Experience a bit of the Old West in Dwight D. Eisenhower’s charming hometown (population: 6,800).

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

What to do

The Dickinson County Heritage Center See Wild Bill Hickok's gun and ride an antique carousel. The Museum of Independent Telephony traces the phone's evolution. (785) 263-2681; heritagecenterdk.com

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home See the house occupied by the Eisenhower family from 1898 until 1946 as well as a museum with both permanent and temporary exhibits. From March 2017 to March 2018 the exhibit Eisenhower and the Great War examines Eisenhower's role in World War 1 and how that influenced the rest of his life. eisenhower.archives.gov

Old Abilene Town Gunfighters and dancers perform in these old wood buildings; real cowboys descend each July for the National Day of the Cowboy. The Hitching Post dishes burgers. oldabilenetown.webs.com

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

Where to eat

Brookville Hotel A fourth generation carries on the tradition of serving family-style chicken dinners. (785) 263-2244; brookvillehotel.com

La Fiesta Although way north of the border, this local hangout serves authentic Mexican food and margaritas. (785) 263-1470

Where to stay

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

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

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