Are you ready to experience “the real Texas?” If so, Amarillo is the place to be. The largest city in Texas on Route 66, you will find a number of cafes, restaurants and antique shops on this old, yet historic stretch of highway. While the stereotype of big steaks and big spaces fits, there is much more to Amarillo than you may think.
Amarillo is in the center of the Texas Panhandle, in a unique location where the vast desert meets the rolling plains. Called home by 196,429 residents, Amarillo is referred to “the real Texas” because of the open spaces and large number of ranches that are still in the area today.
Due to the population gains, the downtown area of Amarillo has been developed significantly to offer a number of modern amenities. The primary industries in Amarillo include food processing, agriculture, and defense related manufacturing. In fact, these industries help to support the workforce with 67.6% of residents over the age of 16 being employed. Also, due to the large, spacious land found in Amarillo, the average time spent on the road to work each day is 17.7 minutes, well below the national average.
Amarillo is also home to a number of historical and cultural sites including the 1,000-foot deep Palo Duro Canyon, and the famous Cadillac Ranch where you wouldn’t want to miss the magnificent sunsets.