West Texas and the Panhandle

We’ve compiled the best of the best in West Texas and the Panhandle - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Fort Davis National Historic Site

    Information Center

    The fort for which the city of Fort Davis is named is a serious history lesson on the region from the late 1800s, with exhibits and many original...Read More

  • 2. McDonald Observatory Visitors Center


    Check out exhibits, examine sunspots and flares safely via film, or peer into the workings of giant research telescopes. Guided bus tours of...Read More

  • 3. Mission Ysleta

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Around 1681, Spanish refugees from the Pueblo Revolt in and around Santa Fe established this ysleta (small island) mission. Like other old missions...Read More

  • 4. 6th Street Historic District on Route 66


    Along the 2,400-mile stretch of America's first highway, the section that passes through Amarillo is still bustling with more than 100 home...Read More

  • 5. Amarillo Museum of Art


    Tucked away on the campus of Amarillo College, this cozy three-floor museum has a generous range of art in its permanent collection, which has...Read More

  • 6. American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum


    Whether you like signature architecture, appreciate Western art, or just love horses, you'll enjoy this museum, which showcases stars of the...Read More

  • 7. Ballroom Marfa


    The town may be three hours from the nearest commercial airport, but Ballroom Marfa is smack-dab in the middle of the world of contemporary...Read More

  • 8. Cadillac Ranch

    Local Interest–Sight

    If you've ever had the urge to spray paint graffiti, but don't want to end up in court, this is the place for you. You can simply view this...Read More

  • 9. Chamizal National Memorial

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    In 1964 nearly a century of dispute between Texas and Mexico, caused by the shifting banks of the Rio Grande, came to an end. Both the United...Read More

  • 10. Chinati Foundation


    With one of the largest permanent installations of contemporary art in the world, the Chinati Foundation displays works by American minimalist...Read More

  • 11. Cobra Rock Boot Company


    It takes cobblers Colt Miller and Logan Caldbeck four days to make a single pair of their superhip, square-toe, lace-up, South Highland leather...Read More

  • 12. El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens


    Located in Keystone Heritage Park, these gardens juxtapose the exotic—an Asian-style koi pond and little waterfall—with native cacti and other...Read More

  • 13. El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens


    Located in Keystone Heritage Park, these gardens juxtapose the exotic—an Asian-style koi pond and little waterfall—with native cacti and other...Read More

  • 14. El Paso Museum of Art


    The museum features a striking array of Spanish and native art, from Picasso and Goya to Southwest artists Tom Lea and Henrietta Wyeth....Read More

  • 15. Franklin Mountains State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Within the park's 37 square mi are hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback-riding trails, all offering amazing views of the city below. Plans...Read More

  • 16. Hueco Tanks Historic Site

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This park, named after natural, water-holding stone basins called huecos, is internationally renowned for its rock climbing and is a big draw...Read More

  • 17. Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum


    More than 15,000 people signed the guest register in 2013 to see this nostalgic collection of 25 recreational vehicles, lovingly restored over...Read More

  • 18. Magoffin Home State Historical Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This 19-room Territorial-style adobe home near downtown El Paso was erected in 1875 by early El Paso pioneer Joseph Magoffin, and occupied by...Read More

  • 19. Marfa Book Company


    While you won't get served coffee or wine here, you will find a tribe of Mabookco (Marfa Book Company) groupies who like to hang inside this...Read More

  • 20. Marfa Lights

    Local Interest–Sight

    Every town has its legends, and Marfa is no exception: if you come here, you must go see the Marfa Lights—visible most often 9 miles east...Read More

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