Lubbock, TX

For those that think Lubbock is only for Red Raiders and Panhandlers, they better think again.  It turns out the “HUB CITY” has much more to do than it may let on. To download this episode or purchase it on DVD – CLICK HERE.

The most well-known attraction in Lubbock is definitely Texas Tech University.  Campus is absolutely worth a walk-around for its Spanish Renaissance architecture and numerous landmarks.  Start at the Will Rogers statue that was installed with its rear end facing directly toward College Station.  That’s something all college football fans can get behind (except for Aggies, that is).  Then head over to the Blarney Stone which is allegedly a piece for the real Blarney Stone in Ireland that bestows eloquent speech on all who brave a kiss.

If you are looking for the grub that keeps the college kids fed, just cross the street and pick a spot.  Whatever you do, don’t miss eating some fried cheese and a burger from Spanky’s or the best calzone in Texas from One Guy from Italy.  Both are mandatory on any trip to Lubbock

Just like a good Red Raider should, if you are looking to educate yourself Lubbock has lots of first-class museum.  Your first stop should be the Buddy Holly Center honoring Lubbock’s own rock and roll legend who’s impact goes way beyond the panhandle, and even Texas.  Follow up with a trip back 12,000 years to the Lubbock Lake Landmark, one of the most important archaeological sites in the new world.

Finally, when the panhandle heat gets to you, take a dip in Buffalo Springs Lake, the “oasis of West Texas.”  This spring-fed lake is tucked away in an amazing canyon just east of Lubbock.  There are some excellent swimming beaches, some excellent hiking trails, and even a jumping tower for the daring.

Finally to polish off your perfect day, head to the Star’s & Stripes Drive-In to enjoy a movie under the stars of the vast Llano Estacado.