Educational attractions in the Texas Panhandle.

By Travel & Leisure
February 21, 2012
Courtesy of the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council

The gently rolling prairies of the Texas Panhandle are chockablock with Wild West activities. Amarillo, in Northern Texas, has a legendary frontier past that’s softened into several museums and amphitheaters and a year-round livestock auction. No visit here is complete without a trip to a steakhouse, where your reputation grows alongside the size of the cut of meat you order off the no-nonsense menu.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Learn about the region’s heritage at this North Texas museum.

Amarillo Livestock Auction

Every Tuesday year-round, you can also watch cattlemen ply their trade

Pioneer Amphitheater

Watch Texas, an epic outdoor musical dramatizing Lone Star State history, in Palo Duro Canyon’s dramatic Pioneer Amphitheater.

Big Texan Steak Ranch

If you manage to finish the 72-ounce steak dinner in an hour, it’s free (otherwise it costs $72). There’s also more reasonably priced (and sized) cowboy fare, like fried rattlesnake and fried mountain oysters.

Parkview House B&B

You’ll find convivial hosts, frilly furnishings, and reasonable rates at the Victorian inn, set among rose gardens and grape arbors.