Experience a bit of the Old West in Dwight D. Eisenhower’s charming hometown (population: 6,300).

By The editors of
June 08, 2012

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.

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. Gain fresh perspective on the lives of Dwight. D. “Ike” Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, through new exhibit galleries at the renovated.

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.

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad Experience steam engine-pulled train rides.

Greyhound Hall of Fame Pet the canine greeters and see displays of greyhounds from today and the past.

Seelye Mansion A 1905 Georgian-style home features a bowling alley and original furnishings.

Where to eat

Brookville Hotel A fourth generation carries on the tradition of serving family-style chicken dinners.

Russell Stover Chocolates For dessert, try Bloopers (slightly irregular chocolates from the adjacent factory) at a discounted price.

La Fiesta Although way north of the border, this local hangout serves authentic Mexican food and margaritas. La Fiesta on Facebook

Where to stay

Abilene's Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast Gourmet breakfasts sate guests at a six-guest-room mansion.

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