The city of Abilene, described as “the future Great City of West Texas,” has a long history rooted in the Texan Wild West from 1881. Situated just 180 miles from Dallas, it sits front and center of the state, making it an epicenter for Texas’ distribution, commerce, industry, transportation, and education. Visitors to Abilene can expect a strong Southern welcome and some of the best dining, lodging, and cultural experiences in the state.
Abilene is a relative small city in a big state, but it has a lot of heart. And the best thing about visiting is that no matter where you stay, you will be within arm’s reach of all the local attractions and sights. One of the most popular places to visit is the Frontier Texas Museum. It is one of only a few museums in the world that has life-sized holograms! Inside the museum, you can experience some of Texas’s dramatic frontier past with plenty of interactive exhibits to get your adrenaline pumping. The ‘Guns of the West’ exhibit also showcases a large collection of historic firearms. If you’re excited to explore some of Texas’ past with friends and family, choose a hotel close to Frontier Texas.
For cultural travelers, Abilene is has plenty of sights to keep you occupied during your visit. Arts and theater lovers, on the other hand, will want to stay close to the best arts venues in West Texas. The Center for Contemporary Arts is home to more than 70 contemporary artists and has 10 working studios. This way, you can witness art coming to life. For a real Texan evening out, the Paramount Theater is a fully restored 1930s auditorium with original Pueblo-Deco artwork. Staying close to Paramount Theater means you will be right in the center of the action and able to experience some of the best cafes, bars, and restaurants in the city.
Abilene caters for every budget, but the cost-conscious traveler can rest easy as there are 45 2 star hotels in the city with prices starting from just
For business travelers, Abilene has two major local convention sites: the Taylor County Expo Center and the Abilene Texas Expo Center. Of course, there are plenty of hotels to choose from within close proximity of these convention centers. While both venues host tradeshows or conferences, they often also play host to concerts by popular artists throughout the year. So staying in a hotel nearby is a great idea. Be sure to book in advance to snatch a room during these busy times.
Abilene conveniently has its own regional airport, the Abilene Regional Airport, which is located just minutes from the city center. However, if you would like to stay close to the airport for added ease, there are plenty of airport hotels to choose from, which will come in handy especially if you have extremely early or late flights and want to reduce the travel stress as much as possible.