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Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

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At the public art installation Cadillac Ranch, see the vision of three individuals who created a sculpture from Cadillac cars in the 1970s. Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels, members of the art group Ant Farm, repurposed old and unused Cadillacs into this installation based on their aesthetic interest in cars and their desire to find a new, unorthodox form of architectural work. The cars, which are tilted and partially buried into the ground, are now covered in graffiti and paint from visitors over the years. When you stop by this surreal site, a short walk from the highway, take photos or add your own art to the automobiles. To plan Amarillo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • If you’re into weird Americana this is a don’t miss. Right on Route 66, ten Cadillacs half-buried in a cattle field, being constantly re-painted by an unending stream of artists, hippies, and others.....  more
    If you’re into weird Americana this is a don’t miss. Right on Route 66, ten Cadillacs half-buried in a cattle field, being constantly re-painted by an unending stream of artists, hippies, and others.....  more »
  • this happened the summer after I finished High School. Was great to finally stop and see what all the fuss was about. It has changed alot since then with so many people stopping and leaving their... 
    this happened the summer after I finished High School. Was great to finally stop and see what all the fuss was about. It has changed alot since then with so many people stopping and leaving their...  more »
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  • I have passed by the Cadillac Ranch installation for many years on my trips in/out of Texas. I finally decided to make a stop to check it out. This is such a cool idea, and quite a sight to see. Best of all its totally FREE! Built in 1974, 10 Cadillacs were buried ½ deep on the property of a local Amarillo Millionaire. People traveled from all over the world to see these Caddies, and many started to deface them for souvenirs, while others put graffiti on them in order to leave their marks. Eventually, the creators encouraged the graffiti as a way to let others express themselves and have fun doing it. Today, only the frames of the Caddies are left, and there are decades of spray paint on the cars. It’s exciting to walk down the row of cars and see the artwork of others passing by. People from all over bring their own spray paint and leave it behind in a pile of canisters on the ground when they are done. If you want to leave your mark on these Caddies but didn’t bring any spray paint with you, don’t worry, you should have no problem finding a can in the pile that were left behind. Depending on the day you visit, your artwork might only last minutes before someone comes behind you to cover it up with their own mark. Just make sure to snap some pics of your creation before you leave so you know, if anything, for just a little while it was there. If you ever find yourself in Amarillo, Texas, I highly recommend you take 30-45 minutes on your travels to check out this unique work of art. Recommended for everyone!
  • When I finally arrived here, my first thought was, “did I really drive all this way for cars sticking out of the ground?” I thought, surely there must be more than this. There was not. You park your car on the side of the road, get out and walk through a gate, then way down a dirt entryway are these cars in the ground. Granted, you can bring spray paint and paint to your hearts content, but I brought none. But man did I get some great shots! The clouds came out to play that day! I would say this is a one and done kind of attraction. Fun but no need to go back a second time. Glad I did it though!

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