Association Leadership - January/February 2016 - (Page 27)

DE ST I NAT ION PL A N N E R AMARILLO, TEXAS- Cadillacs, Canyons & Cowboys P heritage and modern activities of the American Quarter Horse. Another venerable form of Texas transportation is the Cadillac. A unique tribute to this Texas icon welcomes travelers approaching Amarillo from the west on Interstate 40. It's the one-and-only Cadillac Ranch-10 Cadillacs buried nose down in a field at the same angle as the Cheops Pyramid. This "bumper crop" is one of the most asked-about attractions in town. Speaking of unique attractions, the Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery certainly qualifies. Where else on the planet can you get a free 72-oz. steak? All you have to do is eat the whole thing with all the trimmings in less than an hour. Other great Amarillo attractions include the Amarillo Botanical gardens, with a tropical plant conservatory; Amarillo Museum of Art, with a wide variety of items in its collection; Don Harrington Discovery Center, a fine educational facility for all ages; Wonderland Amusement Art, routinely named a great amusement park experience; Splash Amarillo, the only water park in the Texas Panhandle. No trip to Texas would be complete without rubbing elbows with Texas cattlemen at the Amarillo Livestock Auction, the largest in Texas. In business since 1939, more than 100,000 head of cattle pass through the auction each year. Be sure your plans include lunch at the Stockyards Café-the steaks are delicious and the price is right. After seeing the cowboys, take in the Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian and enjoy the world renowned Kwahadi Indian Dancers. They perform most summer weekends and have special performances in the fall and winter. You can even "get your kicks on Route 66." Over one mile of antiques and collectibles await the visitor along Historic Route 66. Buildings that once housed theaters, cafes and drug stores are now quaint antique, craft and specialty shops. It is this intriguing combination of the old and the new that has made Amarillo the most visited tourist center on the Texas High Plains. ● To learn more, go to Read the digital version at 27 SPONSORED CONTENT alo Duro Canyon has been described as a 120-mile-long, 800-foot-deep, copper-colored smile that dramatically illuminates the face of the Texas Panhandle. Palo Duro Canyon is a geological surprise that has been 90 million years in the making. It's a surprise because it literally bushwhacks travelers as they make their way across the face of the Texas Plains. Just when you're convinced that the earth really is flat, there it is, "The Grand Canyon of Texas." Described as "a brilliantly colored sculpture of ravines, cliffs, hoodoos (fantastically shaped rock pillars), pinnacles, and mesas," Palo Duro Canyon is more than just another pretty face. The 26,000-acre Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a favorite recreation and camping area for nearly half a million visitors each year with miles of picturesque hiking and biking trails. The epic outdoor theatre TEXAS, performed in a natural amphitheater on the floor of the canyon, last year welcomed visitors from around the world and every state in the nation. Lest you get the impression that Amarillo is a one-attraction town, let's saddle up and take the nickel tour of Amarillo and the area. The American Quarter Horse Association, headquartered in Amarillo, has created a truly world-class facility-The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum. Entertaining exhibits, hands-on displays and captivating video productions showcase the rich

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Association Leadership - January/February 2016

Communicating on Common Ground
Focus Pocus: The Magic of Single-Mindedness
Connect Texas Recap
Safe & Sound: Meeting Security in Today’s World

Association Leadership - January/February 2016