Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, Texas

April 4, 2019 (Date I was here)

The first trip on my bucket list is Amarillo, Texas. I've been here once many years ago but I was driving through to see Palo Duro Canyon and didn't get to stop and see anything the city had to offer. I decided to remedy that and plan a 3 day mini trip here. Also, my dad lived here for about a year when he was a child and has always said he wanted to go back one day so I made that possible for him.

The first attraction in Amarillo on the list is Cadillac Ranch. This is a public art piece featuring 10 half buried Cadillacs from the years 1949-1963. This art piece was created in 1974 but was moved to its current location in 1997. Graffiti is encouraged here with a local gift shop even selling spray paint. This attraction helped bring in visitors to the growing city of Amarillo including my dad and I.

After driving down a frontage road next to interstate 40 we saw the cars in the distance. We were able to park close to the entrance gate which saved our steps since it's about 200 feet or so to the cars. The smell of spray paint was very strong and we could smell this long before reaching the Cadillac's. We unfortunately forgot to get spray paint so we couldn't tag a message but we were able to pose with the cars and take lots of pictures. I wouldn't say it was the best experience of our Amarillo trip but it was a very unique attraction and I'm glad I got to see it at least once.

Sadly, in September 2019 vandals set the oldest Cadillac on fire destroying this unique work of art. The owners say the structural integrity of the Cadillac is still in tact so hopefully it can be repaired so future generations can enjoy this place. This is one reason I tell everyone to go see things before they are gone. Nothing will last forever so the time to travel is now!

Things To Know:
- This attraction is FREE
- Don't forget spray paint
- Slight walk from roadway
- Must see attraction

Until the next adventure,

Melanie ❤

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