The Top 5 Things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia

Take a drive down memory lane…for the top 5 things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia.

Think you know Amarillo, Texas? Come along with me as I visit my hometown area and show you the top 5 things to do in Amarillo, Texas for nostalgia.

There’s more to do in Amarillo Texas than you would have imagined. I should know… I am from the area, but when I went back and did a lot of “top 10 things to do” within a few days, it certainly brought it all back into perspective.

Think you know Amarillo, Texas? Come along with me as I visit my hometown area and show you the top 5 things to do in Amarillo, Texas for nostalgia.

The Top 5 Things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia

Let me start out by saying I was invited by the AMA Tourism board to visit my home state of Texas for a Top to the Bottom tour of the state.  Amarillo is very near to my hometown of Pampa, Texas. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised as to how much fun I had. Sometimes when you think of your own hometown, it is hard to imagine that people would go there for a planned trip, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There were more fun things to do that I could have imagined.  A lot has changed since I spent my childhood in this area.

Think you know Amarillo, Texas? Come along with me as I visit my hometown area and show you the top 5 things to do in Amarillo, Texas for nostalgia.

The Top 5 Things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia

  1. Cadillac Ranch

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Come for a visit to one of the USA’s most popular roadside attractions: Sure, you can say what you want about Texans, but there are a quite a few eccentric ones with money. So what does an eccentric Texan like Stanley Marsh 3 (the son of an oil tycoon) do with his money?  Of course, he buys ten 1948-1963 tailfin Cadillac’s and half buries them nose first in the ground at a slant (52 degrees) corresponding to the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt! The Cadillac’s were buried in sequence from the oldest, 1949, to the newest, 1964. There are 10, each car representing the latest version of the famous Cadillac tail fin. Cadillac Ranch is not really a ranch, but an art installation! In my mind, it is iconic roadside Americana, representing the heyday of the Cadillac’s and is the very essence of the historic Route 66 which runs through Amarillo, although, it is located on I-40 today.

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And don’t forget to take a can of spray paint and your cell phone so you can splatter the cars with paint and take a selfie!

The Top 5 Things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia

  1. Jack Sizemore’s RV Museum

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The Sizemore family has been collecting vintage recreational vehicles (RV’s) for over 25 years and decided to open an RV Museum to house their collection behind the already existing RV sales business. This place is almost hidden, as many people I spoke to didn’t even know that it existed. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of wandering around this museum, where the Sizemore’s have one the oldest Airstreams in existence fro 1935. Plus, they have all kinds of different examples of RV’s ever made. Things like a 1941 Airstream, a 1937 Kozy Kamper, the oldest Fleetwood in existence, a 1946 Teardrop kit, and so many examples of 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s RVs with accessories! Interspersed among the RV’s are old soda fountain machines, vintage motorcycles, cars and a 50’s gas station that was replicated as the gas station that Mr. Sizemore used to own. This is worth every minute of stop for nostalgia!

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The Top 5 Things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia

  1. Bill’s Backyard Classics

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Another example of a wealthy Texan is Bill Caldwell…who started Bill’s Backyard Classics, a showroom floor, well actually two of them, crammed full of classic cars. Do you want to get nostalgic about the good ole’ days?  Well, Bill’s Backyard Classics has vehicles that take you back in time. In fact, on my recent visit, he had over 171 classic vehicles! Those include cars and trucks, all kinds of makes and models that span the years of the1920’s to as new as 2012. They even have Model A’s (from 1928), street rods, military jeeps, power wagons, corvettes, and rows and rows of Cadillac’s from the 1950’s and 1960’s. They say that Cadillac Ranch has nothing on them!

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The Top 5 Things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia

  1. The Big Texan

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Home of the famous and free 72 oz. steak, as everything is BIGGER in Texas and this place is the epitome of that slogan! Come on over to a steakhouse, motel, Texas-shaped swimming pool, magic and music shows, casino, ice cream parlor, gift shop conglomerate complete with 10 longhorn Cadillac limos to bring you there and home of a future zip line! Where in one pit stop, you can see it all and enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere of the BIG TEXAN steakhouse! Do you want a free steak? Well, the meal consists of the 72 oz. steak, shrimp cocktail, a baked potato, a salad, and a bread roll. You have one hour to finish it all on an elevated stage with a timer, but if you can’t finish in time, it will only cost you $72.00! I even remember when I was a kid, there used to be a field beside the BIG TEXAN where the buffalo that they served would graze (they got rid of them a long time ago according to owner Danny Lee and no longer serve buffalo).

