Picture yourself on the Texas frontier—are you an intrepid explorer, rappelling through canyons to map the uncharted terrain? Perhaps you’re the independent cowboy, roaming the earth in search of excitement. In Amarillo, you can become these iconic symbols, whether you’re exploring “The Grand Canyon of Texas” or living like a rancher for a day. Take a trek through the real Texas with your Amarillo car rental and discover freedom as endless as the Panhandle Plains.
Flights to Amarillo’s International Airport land 9 miles from the city center. Once you pick up your truck or car rental in Amarillo, your opportunities are limitless. Just 25 miles outside the city is Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second-largest canyon in the United States. Make the hike to the iconic Lighthouse, the park’s most interesting rock formation. Enjoy the breathtaking interplay of light and color as the fiery reds and oranges of the landscape change with the rising sun; you may even see sly coyotes or speedy roadrunners in this remarkable desert environment. Then climb down to the canyon floor to see its diverse floral array, from sunflowers to prickly pear cactus. On the way out, visit Elkins Ranch, a working cattle ranch along part of the lower canyon. Travel back in time with horseback rides and authentic chuck wagon meals of smoked ribs and cowboy coffee.
The steep mesas and wide open spaces of the Panhandle inspired celebrated landscape artist Georgia O’Keeffe to call Texas her “spiritual home.” You’ll find your own inspiration when you search Travelocity’s cheap rental cars in Amarillo. Plus, you won’t have to sleep under the stars with our Amarillo hotel deals; bundle and save when you book your hotel and airfare together. We’re your ace in the hole for your Old West adventure.