Texas Panhandle

Travel Guide – Panhandle

The Texas Panhandle is called so because it looks like a handle sticking out from a pot or pan. The landscape of the panhandle is very flat, and dominated by the agricultural and petroleum industries. There are some intriguing attractions to be found in this area, including Adobe Walls, an ancient spanish trading post, as well as Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.
A quarter of the panhandle is comprised of the Llano Estacado, which represents one of the largest flatland areas in the world. Within the Llano Estacdo is Lubbock, the birthplace and home of Buddy Holly. The panhandle offers such entertainments as golfing and fishing at Lake Meredith, a great spot for anglers. The Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailways is a great way to explore the landscape around the panhandle. The park includes a 64 mile trail converted from a train track that crosses 46 bridges and runs through the Clarity Tunnel, one of the last active railroad tunnels in Texas. Visitors can ride bikes, rent horses at the local dude ranch, and check out the official Texas State Bison Herd, whose home is in Caprock. If the wilderness is not what you are looking for, Lubbock offers some great activities, like Texas Water Rampage, which has a 9000 sq. foot wave pool, two water slides and more. Wonderland amusement Park in Amarillo is home to the Texas Tornado roller coaster and other thrill rides. Also in Amarillo, check out the Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum, which hosts live dance performances during the summer months.