Rising up from the Texas Panhandle is the historic “Yellow Rose of Texas,” Amarillo. While boasting a robust urban center, Amarillo is also home to cattle ranches, America’s favorite highway Route 66, and native, untouched landscapes underneath its famous wide open skies. Whether it is the stars or a hip city with an old story that calls to you, hotels and adventures are abundant.
Travelers in search of urban fun with Amarillo flair, stick just west of Downtown Amarillo. Hotels in all price ranges will keep you near the action. This includes a show at the oldest theater in the country, Amarillo Little Theatre, a stroll through the Amarillo Museum of Arts,, reminiscing days gone by along the U.S. Route 66-Sixth Street Historic District, the best burger in town at Blue Sky, or the most authentic Mexican dish at El Tejavan. All these can be found just around the corner.
Outdoor adventurers should head south to rest in the neighboring city of Canyon, near Palo Duro Canyon. The 29,000 acre national park boasts the second largest canyon system in the United States for the enjoyment of hikers, bikers, photographers and wildlife spotters alike. Visit Lighthouse Rock with its six-mile trail loop and enjoy outdoor shows at the Pioneer Amphitheatre, all within the park limits.
If you are bringing the family, head north of downtown for accommodation near the Amarillo Zoo or Wonderland Amusement Park. A 15-minute drive southwest will land you at the Don Herrington Discovery Center for rainy day science learning, after which you can swing by the vibrant, graffiti styled auto installation at the Cadillac Ranch. Alternatively, a 15-minute drive southeast will put you at the wet and wild Splash Amarillo water park.
Amarillo has 14 3 star hotels conveniently located along Interstate 40, the main highway running east to west through the city. Popular attractions can quickly be reached thanks to access through this highway.
The 3 star hotels in Amarillo are affordable and comfortable. Most of the hotels offer free breakfast or at the very least have restaurant, bar and room service options for dining onsite. Rooms are standard, featuring flat screen televisions, free toiletries, hair dryers, coffee makers, and often microwaves and refrigerators. Extra amenities may include indoor pools, 24-hour fitness centers, free parking, airport shuttles, and business hotel features depending on the specific accommodation. In addition, two of the hotels are pet friendly.
Amarillo can be reached by air via the Clovis Municipal Airport or the Rick Husband Intl Amarillo Airport. Clovis Municipal Airport is located in New Mexico, approximately 1.5 hours southwest from Amarillo. This small, public airport is for general aviation use but also serves the commercial line Boutique Air, which flies out of Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas. To ease early morning or late night flight arrivals and departures, reserve a room at one of the hotels near Clovis Municipal Airport.
The Rick Husband Intl Amarillo Airport is only six miles east of downtown Amarillo and sees incoming flights from various Texas airports as well as Las Vegas and Colorado. With easy access to I-40, this airport is convenient for navigating to most hotels in the city. If you prefer to stick extra close to the airport, these hotels near Rick Husband International Amarillo Airport fit a wide range of budgets, many also offering free airport shuttles.