Panhandle Plains Vacation Rentals Deep in the Heart of Texas
The area of Texas known as the Panhandle Plains is a land proud of its Old West heritage. It is a starkly beautiful land, with stunning canyons and vast open country. The weather includes very hot summers and snowy winters, making it a perfect vacation area. Panhandle Plains lodging is easy to get to with flights to either Lubbock or Amarillo International airport which links to Houston, Denver and Las Vegas. By car, it is accessed by Interstates 20, 27 and 40, and US Highways 83, 84, 87 and 287. Alternative routes include US Highway 62 and 82. The best way to really explore all that the region has to offer is by car.
Panhandle Plains Vacation Houses Are Surrounded by Wild Beauty
Among the most popular sights to see around Panhandle Plains vacation rentals is Big Cross. This 190-foot high cross sits off Interstate 40, to the east of Amarillo. Also of interest for visitors is the Ritz Theater in the small, historic town of Wellington and the Playa Lakes, small ponds and lakes which form in natural hollows after heavy rain and can last for more than a year. Of course, Texas is famous for rodeos and almost every town in the Panhandle has its own yearly rodeo. The biggest is the Amarillo Tri-State Fair which takes place each September. One of the most famous attractions here is the remains of the world renowned Route 66 that used to be the main route through the region. Now, visitors come to see the famous Groom water tower and explore the old abandoned gas stations along the road. The road runs through many old Texas towns.
Visit the Old West, It Is Still Here
There are so many typically Texan small towns scattered around the area of Panhandle Plains vacation houses that visitors will be spoiled for choice. At Abilene, there is the Abilene and Forts Trail Visitor Center where you can learn more about this historic town. Nearby at Fort Phantom Hill and Buffalo Gap Historic Village visitors can wander the 1851 remains of this ghostly old Army Post. Among other attractions here are the Grace Museum, the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum and the zoo. The 1887 town of Amarillo attracts many visitors from around the world seeking the Old West. Things to do here include a trip to the world renowned Cadillac Ranch where car lovers are fascinated by the 10 "caddies" buried in the ground in homage to America’s obsession with the car. Nearby is part of the old Route 66. The area around the road has stores and restaurants.
Also here is Palo Duro, a 1,000-foot deep canyon of typical Texan size. It is impressively large! By far the best way to see the canyon is on horseback, bike or hiking through it. The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum has over three million artifacts to enjoy. Those seeking to learn more about the original inhabitants will want to explore the Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum where there are regular performances of ancient tribal dances. At sunset, head to Wildcat Bluff Nature Center just to watch the sun go down. One of the most popular museums here is in Midland, at the CAF Airpower Museum with its impressive collection of World War II memorabilia. The museum covers 100,000 square feet and includes hands-on exhibits and amazing displays. Visitors should not leave without visiting Lubbock, the birthplace of Buddy Holly, where there is a Center dedicated to his music. There is also the National Ranching Heritage Center, and Prairie Dog Town where visitors can see these elusive local creatures in their natural habitat.
Panhandle Plains Lodging with a Warm Texas Welcome Thrown In
Expect a typically Texan welcome at Panhandle Plains lodging, with a variety of luxuries thrown in. These homes come in a variety of sizes, from small cozy hideaway cabins for two to large spacious homes for a big family or group. Each has its own unique features, such as big screen TVs and entertainment systems.