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

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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