Roadside Oddity: Flying Herd of Buffalo in Abilene

January 31, 2023 | By Loretta Fulton

The flying herd of buffalo towering over the eastern edge of downtown Abilene isn’t an illusion created by a blazing sun but the realization of local artist H.C.

Ross Blasingame Is Abilene’s Tricycle-Riding Beacon of Good Will

October 27, 2022 | By Regina L. Burns

Five Historic Texas Theaters Share Their Strategies for Survival

July 21, 2020 | By Sarah Thurmond

Since mid-March, theaters have been unable to book their usual slate of shows and special events resulting in lost ticket sales and lost revenue. Many theaters were expecting to reopen in June, and even put all of the necessary precautions in place to keep staff and guests safe. Then COVID-19 cases began to spike again in Texas, and reopening wasn’t feasible. Some theaters have postponed their reopenings until August, while others have canceled their seasons entirely.

Small-Town Dispatches: One Abilene Company Goes From Making Boats to Producing Face Shields

April 21, 2020 | By June Naylor

In Abilene, the heart of the region known as Big Country, a manufacturer called Tigé Boats has shifted its focus from making boats to producing personal protective equipment. The PPE, crafted from materials typically used in boat building, are going to local medical workers fighting COVID-19.  

Love ’Em or Hate ’Em, Wind Turbines Have Altered the Landscape Across Vast Swaths of Texas

August 29, 2019 | By Joe Nick Patoski

One of the great pleasures of roaming Texas roads is driving our scenic trails. Travel the Texas Brazos Trail, Forest Trail, Forts Trail, Hill Country Trail, Independence Trail, Lakes Trail—don’t forget the Mountain, Pecos, Plains, and Tropical trails—and you’ll see a whole lot of natural beauty.

Book it to the Big Country for The Children’s Art and Literacy Festival in Abilene

April 30, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

My children stepped foot in Abilene for the first time in their short lives last June for a quick three-night visit. Now, even though it’s been a year, mention Abilene to them and you’ll get a happy earful of stories.
This fond association traces directly to the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival, an annual celebration of all things picture books. Most people know Abilene as the capital of the Big Country, a dusty railroad outpost thick with steakhouses and Churches of Christ. But for three days every June, the festival (known as CALF) cloaks downtown Abilene in an imaginative world of colorful characters and fanciful tales—and ice cream vendors aplenty.

Where to Stay in Abilene

October 2, 2018 | By

The Grace Museum in Abilene

September 27, 2018 | By

The four-story Grace Museum occupies the Mission Revival-style 1909 Grace Hotel. A neon sign glows on the rooftop, and the museum hosts an interesting collection of permanent and traveling exhibits.

Irish Storybook Creator Oliver Jeffers Talks Children’s Books in Abilene

June 11, 2018 | By Matt Joyce

Oliver Jeffers has sold millions of children’s picture books, traveled the globe as a renowned artist, and even collaborated on art projects with Irish rock stars U2.

18 Places to Go in Texas in 2018

December 28, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

From El Paso to Galveston, uncover our top 18 travel must-dos for 2018.

Set Sayles for Abilene

July 18, 2016 | By June Naylor

Making plans to see a friend’s art gallery show in downtown Abilene, I pounced on the opportunity to make it a weekend trip.

Let’s Go Glamping!

March 28, 2016 | By Vicky Garza

Glamping: A combination of “glamorous” and “camping” that blends great outdoor adventures with the comforts of home or a hotel.

Elevating Abilene

January 12, 2016 | By June Naylor

The blackboards covering the walls of Abi-Haus, Abilene’s buzziest eating-drinking hotspot, serve as more than artful design elements, though they accomplish that function well.

West Texas Book Festival

August 13, 2015 | By

Designated the “Storybook Capital of Texas” by the Texas Legislature, Abilene is home to a robust literary culture and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

Daytripper: Abilene

February 6, 2015 | By Chet Garner

North of the Hill Country, but south of the Panhandle; west of North Texas, but east of West Texas, is a region that can only be described as “Big Country.” It’s a land of rugged prairies and epic stories as legendary as Texas itself.

Texas Top 40 No. 18, Abilene

May 6, 2014 | By

Abilene won readers’ praise for its small-town feel, state park, zoo, shopping, history, and restaurants, which range from classic barbecue joints to newcomers like Abi-Haus, which makes waves with craft cocktails and modern American fare.

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By


Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations.

Centering on Abilene

December 29, 2012 | By Melissa Gaskill

is on 1-20 about 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Abilene at Full Gallop

August 12, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

September—when the autumnal equinox brings an official end to summer and temperatures start to cool, ever so slightly at first—is my favorite time to visit Abilene.

Spotlight on Abilene

December 23, 2008 | By Lori Moffatt

I love gifts for special occasions, but I love the experience of travel even more. For a celebration this past October, my husband, Randy, and I headed west from Austin for Abilene, which promised a restored, 100-year-old downtown to explore and a 1930s bungalow to call home for the weekend.

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