1839C-Parmount20080910 004 v2Abilene 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.

“Abilene is great for sports, hunting, music, awesome West Texas lifestyle and pace, hospitality … and, of course, great food!”


Visitors could easily spend a day exploring the pedestrian-friendly downtown, which dates to the late 1800s. Here, the high-tech museum Frontier Texas! illustrates regional history, the Grace Museum covers the art scene, and the National Center for Illustrated Children’s Literature showcases the imaginative artworks that bring classics and new titles to life. As reader Grant Rampy wrote, “Abilene’s got it going on!”

For more information, contact the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800/727-7704.

From the May 2014 issue
The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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