Information & Facts
Amarillo on the High Plains of the Texas Panhandle has a
basically dry, semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons.
Summers are scorching hot, and winters can be numbingly cold. The
area is prone to severe weather conditions, having experienced ice
storms, drought, and floods. Average annual rainfall is difficult
to calculate, there being little constancy. Rain falls mainly in
thunderstorms, some of them quite violent, between March and
October. Snow falls between October and April, averaging 15 inches
(38cm) a year.
Visitors to Amarillo are advised to hire a car from one of the
many international agencies in the city. This is the most popular
way of getting around as it is the only way to see most places. To
hire a car, a full national driver's license, and in some cases and
international driver's license, is required and drivers must be at
least 25 years (some companies hire cars to those aged 21 to 24
with surcharges). Amarillo has a bus service that runs from Monday
through Saturday between 6.15am and 6.45pm and taxis are a good way
to get around but must be booked through one of the many private
taxi companies operating within the city.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.