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Abilene represents the frontier spirit with its rich Western heritage and authentic cultural experiences. Its storied past gives rise to a charming and flourishing historic Downtown Cultural District with educational museums, urban parks, and a public art scene featuring an unrivaled collection of storybook sculpture, giving it the distinction as the Storybook Capital of America®.

Created by the T&P Railway and established in 1881, Abilene is the hub of activity in West Texas. With three private universities, an Air Force base, and a major downtown revitalization underway, Abilene is a community that celebrates its history while embracing innovation and exploring new frontiers.

History comes full circle as Hilton makes its return to downtown Abilene, where Conrad Hilton leased one of the first hotels in the world to bear his name. Opened in July 2023, the 200-suite Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center will offer the first-class hospitality and well-appointed accommodations travelers have come to expect and deserve.

Escape the ordinary and experience the authentic charm of Abilene. The city is brimming with rich heritage, cultural events, and Texas traditions. Whether you’re looking for enriching adventures or a relaxing getaway, Abilene is the ultimate destination.

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