Think you know Amarillo, Texas? Come along with me as I visit my hometown area and show you the top 5 things to do in Amarillo, Texas for nostalgia.

The Top 5 Things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia

  1. Historic Route 66

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Who would have thought that Route 66 started (or ended) right here in Amarillo, Texas in the San Jacinto neighborhood near 6th Avenue between Georgia and Forrest Avenue? For more than 13 blocks you will find some pretty quirky places along this stretch of Historic Route 66—like the Lile Gallery, where Bob “Crocodile” Lile produces jewelry from broken Cadillac Ranch car pieces! But there are also a few honkey tonks, antique stores, and good old fashioned Mexican dive joints – Los Braceros for your eating pleasure! Of course, there is lots of eye candy for the folks looking for nostalgia in this area of Route 66. This area boasts design standards from Spanish Revival to Art Modern and Art Deco, representing a nostalgic time and evolving American tastes and culture.

Think you know Amarillo, Texas? Come along with me as I visit my hometown area and show you the top 5 things to do in Amarillo, Texas for nostalgia.

Think you know Amarillo, Texas? Come along with me as I visit my hometown area and show you the top 5 things to do in Amarillo, Texas for nostalgia.

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Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, I was provided with accommodations, meals and other compensation for the purposes of review by the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council. While it has not influenced my review, I believe in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

2017-07-23T21:43:30+00:00

36 Comments

  1. Cacinda Maloney May 18, 2017 at 9:52 am

    hello

  2. Cacinda Maloney May 18, 2017 at 9:52 am

    hello

  3. Donnie Sexton May 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Always wanted to visit the Cadillac Ranch – great shots!

    • Cacinda Maloney May 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Yes, this is a must do stop! Unfortunately the day we were there it began to rain and there was a horrible storm coming in, so I was lucky I got the shots I did before it poured down rain. I did get wet in the process! I have more shots, so will soon write about it!

  4. Catherine Sargent May 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    These all look like great ideas. If I am ever in the area, I would love to check out the Cadillac Ranch.

  5. Stacie Connerty May 18, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I really had no idea that there was so much old school amazing in Amarillo. We have to take a trip there!

  6. Vera Sweeney May 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Oh cool! After reading this post, all I can hear is George Strait singing his song. LOL

  7. mitch May 18, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I love that big chair! And I had no idea that there was so much to do here, thanks for the info!

    • Cacinda Maloney May 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      In a way, me either, until I did it all at once! Plus there is a whole bunch more that I didn’t even mention! More to come on that subject!

  8. Pam Wattenbarger May 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    My son would like the 72 ounce steak meal at the Big Texan. I doubt he’d be able to finish it but I am sure he would try.

    • Cacinda Maloney May 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      The night I was there, three people tried, no one succeeded.

  9. Tracey May 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I don’t know what it is, but I really want to go to that RV museum! It looks so cool.

  10. Guru May 19, 2017 at 5:25 am

    The information you shared in this blog is really interesting.

  11. Toni Locavore May 19, 2017 at 5:57 am

    These are awesome! I didn’t know there were a lot of fun activities you could do in Amarillo, Texas! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Stacy Seattle May 19, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Some of the wealthy Texans sure did know how to whoop up the attractions!
    I am a fan of RV’s and would like to see that exhibit.

  13. Crystal May 19, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Those cars! I totally remember them, but couldn’t remember where they were.

  14. Amanda Love May 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    It’s been quite some time since I last set food in Texas. These are all pretty cool ideas!

  15. Carol Cassara May 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I would love to drop by Texas again just to explore and get lost in some of these places. I think it’s pretty cool!

    • Cacinda Maloney May 19, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      It is worth passing through for sure!

  16. Beeb Ashcroft May 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I have a friend who is in love with this city. She always makes me jealous every time she goes.

  17. Wendy Polisi May 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    That seems like one amazing place to visit. From the comments, it sounds like you’re not the only one who enjoyed it.

  18. Our Family World May 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I have always dreamed of owning an RV so I guess I would love to visit the RV museum! Oh my goodness, those old RVs are so tiny, and yet it served its purpose at that time!

    • Cacinda Maloney May 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Yes! Love the RV museum, so much fun!

  19. Annemarie LeBlanc May 20, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Those vintage cars at Bill’s Backyard Classics are a must see! I can’t believe they are in mint condition after all these years! I’d also like to have a photo-shoot on Route 66 and savor the famous Texas steaks.

    • Cacinda Maloney May 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      You are right about Bill’s Backyard Classic! It is all good in Amarillo, Texas!

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