Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo, Texas

TexasRoadside Attraction

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is one of the most recognizable roadside attractions on Route 66. The art installation consists of ten Cadillac cars, all half buried, nose down in the dirt, slanted and standing in a row. Each one is a different model, spanning from a 1949 Club Sedan to a 1963 Sedan de Ville.

The Texas roadside attraction is located on historic Route 66 (and modern day I-40) and has been attracting visitors since 1974. Originally the cars were located two miles east but, as Amarillo grew and property became prime, it was dug up and replanted in 1997.

Cadillac Ranch was made by The Ant Farm, a San Francisco media-based collective founded by Chip Lord (1944) and Doug Michels (1943 – 2003). Sponsored by Texas millionaire Stanley Marsh 3, the cars were meant to both perplex locals and serve as tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tailfin.

It’s hard to believe the cars in this Cadillac graveyard ever had a standard factory-issue paint job because one of the signatures that brings this attraction to life is now spray paint. Visitors are encouraged to bring a can (or several cans) of spray paint and add their own touches to the cars. They each wear an ever-changing coat of paint that looks completely different from sunset to sunrise each day.

In September 2019, an arsonist set fire to the oldest of the cars. Luckily no structural damage was had to the vintage Cadillac though it is in noticeably worse wear than the others.

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Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Cadillac Ranch

5 based on 1 reviews

Address:
13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

Phone Number:
(833) 330-2650

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Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Cadillac Ranch is one of the most popular Route 66 roadside attractions. Prepare for there to be crowds. Try to schedule your visit for earlier or later in the day and avoid weekends if you can.
  • Be respectful and leave nothing behind but art! If you bring spray paint to leave your own mark don’t leave the can behind.
  • Parking is available roadside, find a spot wherever you can.
  • There’s a trailer selling souvenirs on site so stop by for a magnet or t-shirt to commemorate your visit.

Where to Stay Near Cadillac Ranch

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Route 66 hotels in Amarillo, Texas.

Big Texan Motel

The Big Texan Steak Ranch is best known for its 72-ounce steak challenge. Whether you try to beat the clock for a free meal or not, you can mosey on over across the parking lot to extend your visit at the Big Texan Motel. Attached to the world famous steakhouse, the Big Texan Motel in Amarillo, Texas features 54 units and a Western theme.

The Barfield

The only full-service boutique hotel in Amarillo, The Barfield is housed in the historic Barfield building in the heart of downtown Amarillo. The hotel’s 112 accommodations, feature custom-designed furnishings and luxurious finishes. Enjoy high-speed WiFi, Smart TVs, ergonomic workspaces, and an in-room refreshment center.

Atrea Inn

Atrea Inn is a charming farmhouse boutique hotel. Conveniently located near I-40 and a short drive to the Route 66 historic district in Amarillo, this property boasts a family-friendly courtyard with BBQ pits and a morning breakfast to prepare you for the day on the road.

Enhance your visit to Amarillo with a tour! Whether you love the outdoors, walking tours, or family-friendly adventures, there are plenty of options for everyone.

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1 Review of Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

  1. Cadillac Ranch is always a fun stop on Route 66! It’s always been super crowded when I get there so hopefully next time I’ll find an “off” time without as many people (good luck to me!).

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