When people begin to tiptoe out their doors to hit the open roads and explore, Abilene will be an ideal locale for a day trip or overnight excursion. An easy drive from the Metroplex, Midland, Lubbock, San Angelo, Wichita Falls, and everywhere in between, road trippers can choose from several routes, opting for drive-time efficiency or choosing to roll through small towns and sightsee along the way. The mid-sized city is friendly and affordable, and offers hassle-free navigation, big city amenities, and small-town charm.
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You will find characters of every kind in the downtown cultural district, home to the largest public collection of storybook characters in the country, if not the world. Scattered among dining, breweries, bakeries, coffee shops, and galleries, you’ll find 25 sculptures of your favorite childhood storybook heroes. Six iconic Dr. Seuss sculptures are favorites in Everman Park. William Joyce’s “Guardians of Childhood” sculptures are nestled throughout. Head to Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden next to Abilene Convention Center to meet all the iconic storybook characters from Charlotte’s Web, The Three Little Pigs, and more. A new sculpture is unveiled each year.
A Texas must-do is to savor a mesquite-grilled steak from one of the many award-winning restaurants in town. All of the below restaurants are offering take-out and will open doors as soon as Texas gets back to business.
Located in Buffalo Gap, a 25 minute drive from Abilene, Perini Ranch Steakhouse is world-famous. It has been listed as one of the best steakhouses and burger places in the state, honored as an America’s Classic by the James Beard Foundation, selected to cook for the Congressional Picnic at the White House.