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Fondly known as “Hub City,” Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University and one of the largest contiguous cotton-growing regions in the world. However, you may be surprised to learn that Lubbock also draws in visitors looking to experience the fantastic wineries in the surrounding High Plains area as well as its legions of popular musicians.
Book your Lubbock car rental in advance with Enjoy Travel for a fun trip. Average prices for Lubbock car rental are just $47 per day for a subcompact car like a Mitsubishi Mirage.
Guide to Lubbock
Lubbock is found in northwestern Texas, within the Llano Estacado region and at the southern end of the High Plains.
Climate in Lubbock
Dubbed as the “Toughest Weather City” in America, Lubbock experiences a cool semi-arid climate that is characterized by extremes like 100°F+ summers and winters that regularly dip below freezing. Lubbock is also the 10th-windiest city in the country, and often receives thunderstorms, tornadoes and hailstorms throughout the year.
Before Lubbock became a part of the United States, it was the heart of Comancheria, under the reign of the Comanche, a Native American nation from the Great Plains.
Things to do in Lubbock
Listen to live local musicians
Lubbock is home to many musical artists and the town remembers their legacy through numerous music festivals each year, such as the popular Lubbock Music Festival. Within the city, The Depot District is the go-to place for music, nightlife, theatres, upscale restaurants, and cultural attractions.
Visit a variety of museums
If you’re into museums, The National Ranching Heritage Center is a must-see. It boasts a number of authentic early Texas ranch buildings, a huge weapons collection, a railroad depot and other historic buildings. The Silent Wings Museum is another fantastic museum featuring photographs and artifacts from World War II-era glider pilots. If you’re traveling with kids, they will love The Science Spectrum. It is an interactive museum with an IMAX Dome theatre.
Go wine tasting!
Last but not least, do not miss touring some of the nation’s best wineries in the Texas High Plains region. Spread across 8 million acres, about 80% of the state’s wine grapes are produced here. Visit Llano Estacado Winery, an award-winning winery perched right on the outskirts of Lubbock.
Eating out in Lubbock
If you’re craving Mexican food in a hacienda-style setting, Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant will have you sorted with all the moles and margaritas your heart could desire. You can’t leave Texas without having tried traditional Southern fare. Cast Iron Grill serves up a variety of homemade pies and lip-smacking Southern breakfast and dinner dishes. Twisted Root Burger Co. is the place to go for beef, turkey & vegan burgers, plus spiked shakes. They also occasionally have game meat.
Fly into Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB), about 5 miles north of downtown Lubbock.
Getting around Lubbock
Citibus is the main public transportation provider for Lubbock. However, renting a car is also a popular option among those who want greater comfort and flexibility to go off the beaten track, especially if they want to leisurely visit the wineries.