Top things to do in Panhandle Plains

Top Choice Steak in Amarillo

Big Texan Steak Ranch

A classic, hokey Route 66 roadside attraction, the Big Texan made the move when I-40 opened in 1971 and has never looked back. Stretch-Cadillac limos with steer-horn hood ornaments offer free shuttles to and from ar…
Top Choice Monument in Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch

To millions of people whizzing across the Texas Panhandle each year, the Cadillac Ranch, also known as Amarillo’s ‘Bumper Crop,’ is the ultimate symbol of the US love affair with wheels. A salute to Route 66 and the…
Top Choice Museum in Turkey

Bob Wills Museum

‘As heaven would miss the stars above. With every heartbeat I still think of you,’ sang Bob Wills in his iconic ‘Faded Love.’ One of the most important Texas musicians, his life is recalled at the eponymous museum. …
Top Choice Museum in Lubbock

Buddy Holly Center

A huge version of Holly's trademark horn-rims mark the Buddy Holly Center. The center is home to the Buddy Holly Gallery; a room devoted to the man with those glasses and pristine teeth. The gallery includes some of…
Top Choice Historic Site in San Angelo

Fort McKavett State Historical Park

General William Tecumseh Sherman once called this fort along the San Saba River ‘the prettiest post in Texas.’ Today, Fort McKavett State Historical Park, about 65 miles southeast of San Angelo, preserves the striki…
Top Choice Museum in Abilene

Frontier Texas!

Reason enough to stop if you're any place near Abilene, Frontier Texas! makes 100 years of frontier history (1780–1880) possibly more interesting than the real thing. The museum also serves as the main visitor infor…
Top Choice Park in Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The multihued canyon was created by the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River, a long name for a little river. The over 26,000 acres that make up the park attract hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers eager …
Top Choice Museum in Midland

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

This museum is worth a stop even if you're not utterly fascinated with the oil business, for it's as much a history and geology museum as a shrine to the prominent local industry (it has a hall of fame and an ironic…
Top Choice Deli in San Angelo

Peasant Village Restaurant

Casual for lunch, luxe for dinner. Located in a beautiful 1920s house near downtown, this refined restaurant is just the place if you'd like some fine wine to go with a meal from a menu that changes with the seasons…
Top Choice Museum in Canyon

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

The many ways to skin a buffalo is but one of the myriad highlights of this magnificent museum, a Texas plains must-see. You can hit the highlights in an hour or easily lose a day.