HISTORY, WITH A SIDE ORDER OF FRIES
You don’t always need to wind the clock back too far to enjoy Texas’ past. If you’re looking for history and authenticity but with a side order of fries, “flicks”, and rock n’ roll, consider the Texas Pecos Trail city of Odessa. The 1950’s are alive and well here, peppering the Permian Basin with burgers and BBQ joints like the iconic Johnny’s Bar-B-Q with its beautifully renovated, porcelain faced, mid-century modern signage. Or take a look at the neon-clad performance venue called the Ector Theater where the 1950’s classic “Rebel Without a Cause” made its Permian Basin premiere. Today, it’s a favorite stage of Elvis impersonators. Then visit Jack Ben Rabbit, the mid-century modern fiberglass sculpture commemorating the long-eared critter’s starring role in Odessa’s now defunct “Jackrabbit Rodeo”. Make your way to the Presidential Museum, one of the only museums dedicated entirely to the U.S. presidency. Still not aged enough? Visit the nearby Odessa Meteor Crater. This National Natural Landmark will take you back about twenty thousand years.