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Amarillo is located in the north-central portion of the Texas Panhandle. It's the 14th most populous city, with a population of 190,695 in 2010. Once known as the Llano Estacado Region (meaning staked plain,) the Texas Panhandle is open-range cattle country, mostly covered by tall buffalo grass. It was, and still is, a weather-beaten, raw Old West region. In 1877, what is now Amarillo was called Ragtown, and was later renamed Amarillo, which is Spanish for "yellow." Today, the city is the regional economic center for the Texas Panhandle. Things to see and do in the city include lots of events and attractions honoring the cowboy and Old West Texas culture. The Tri-State Fair & Rodeo has been a tradition since 1921, and other events include the World Championship Chuckwagon Roundup, held the first weekend in June, and the World Championship Ranch Rodeo. The Amarillo National Center is a venue that hosts equestrian competitions, rodeos and motor sports. The Amarillo Museum of Art features a range of art from 20th century American art to Southeast Asian treasures. The Carson County Square House Museum depicts the history and development of the Texas Panhandle and includes a historic house, furnished dugout dwelling, a Santa Fe caboose, barn and more. The Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo has exhibits that focus on science, health and technology with over 75 hands-on exhibits. This is just a small sample of what Amarillo has to offer; there's also historic homes and buildings, over 50 city parks, gardens and more.

Amarillo Vacation Rentals

Amarillo Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ambassador Hotel3100 W I-40Amarillo, TX (806) 358-6161
Ashmore Inn & Suites-Amarillo2301 East I-40Amarillo, TX (806) 374-0033
Best Western Amarillo Inn1610 Coulter RdAmarillo, TX (806) 358-7861
Comfort Inn & Suites2300 Soncy RdAmarillo, TX (806) 457-9100
Comfort Inn Airport1515 I -40 EastAmarillo, TX (806) 376-9993
Comfort Inn West Amarillo2100 S CoulterAmarillo, TX (806) 358-6141
Comfort Suites Amarillo2103 Lakeview DrAmarillo, TX (806) 352-8300
Comfort Suites6318 Ventura DrAmarillo, TX (806) 353-5100
Drury Inn & Suites Amarillo8540 W Interstate 40Amarillo, TX (806) 341-1111
Extended Stay America2100 Cinema DrAmarillo, TX (806) 351-0117
Fairfield Inn6600 Interstate 40 WAmarillo, TX (806) 351-0172
Fifth Season Inn6801 I-40 WAmarillo, TX (806) 358-7881
Hampton Inn And Suites6901 I-40 WAmarillo, TX (806) 467-9997
Hampton Inn East1700 Interstate 40 EAmarillo, TX (806) 372-1425
Heritage Inn Number Lxviii Limited Partnership8006 I-40 WestAmarillo, TX (806) 467-8954
Holiday Inn Express Amarillo3411 Ih-40 WestAmarillo, TX (806) 356-6800
Holiday Inn Express2806 Wolflin AveAmarillo, TX (806) 322-3050
Homewood Suites By Hilton8800 Interstate 40 WAmarillo, TX (806) 355-2222
La Quinta Amarillo West Medical Center2108 Coulter StAmarillo, TX (806) 352-6311
La Quinta Motor Inn #454 Amarillo1708 I-40 EastAmarillo, TX (806) 373-7486
Lakiva Hotel & Convention Center2501 I-40 EAmarillo, TX (806) 379-6555
Microtel Inn & Suites1501 South Ross StAmarillo, TX (806) 372-8373
Motel 6 #0072 Amarillo2032 Paramont BlvdAmarillo, TX (806) 355-6554
Motel 6 #0409 Amarillo3930 I-40 EastAmarillo, TX (806) 374-6444
Motel 6 #1146 Amarillo6030 Ih-40 WestAmarillo, TX (806) 359-7651
Motel 6 #1358 Amarillo4301 I-40 EastAmarillo, TX (806) 373-3045
Quality Inn & Suites6800 I-40 WAmarillo, TX (806) 358-7943
Quality Inns & Suites Amarillo1803 Lakeside DrAmarillo, TX (806) 335-1561
Ramada Limited1620 I-40 EastAmarillo, TX (806) 374-2020
Residence Inn Amarillo6700 I-40 WAmarillo, TX (806) 354-2978
Ritz Aiport Plaza & Convention Center7909 I40 EAmarillo, TX (806) 373-3303
Sleep Inn Airport Amarillo2401 I-40 EastAmarillo, TX (806) 372-6200
Travelodge East Amarillo3205 I-40 EAmarillo, TX (806) 372-8171
Holiday Inn Express2901 Fourth AveCanyon, TX17.3 mi.(806) 655-4445
Bed & Breakfast
Hudspeth House Bed & Breakfast1905 4TH AveCanyon, TX17.5 mi.(806) 655-9800

Amarillo Weather & Climate

The North-Central Panhandle of Texas is also known as the Panhandle Plains or Northern Plains. The climate is semi-arid or Continental Steppe. It's prone to drought and receives annually between 16 to 32 inches of precipitation. Summers are hot with clear skies. This climate is typical of interiors of continents and is characterized by large variations in the daily temperature extremes, low relative humidity, and irregularly spaced rainfall of moderate amounts. Winters are mild, although most winter nights, the temperature falls below the freezing mark. Being farthest from the Gulf of Mexico, this region is the coldest in the state. Tornadoes are very common, caused by the convergence of westerly and southerly prevailing winds, especially during late spring. Dust storms are also a possibility.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 22°F 0.63 in. -
February 54°F 27°F 0.55 in. -
March 62°F 33°F 1.13 in. -
April 70°F 41°F 1.33 in. -
May 78°F 51°F 2.50 in. -
June 87°F 61°F 3.28 in. -
July 91°F 65°F 2.68 in. -
August 88°F 63°F 2.94 in. -
September 81°F 56°F 1.88 in. -
October 71°F 44°F 1.50 in. -
November 58°F 31°F 0.68 in. -
December 49°F 24°F 0.61 in. -

Amarillo Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Rick Husband Amarillo International airport (AMA) located about 7 miles east of Amarillo, the Hutchinson County airport (BGD) located approximately 41 miles northeast of Amarillo in Borger, Texas, the Dimmitt Municipal airport (T55) located roughly 53 miles southwest of Amarillo in Marion, Texas, Perry Lefors Field (PPA) located around 54 miles east of Amarillo in Pampa, Texas, the Dalhart Municipal airport (DHT) located about 68 miles northwest of Amarillo in Dalhart, Texas, and finally the Hale County airport (PVW) located approximately 73 miles south of Amarillo in Plainview, Texas.

Amarillo Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wonderland Amusement ParkAmarilloTX 
Golf Courses
Comanche Trail Municipal Golf CourseAmarilloTX 
La Poloma Golf ClubAmarilloTX 
Preston West Par 3 Golf CourseAmarilloTX 
Ross Rogers Golf CourseAmarilloTX 
State Parks
Palo Duro State ParkTX22.4 mi. 
Amarillo Museum of ArtAmarilloTX(Art)

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