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May 5, 2017

Top 10 FAQs About Lubbock

At Visit Lubbock, promoting the “Hub City” is our full-time job, and we couldn’t be happier to be on the front lines, welcoming conventions, meeting attendees and travelers. We get 5.8 million (that’s right, million) visitors to Lubbock each year, and those visitors come with plenty of inquiries. In honor of National Travel & Tourism Week, we rounded up a few our frequently asked questions and tossed in a few of our favorite questions for good measure. Take a look below!

Where is Lubbock?
Discovered by the Spanish explorer, Coronado, on his search for the “City of Gold,” he first named this land the Llano Estacado. Today we call it Lubbock and it’s located at the bottom of the Texas Panhandle on the South Plains (or High Plains). From here, we’re four hours from the mountains, eight from the coast and in the middle of cotton country under the biggest skies in the Texas. That’s where home is.

Why is Lubbock called the “Hub City?”
Our fair city acquired its nickname because it’s surrounded by five major highways. If you look at it on a map, it gives the appearance of a hub on a wagon wheel.

What is there to do in Lubbock?
Our favorite question. We never let anyone that crosses our path leave thinking that Lubbock is boring. We’re home to five award-winning wineries, world-class art collections, a monthly art trail through Lubbock’s Cultural District and you can see live music in the city on any given night. There are also plenty of museums with rotating exhibits to explore, and new entertainment options are set to open within the year (We already can’t wait to explore Lubbock Adventure Park and 4ORE! Golf).

Is it Buddy Holly with an “-lly” or “-lley?”
It’s kind of both! Although he went by “Buddy,” his given name was Charles Hardin Holley. When Decca Records drew up his first contract, they mistakenly left off the “e” in Holley. Not wanting to correct them, Buddy signed on the dotted line, giving him the iconic moniker we know from Lubbock and around the world.

Was the Chilton really created in Lubbock?
All our research points to yes. The story goes that a certain Dr. Chilton wanted to enjoy a refreshing beverage at the Lubbock Country Club. He instructed his bartender to mix the juice of two lemons with vodka and club soda cocktail and serve it over ice with a salted rim. Still skeptical? Texas Monthly did some digging of their own, noting, “lending credence to the story is the fact that the cocktail is virtually unheard of outside of West Texas. That’s too bad because it’s sunshine in a glass…a gloriously simple beverage.”

Where do the locals go to eat?
Lubbock is home to almost 1,000 restaurants with more being added every month. But even with the soon-to-be additions of places like P.F. Chang’s and In-N-Out Burger, there’s still nothing better than our local restaurants. We have some of our Lubbock Foodie Favorites for you here.

I’m here for game day. What do I need to know?
We love Texas Tech Football! Aside from knowing how to yell “RAIDER POWER” at the top of your lungs, here are a few things we recommend checking out while you’re in town.

How do I submit an event?
We are always adding new events to our calendar, but if you’d like to add one yourself, here’s how you get it done.

  • Visit our events page at visitlubbock.org/events.
  • Just below the “Events” headline, you’ll see a small green box that says “Post Your Event.”
  • Click the green button to pull up an event submission form.
  • Provide us with all necessary information, and hit submit!
  • An email will notify you when your event is posted.

And a couple questions to make you smile…

Do you ride horses to work?
While we’re really proud of our Western heritage in Lubbock and were even named the No. 1 Western Town by True West Magazine, we don’t ride horses on our daily commute. But we do like the mental image of a horse heading down Marsha Sharp Freeway.

What’s that star that’s really bright in Texas?
All the stars at night are big and bright (insert three clap emojis here) in Texas, but in Lubbock you can see them especially well. Our sunsets are pretty amazing, too.

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