Abilene Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Abilene Trip Guide

Experience a bit of the Old West in Dwight D. Eisenhower’s charming hometown (population: 6,800).
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.
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Brookville Hotel.
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Brookville Hotel’s fried chicken
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What to do

Five-Star Museum District On the south end of town, you’ll find five interesting attractions: the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum; The Heritage Center and Museum of Independent Telephony (with interesting tidbits about how a little Kansas telephone company became Sprint); train rides at the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad; the dog-centric Greyhound Hall of Fame; and Old Abilene Town. You could hit all five in a day; most charge admission. (785) 263-2231; abilenekansas.org

Seelye Mansion A 1905 Georgian-style home features a bowling alley and original furnishings. See reviews and ratings. (785) 263-1084; seelyemansion.org

Where to eat

Brookville Hotel A fourth generation serves family-style chicken dinners. See reviews and ratings. (785) 263-2244; brookvillehotel.com

Hitching Post Burgers, omelets and cinnamon rolls draw folks to the cheery throwback diner in Old Abilene Town. See reviews and ratings. (785) 263-1868; oldabilenetown.net

Where to stay

Abilene’s Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast Gourmet breakfasts sate guests at a six-guest-room mansion. From $79. See reviews and ratings. (888) 807-7774; abilenesvictorianinn.com

For information: Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau (785) 263-2231; abilenekansas.org

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