Texas Bucket List ~ Panhandle Plains Region

Our second to last Texas Bucket List takes us to the Panhandle of Texas.


  • Abilene State Park: Features a historic water tower.
  • National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature: Kid lit is my favorite, so this is a must!


  • Cadillac Ranch: The famous Cadillacs stuck in the dirt to form art.


  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park: Referred to “the Grand Canyon of Texas.”


  • Hilton Museum: The hotel that became the first in the Hilton chain.


  • Bar H Dude Ranch: Ranch that offers chuck wagon meals.


  • “Old Rip” The Horned Toad: Old Rip survived in the courthouse cornerstone for several years.
  • Post Office Mural: Shows the history of the post office.


  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument: This area provided materials for prehistoric people.
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area: Area also features canyons.


  • Replica of World’s Tallest Windmill: Rebuilt after the largest was blown down.


  • American Wind Power Center: Museum features the largest windmill collection in the world.

Mineral Wells

  • Famous Mineral Water Company: Only company that still bottles deep-well mineral water.
  • National Vietnam War Museum: Site reflects on the Vietnam War.


  • National Mule Memorial: Memorial to the unsung beasts.


  • Devil’s Rope and Route 66 Museum: View large collection of barbed wire artifacts.


  • The Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: 190 ft cross located along I-40.

San Angelo

  • International Waterlily Collection: Premiere collection of waterlilies.


  • U-Drop-Inn: Building was an inspiration for Disney-Pixar’s Cars.


  • Magnolia Station: Restored station was one of the first along Route 66.

Wichita Falls

  • The Littlest Skyscraper: People claim that the architect presented plans in square inches instead of square feet.
  • Wee-Chi-Tah Sculpture: Sculpture depicting the “waist-deep” water of the river.
  • Wichita Falls Waterfall: 54 foot waterfall that replaced the original falls washed away in the flood.

All attractions found in the 2018 Texas Travel Guide.


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