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Amarillo is a city in Texas.

Hitching out

West towards Albuquerque

There really is no best good ramp in Amarillo catching traffic to Albuquerque. Western Street entrance seems to have the most services catering to long distance traffic (fast food and gas stations.) This is an instance where an Albuquerque sign would be highly beneficial. Your best option may be going to the Pilot travel center on the far east side of town, although going here you will miss traffic coming from I27.

UPDATE (05/09/2023) - As most construction has now finished, a great spot for catching a ride directly from Interstate 40 (yes, right on the freeway) is located at 35.187384, -101.942521 (Google Maps Coordinates, roughly 3 miles west of Western Street). Directly behind the Hilton Garden Inn there are 2 old concrete slabs perfect for camping on should you arrive late in the afternoon. Near the Comfort Inn parking lot there's also a hand-pump / faucet which works, great for refilling water bottles or bath buckets. Look for the green well pump handle, no pumping needed. Free water just can't be turned down! There is a Target and the Westgate Mall is nearby. Closest convenience store is located about 1/2 mile south on Soncy Road (Loaf 'N Jug). As well there's a couple of corners adjacent to I-40 should you need food or road money.

Amarillo is definitely lacking as far as public transit is concerned. After being dropped off at the Western Street onramp, it became apparent that there was no possibility of getting a ride there. Too congested and too much local traffic, and the onramp is NOT hitchhiker friendly. Best bet is to walk the 3 miles West to the coordinates above. As a bonus, there are 5 hotels which all serve free breakfast. Take the walk, get some cash, enjoy the A/C at the mall, rest and bathe, and grab a free breakfast on the way out of town. --Jsplts.

East towards Oklahoma City

There is a Pilot travel center located just out of town on the east side. Even if you get kicked out of the Pilot itself, this ramp is an ideal spot.

South towards Lubbock

Stand on the ramp at the intersection of I40 and I27. Catching the westbound I40 to southbound I27 traffic is preferable.

North towards Kansas

Stand along the edge of the US287/87 right where US87 and US287 (equivalent to Fillmore Street and Buchanan Street, respectively) merge. The speed limit is still only 45 mph here and this will assure you snag all the northbound traffic (you will be just before the bridge that crosses 15th Avenue.