Texas Tech's impressive Public Art Collection, peppered across the campus, contains more than a hundred art pieces of sculptures and murals. (Mary Ann Anderson/TNS)
Lubbock's Cast Iron Grill is well-known throughout the city for its pies, including the extremely popular Texas Delight, a concoction of cream cheese, chocolate pudding and pecans. (Mary Ann Anderson/TNS)
Evie Mae's Pit Barbecue is well known throughout West Texas for its flavor-packed brisket, barbecue and sausage flavored with green chile and frequently sells out before mid-afternoon. (Photo Evie Mae's Pit Barbecue)
Arnis Robbins of Evie Mae's Pit Barbecue slow cooks the brisket for more than 16 hours. On some days, the restaurant sells out of brisket and other barbecue goodness before mid-afternoon. (Mary Ann Anderson/TNS)
Buddy Holly's grave - note the original family spelling of Holley - is in the Lubbock City Cemetery and fans leave flowers, guitar picks, and notes at the site. (Mary Ann Anderson/TNS)
Lubbock's favorite son is Buddy Holly, and his fans can visit the Buddy Holly Center - part museum, part art gallery, part historic house - to honor his memory. (Mary Ann Anderson/TNS)
The Lubbock region provides about 90 percent of wine grapes to Texas wineries. Several wineries, including Levelland’s Burklee Hill Vineyards-Trilogy Cellars, offer tasting rooms.