For a small city in the middle of the Texas panhandle, Amarillo is packed full of Instagrammable corners and colorful backgrounds. The city’s location on historic Route 66 and a plethora of roadside attractions mean that there is absolutely no shortage of interesting photography locations in Amarillo.
If you’re looking for the most Instagrammable Amarillo photo spots, here’s where to look!
6th Street Historic District
Lined with boutiques, restaurants, antique shops, street art, and even a classic car or two, Amarillo’s 6th Street Historic District is one of the only remaining pieces of the original Route 66 in Texas, and it’s absolutely one of the most Instagrammable places in Amarillo!
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Looking for Art Deco architecture, historic churches, and interesting streets? Head downtown to take pictures in Amarillo!
Big Texan Steak Ranch
Open since 1960, the Big Texan Steak Ranch was Instagrammable for a solid 50+ years before Instagram became a thing, and it continues to draw eyes today.
With its distinct yellow color and an enormous amount of downright whimsical details (like a collection of cars with longhorns affixed to their front ends, to start), you can easily have a whole (quirky, kitschy) Amarillo photoshoot outside of Big Texan Steak Ranch.
Built in 1914, the beautiful Harrington House is a peek into Amarillo’s 20th century past, when cattle followed by oil and gas booms brought new wealth to the Texas panhandle. Its exterior is absolutely beautiful and perfect for photos!
A Route 66 classic, no list of the most Instagrammable spots in Amarillo would be complete without mentioning the iconic, colorful, and ever-changing Cadillac Ranch!
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Small but charming, the Amarillo Botanical Gardens make a lovely background for those looking for a garden vibe.
Palo Duro Canyon
The second-largest canyon in the USA is absolutely one of the best Amarillo photo spots.
For the iconic views, hike to the Lighthouse–but if you’d rather not sweat before snapping photos, the viewpoints are magnificent as well. Start at the visitor’s center for a stunning one!
Jack Sisemore RV Museum
For quirky photos of Amarillo with a slice of Americana, the historic RVs dating from the 1930s to the 1970s make excellent backgrounds.
Helium Time Columns Monument
With its long silver columns and the conveniently located platform beneath it (perfect for posing for photos), the Helium Time Columns Monument is a unique place to take pictures in Amarillo.
This dispersed art installation was once the largest urban art project in the world and is made up of thousands of painted-over road signs with somewhat nonsensical messages painted on them.
You can find the road signs all over Amarillo, but for the biggest concentration of them, head to Mariposa Eco-Village.
Ozymandias on the Plains
For an Instagrammable place in Amarillo that will elicit comments along the lines of “but… why?” you can’t beat a spray-painted pair of gigantic, disembodied legs.
VW Slug Bug Ranch
Dating to 2002, the VW Slug Bug Ranch is exactly what it sounds like: an ode to the more-famous Cadillac Ranch, but done with five VW Slug Bugs.
Another Cadillac-Ranch-inspired roadside attraction in Amarillo, Combine City buried retired tractors instead of cars.
Unfortunately, unlike at Cadillac Ranch and Slug Bug Ranch, you can’t approach the vehicles or spray paint anything–but it’s still quite the sight as far as roadside Amarillo attractions go!
Amarillo’s Painted Horses
Over 100 individual horse statues, each uniquely painted, can be found throughout Amarillo, and they make wonderful Amarillo photo spots!