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The Amarillo, TX Area

Amarillo is the 14th-most populous city in the state of Texas, in the United States. It is also the largest city in the Texas Panhandle, and the seat of Potter County. The city originally was called Oneida, later changing its name to Amarillo, which derives from yellow wildflowers that were plentiful during the spring and summer and the nearby Amarillo Lake and Amarillo Creek, flaunting yellow soil along their banks and shores (Amarillo is the Spanish word for the color yellow).

Amarillo is located near the middle of the Texas Panhandle, and does not share similar weather characteristics with south and east Texas. The region's surface is relatively flat and has little soil drainage. Much of the rainfall evaporates, infiltrates into the ground, or accumulates in playa lakes. Amarillo sits closer in proximity to the Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado state capitals than it does to Austin. 

Hotel Services & Amenities

The La Quinta Inn and Suites Amarillo Airport provides spacious affordable rooms with many useful amenities including flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming, with an easy-access Plug-and-Play feature which makes it simple to connect electronics, free high-speed Internet access, a business center, a coffee maker, and hair dryer.

Cool off with a swim in our outdoor sparkling pool. Did I mention that pets are welcome (pet fees apply at a rate of $20 per day not to exceed $40 per stay)? Don’t forget to join us in the morning for a wonderful complimentary Brightside breakfast which offers both hot and cold food choices.

Attractions in Amarillo

While enjoying your stay in Amarillo, there are lots of historic attractions for touring. The Big Texan Steak Ranch offers a free 72-ounce steak to anyone who is able to eat it in 1 hour. The restaurant’s giant cowboy, now an historical icon, was moved by helicopter from its original location on the Mother Road (Route 66) to its current home on Interstate 40.

You can’t miss out on visiting the Cadillac Ranch! It’s not really a ranch, but a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs: the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.