Amarillo, Texas By Joey Salvucci

Amarillo has several notable attractions, but for us it’s all about the Big Texan Steak Ranch (shown here), where Tom has challenged me to eat a 72 ounce steak dinner (which I accepted). This meal is “free” if you finish the whole thing – steak, potato, salad, roll, and shrimp cocktail. I put “free” in parentheses not because I won’t finish, but because after I do, I am sure to be paying dearly in one form or another.

Following my meal, we could camp in the second largest canyon system on the U.S. after the Grand Canyon – the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, but we won’t be. After a dinner like this, I refuse to stay any place without a good air conditioning system and toilet.  More likely, Sarah and Tom will roll me from the steak house to the Big Texan Motel next door.  Here are some of the other attractions that we’ll be seeing, with time (and bowels) permitting.

-Cadillac Ranch (at left)

-Route 66 Historic District

-Amarillo Museum of Art

-Wildcat Bluff Nature Center

-Elkins Ranch

(From top) Photo by Joe Jansen; photo by Stan Crump courtesy Palo Duro Canyon State Park; photo by lumierefl courtesy