Amarillo is the fourteenth largest city in Texas and one of the happiest places in America, according to WalletHub. No wonder one of Amarillo’s nicknames is “the friendly city.”
But folks don’t visit Amarillo just for its people. The place is also known for its unusual attractions that a lot of people come to see each year. If you are into cars, weird exhibits, and fascinating illusions, you have clicked on the right article. Here’s a list of four weird things to see and discover while you are in Amarillo.
Cadillac Ranch is a must-see art installation and sculpture in a Texas field in Amarillo. This unusual installation was built in 1974 by a local artist and prankster Stanley Marsh, who died in 2014. When he was asked about his work, Stanley said, “Art is a legalized form of insanity, and I do it very well.”
The fascinating art piece consists of ten Cadillac cars that are half-buried, covered in graffiti, and positioned nose-down. If you plan on going to see the installation, don’t forget to bring your own spray paint. Visitors at Cadillac Ranch are encouraged to add more graffiti on the cars. So don’t hesitate on buying some cans before you go for a visit.
Another sculpture by Stanley Marsh called the Floating Mesa is a piece that makes it look like the top part of the mesa is floating in the sky. The line blends in perfectly with the sky, and that’s why it works. Unfortunately, the illusion can only be seen on one side, but it is nonetheless a pretty cool and unique thing to go see.
Consider booking a hotel in Amarillo that is located conveniently near these and other locations on the list. That way, you can take your time and see more than you could during a day trip or pit stop.
Jack Sisemore RV Museum
Jack Sisemore’s museum defines nostalgia! It’s a museum that started collecting vintage RVs from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s over 25 years ago. The museum is completely free to visit and is open on Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get ready to step back in time, but beware! After visiting the museum, you might get hit by the RV bug and find yourself shopping around for a new camper. You have been warned!
Although Combine City is a similar sight to Cadillac Ranch, it’s still a must-see off Route 66. Instead of Cadillacs, you will get to see 14 combines that are a little buried, but not half-way, because the farmer who had the idea wanted it to look like the combines are planted instead of buried. The combines are massive, and if you are interested in farming, then this will definitely catch your attention.
Unfortunately, at Combine City, you aren’t able to spray paint the combines. The cans you have left from visiting Cadillac Ranch should be left behind.
The list of fun and weird things to do and see in Amarillo goes on and on. With so many things to explore, this city is a fascinating place to visit, whether you plan to spend a few hours or a few days.