Showing posts from October, 2019

Downtown Canyon Texas

April 5, 2019 Some of the best adventures and discoveries on a vacation are when you take a detour. Sometimes you end up finding something totally unexpected. While in Canyon Dad and I were looking for the local post office when we came across the old courthouse and small downtown district. I love being in the heart of a small town and this one was no exception.  The first thing we noticed was the huge courthouse with an awesome looking statue out front. We decided to stop and get a closer look and ended up walking around the block. The road around the courthouse is still made of brick which adds to that old country town charm along with the many little shops and eateries across from the courthouse. One place in particular caught our attention so we decided to check it out. Located in a shopping strip directly across from the courthouse is the Rock and Roll Soda Shop. From the outside it doesn't look like much but when we walked inside we were taken back to the 19

Palo Duro Canyon - Canyon, Texas

April 5, 2019 The number one item on the bucket list for my Amarillo vacation was Palo Duro Canyon. I was here back in 2006 but I didn't stay long or even drive to the bottom of the canyon and my father was here back in the late 1950s and really wanted to go back because he didn't remember anything. Needless to say we were both excited to visit this Texas state park which is located just south of Amarillo in a small town called Canyon. This time around I was determined to do more than just visit the overlook... Palo Duro Canyon, also called the grand canyon of Texas, was formed by a river as it ran through the canyon slowly carving the beautiful geological formations that can be seen today. The second largest canyon in the US (the grand canyon is first) is roughly 120 miles long with an average width of 6 miles (20 miles at some locations) and a depth of around 820 feet which increases to 1000 feet at some points. A man made road takes you from the top of the canyon all

Panhandle Plains Historical Museum - Canyon, Texas

April 5, 2019 The next attraction on the list for my Amarillo trip is actually not in Amarillo but in a small town to the south called Canyon. This is where the largest history museum in Texas is located and being the history fanatic that I am I had to check it out. Also, my dad went on a school field trip here in the late 1950s and was very excited to come back and see all that has changed. Both Dad and I were happily surprised with just how awesome and well laid out this museum actually is. The Panhandle Plains Historical Society was founded in 1921 by students and faculty of the local college. In 1933 the museum opened at its current location and has since grown to house over 3 million artifacts including an entire town replica. This old pioneer town was the absolute best part of the museum! It was like stepping back in time and seeing just how people lived all those years ago. What would make this exhibit even better? Actors dressed in period costume! Someone should certainly

Big Texan Steak Ranch - Amarillo, Texas

April 4, 2019  Another attraction on the list for my Amarillo trip is Big Texan Steak Ranch. Even though it's a restaurant it is one of the most popular places to visit in Amarillo. Have you heard about the 72 ounce steak challenge? If you can eat a 72 ounce steak dinner within one hour you get the meal for free along with the recognition of beating the challenge. If you want to give it a try or watch someone else attempt it then this is the place to go. Opened in 1960 at its original location on Route 66 this restaurant attracted visitors from all over the country with its promise of great food and the chance to eat a free steak (if you win the challenge that is). The iconic long legged cowboy out front became a famous staple at the restaurant and is now recognized as the symbol of the Big Texan Restaurant. When Interstate 40 replaced route 66 in the 1970s a new building was purchased and the cowboy was brought from it's original location to the current one.

Cadillac Ranch Gift Shop - Amarillo, Texas

April 4, 2019 (Date I was Here) Down the road from Cadillac Ranch is a little gift shop where you can purchase both Cadillac Ranch and Route 66 memorabilia. I wrote about this place separately because it is a unique attraction all on it's own. Dad and I didn't know it was there until we were leaving Cadillac Ranch and saw the huge cowboy and restored Cadillacs out front. Of course we had to stop and check it out. After purchasing a few souvenirs from inside the gift shop we headed outside to get pictures with the huge cowboy. Talk about a unique photo opportunity! The cowboy statue is very large (I'm 5'3" and only came up to his knee) with the words 2nd amendment cowboy written across his chest. Behind him are 3 restored Cadillac's on ramps with dummies of famous people inside. Can you guess who they are? I'm so glad we stopped to get pictures. This was an attraction all on it's own and to us more interesting than Cadillac Ranch.