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Panhandle Plains from A to Z

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Mackenzie Lake is a recreational oasis on scenic Texas 207.
The trek from A (Adrian) to Z (Zephyr) covers about 430 miles, plus a few detours. There are several optional routes, but we chose to begin on I-40, then take US 287 until setting out on Texas highways 207, 86, and 70, picking up US 380 to Texas 283, 6, 206, and 279, with a round-trip detour on Park Road 15. US 84/183 delivered us to Zephyr.

Here are some highlights to check out along the way.

ADRIAN–Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop, Route 66, Exit 22 or 23, I-40, 806/538-6379 or 866/538-6380;

VEGA–Vega Motel, 1005 Vega Blvd. (Route 66), 806/267-2205;

AMARILLO–For area lodging, dining, and attractions and information on Historic Route 66, contact the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council, 806/374-1497 or 800/692-1338;; Golden Light Cafe & Cantina, 2908 W. 6th St., 806/374-9237. Puckett Antiques, 2706 W. 6th St., 806/372-3075.

Texas Travel Information Center, I-40/US 287 just east of Amarillo, 806/335-1441.

CLAUDE–Armstrong County Museum Art Gallery and Gem Theatre, 120 N. Trice, 806/226-2187;

TURKEY–Hotel Turkey, 3rd & Alexander Sts., 806/423-1151; Bob Wills Museum, 6th & Lyles Sts., 806/423-1253 for information about monthly jamborees and Bob Wills Day the last weekend in April.

QUITAQUE–Sportsman Restaurant, 114 W. Main St., 806/455-1200. Caprock Canyons State Park, off Texas 86, 806/455-1492;

ALBANY–Inquire at the Albany Visitor Center about the Fort Griffin Fandangle, held the last two weekends in June; #2 Railroad St., 325/762-2525; Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St., 325/762-2269. Ole Nail House Inn, 357 S. 3rd St., 325/762-2928 or 800/245-5163. Fort Griffin State Park and Historic Site, US 283, 325/762-3592; .

CISCO–For visitor information and museum exhibits about Conrad Hilton and early town life, see the Chamber of Commerce, 309 Conrad Hilton Avenue, 254/442-2537;

CROSS PLAINS–To learn about Robert E. Howard, Conan the Barbarian, and the Howard Museum, visit Potter Game Tables, 141 N. Main, 254/725-4702; Sweet Stuff Candy, 416 S. Main, 254/725-4663 or 888/527-9338;

LAKE BROWNWOOD STATE PARK–Park Road 15 off Texas 279, 325/784-5223; .

BROWNWOOD–Brownwood Area Convention and Visitor Bureau, 600 E. Depot St., 325/646-9535; Star of Texas Bed & Breakfast, 650 Morelock Lane, 325/646-4128 or 800/850-2003; Underwoods Cafeteria, 404 W. Commerce, 325/646-6110. GalleryOne Fine Arts, LLc, 504 Center Avenue, 325/646-3520 or 800/847-4316; For information on the annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration, call 325/998-INFO;

ZEPHYR–The Zephyr Store, 11635 US 84/183 E.; 325/739-2221. End of the Trail Collectables, 11800 Hwy. 183/84, 325/739-3224.

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