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Leaving our Mark on Cadillac Ranch

Tonya Prater, Owner

Leaving our Mark on Cadillac Ranch Roadside Attraction in Amarillo, Texas

I had planned very little on our trip. But there was one stop that I not only planned but highly anticipated.

Cadillac Ranch.

Amarillo, Texas.

It soon became clear that my family did not share my sentiments and as we crossed into Texas from Oklahoma, those in the back seat began to grumble. It didn’t matter that we’d skipped several attractions that I’d hoped to visit. Or that we were on Day 2 of our road trip and had surpassed where I thought we’d be by hundreds of miles. We were halfway to California and way ahead of schedule, but my children decided that they did not want to stop anywhere else that night. They didn’t want to stop anywhere until we arrived in California. Period. My feeling of euphoria over our perfect first day of travel was coming to an end. Quickly.

My teens had grumbled and snapped at one another for the better part of the day until one child was in the far back seat in angry silence and I was in the front, beginning to comprehend why some animals eat their offspring.

My husband, who had consumed nearly a full bottle of Pepto Bismal earlier in the day, had commented that this trip would have been more enjoyable when our kids were younger. He even promised me that he and I would take another trip along Route 66 and stop at all of the roadside attractions we were missing. And that was before the straw broke the camel’s back and the tears I was trying to hold back spilled over.

By the time we had arrived at Cadillac Ranch, I didn’t even want to stop.

Sign at Cadillac Ranch

I’d like to think that when my husband and I revisit Route 66 we can have a do-over of Cadillac Ranch, but this roadside attraction is in danger of being removed.

Cadillac Ranch Amarillo Texas

We pulled off the road and joined several other cars in the parking area and began the dusty walk through the field to the iconic automobiles armed with spray paint that I’d packed from home.

Cadillac Ranch painting the cars

My 18-year old didn’t waste any time climbing among the cars to find what he thought would be the ideal location to leave his mark.

Leaving his mark on Cadillac Ranch

While some ‘taggers’ get pretty creative with their craft, my kids preferred not to put in too much effort. It’s clear that whatever form of graffiti one adds won’t last long.

Spray painting at Cadillac Ranch

Though my kids would never admit it, I think they secretly enjoyed our visit to Cadillac Ranch.

I only wish I could say the same.

Cadillac Ranch Roadside Attraction in Amarillo, Texas

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Stephanie @ CrayonMarks&TigerStripes

Monday 27th of January 2014

I live about 80 miles from here! I have taken my family and friends that visit there. They have all loved it. It's odd, but it's a must see stop!


Monday 27th of January 2014

I would really love to visit the area again. I think a steak at the Big Texan is calling my name. :)


Thursday 5th of December 2013

I hope that you do get the chance to go back. I had never heard of Cadillac Ranch, but it looks like an interesting place to go. I think it would be fun to go there armed with a few cans. It would be the ONE time that I would permit my kids to let loose.

Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity

Monday 2nd of December 2013

What a cool place to visit. I think my nine year old would think this was great!

debra p

Sunday 1st of December 2013

Sorry that the trip wasn't as you hoped but that does look like a cool place to stop!


Sunday 1st of December 2013

Teens are so fun to travel with aren't they! Glad you stopped though, and those are cool pictures.


Monday 2nd of December 2013

I'm sure at some point my teens will be grateful for some of the stops I've forced them to endure while traveling. :) Protection Status
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