Amarillo, which means "yellow" in Spanish, offers wide, open spaces, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Amarillo is the gateway to Palo Duro Canyon, America's second largest canyon. Native Americans, conquistadors, buffalo hunters, settlers, cowboys, lawmen, gunfighters and the railroad all contributed to the development of the area, and that heritage is still felt. The Madame Queen vintage locomotive is on display downtown. Today, the city offers accommodations, symphony, ballet, theater, opera, golf, Amarillo College and major rodeo events.
The Big Texan Steak Ranch is known nationwide for a 72-ounce steak dinner offered free to anyone who can eat the entire meal in one hour. More than 140,000 people have taken the challenge and almost 10,000 have succeeded. www.bigtexan.com.