Last Updated on July 18, 2018 by Jody Halsted
Cadillac Ranch, located just west of Amarillo, Texas along Interstate 40, is an iconic roadside attraction and a stop for many roadtrippers as they cross the southern plains on historic Route 66.
But just how far out of your way should you go to visit Cadillac Ranch? In my opinion, not far.
Located on the I-40 frontage road, you'll know you are at the right place by the cars and trucks lining the road. As you park and prepare to enter, you'll see this sign-
I thought Cadillac Ranch was more impressive the farther away you were. As you walked closer, the cars went from being interesting swirls of bright colors to large metal masses covered in inches thick, bubbly paint.
A few tips for painting a Caddy at Cadillac Ranch
These cars are covered in inches of paint. To really make your addition stand out takes a few steps.
- Bring two colors, a lighter color and a darker color.
- Use the lighter color to create a base. This gives you one single color to cover, instead of a tangle of colors where your addition will be lost.
- After the base is dry, make your main addition in the darker color.
- Be aware that the paint fumes are awful. Even though you are in an open field, those fumes don't seem to move far.
- Take a picture of your finished product- because it won't last long!
Though Cadillac Ranch carries with it a huge amount of nostalgia and a reputation of epic proportions, a visit is rather meh. If you are passing by, go ahead and stop. But don't travel far out of your way for this roadside curiosity.
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