'Lubbock or leave it' sing the Dixie Chicks, but this seemingly characteristic bit of Texas bravado isn't what it seems, as the song includes sardonic lines such as 'Got more churches than trees.' And while you'll see plenty of steeples on the horizon, what will really strike you about west Texas' liveliest city is its celebration of life beyond cotton and cows.
Buddy Holly grew up in Lubbock and the town celebrates his legacy in both attractions and an entire entertainment district. It's possible to still find the rockabilly sound that Holly made famous. The other big sound happens on fall weekends when the roar of fans at sport-mad Texas Tech football games can stop a tumbleweed in its tracks.
Lubbock is known as 'Hub City' because so many major highways meet here.