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North Texas panhandle: How to get there, stay there, explore

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GETTING THERE

The closest major airport to Amarillo is Oklahoma City (263 miles east on Interstate 40). Southwest offers some nonstop flights from BWI starting at $283 round trip. Continental, Delta, American, United, US Airways and Northwest offer one-stop flights from BWI, Reagan National and Dulles. Fares start at $273 round trip.

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WHERE TO STAY

The Panhandle has a wide array of motel chains centered in Amarillo. Some other choices:

Amarillo:

Historic Parkview House, 1311 S. Jefferson St., 806-373-9464, http://www.parkviewhousebb.com. Bed and breakfast. Rates from $85.

Borger:

Three Falls Cove, 8125 FM 3395, Sanford; 806-878-2366, http://www.threefallscove.com. Near Lake Meredith National Park, 15 miles west of Borger. Rates from $100.

Canyon:

Hudspeth Inn, 1905 Fourth Ave., 800-655-9809, http://www.hudspethinn.com. Rates from $90.

Pampa:

Cottonwood Springs, 1600 N. Highway 70, 806-665-7126, http://www.cottonwoodsprings.com. Located 24 miles north of Pampa. Rates from $85.

WHERE TO EAT

Amarillo:

Big Texan Steak Ranch, 7701 I-40 East, 800-657-7177, http://www.bigtexan.com. The one and only. From an eight-ounce sirloin at $16.25 to the 72-ounce monster for $72 (or free, if you can eat it and the trimmings in under an hour).


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