I ended up staying here once before Austin and Ft. Worth, and once right after on this trip.
Cadillac Ranch - Bring your spraypaint! Ten Cadillacs stand upright in a field next to I-40 on the outskirts of Amarillo, for everyone to decorate. There's even a song about this place (Cadillac Ranch by Bruce Springsteen).
Capulin National Monument - Located in northeastern New Mexico, it's a dormant volcano with plentiful wildlife and scenery. Drive to the top of the crater, hike down, and cherish the natural beauty of this remote formation!
The Big Texan (stayed before Austin and Ft. Worth) - Quirky Texan motel next to a restaurant of the same name. Popular with tourists and bikers.
Ashmore Inn (stayed after Austin and Ft. Worth) - Peaceful local inn to get some rest. Two locations, one here and one in Lubbock, TX.
The Big Texan - Famous steakhouse that hosts a 72 oz. steak challenge. There are plenty of other options too! Much like a standalone Texas Roadhouse.