Situated on the High Plains of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo, Texas is a gem waiting to be discovered! The seat of Potter County and the 14th largest city in Texas, Amarillo has a population of approximately 190,695 and encompasses four counties. Like most of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo's weather is semi-arid, which means low humidity and year-round warm weather, which makes Amarillo a very pleasant place to live!
Although Amarillo is most widely known as the home of Cadillac Ranch (10 Caddies planted nose down in the Texas soil) and the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center, the city has much more to offer.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy golfing at one of the many local courses; boating, hiking, camping, fishing and off-roading at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, located 40 miles from Amarillo; hiking and camping amidst the spectular vistas at Palo Duro Canyon State Park; or a leisurely stroll through the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. Amarillo also has a lot to cheer about for the sports fans - Texas AirHogs minor league baseball, Amarillo Bulls Hockey (NAHL), and the Amarillo Venom Lone Star football league - just to name a few!
For arts lovers, Amarillo will keep you entertained with opera, ballet, symphonies, live theater and art. A plethora of art galleries and studios representing more than 100 local artists, and a sculpture garden al fresco. The not-to-be-missed (because it's hard to miss!) Hoof Prints of the American Quarter Horse depicts over 100 colorful life size fiberglass replicas of American Quarter Horses created by local artists. The horses can be found standing guard across the city. Every fiberglass equine is an astounding work of art as a tribute to Amarillo's beloved Quarter Horse. The project is sponsored by the AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association). The American Quarter Horse is the largest equine breed registry and membership in the world and Amarillo is proud to be the home of the AQHA headquarters.
For the youth, and young at heart, Amarillo has a 15 acre zoo and Wonderland amusement park that is sure to engage the tots and teens. Families with school age children can rest assured their students will receive a solid education in Amarillo where public schools scored very well compared to other schools in the nation with a "good" rating from GreatSchools.com. Amarillo's secondary school choices include Amarillo College (community college), West Texas A&M, Texas Tech University, Milan Institute of Cosmetology and others.
Foodies can sink their teeth into some the best steaks and barbeque Texas has to offer and enjoy a variety of other dishes served up in Amarillo's 100+ eating establishments.
Amarillo is truly the yellow rose of Texas!