV Museum

Step back in time and enjoy RV’s, camping and lifestyle from the 1920’s to today. Located in Jack Sisemore’s Travel Land. Website: http://rvmuseum.net/

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Texas Air & Space Museum

The Texas Air & Space Museum is the new home for one of the world’s most important aviation legends. Beginning February 15,, 2014, N34–one of more than 10,000 Douglas DC-3/C-47 variants built around the world–is now available for the world to see in Amarillo. Website: http://texasairandspacemuseum.org/

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Amarillo Railroad Museum

This museum features an operational HO scale layout depicting Texas Panhandle railroads, circa 1952-1970. Historic railroad cars used by the U.S. Government are displayed on the tracks behind the museum. Website: http://www.amarillorailmuseum.com/

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Amarillo Historical Museum

This is the city’s newest museum with a growing collection of historical artifacts and photos. Website: http://www.visitamarillo.com/listings/Amarillo-Historical-Museum/328/

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Amarillo Little Theatre

Established in 1927, ALT is one of the oldest continuously operating community theatres in the country. Managed and operated by a staff of theatre professionals, it has a varied show calendar from August to May. Website: http://www.amarillolittletheatre.org/

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Amarillo Museum of Art

A focal point for the region’s thriving art community, attracting regional and national exhibits. Website: http://www.amarilloart.org/

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Amarillo Opera

Combines a schedule of some of the world’s most beloved operas with non-traditional shows. Performances at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Website: http://www.amarilloopera.org/

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Lone Star Ballet

Founded in Amarillo in 1975 by Neil Hess — produces one of the premier Nutcracker Ballets in the State of Texas and beyond. For over 35 years, it has become a cultural force in the State of Texas. The company has two objectives; to serve as a training ground for aspiring young dancers and to …

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Amarillo Symphony

Now in its 91st season, the Amarillo Symphony is under the direction of Jacomo Rafael Bairos as the organization’s 17th music director and conductor. The appointment of Bairos marks the conclusion of an extensive two year search that amassed 213 applicants from 15 countries. Bairos, an impressive conductor who is elegantly demanding, was selected to …

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