ABILENE
# OF PARKS26
POPULATION121,000
LARGEST EMPLOYERDYESS AIR FORCE BASE
When you come to Abilene you immediately know you’re in West Texas. The city itself is a mix of old and new. History pervades the scene as museums, the relics of an 1850s Army post and flashes of traditional cowboy life are all a part of the Abilene experience. Meanwhile, the region also has a distinctive contemporary vibe as they certainly feature an ample selection of restaurants, shops and live entertainment.
Home to 7 colleges and an air force base, Abilene is anything but what you would call a sleepy town. And with a city branded by the word “frontiering,” visitors here should be ready to do some exploring as they discover the secrets of its old west roots.
  • HISTORY

    A trip to Abilene definitely needs to include a look into the region’s past. The Texas Forts Trail ends in Abilene. This consists of several frontier forts as well as a Spanish Presidio; it spans 29 counties. Here is where the original frontiersmen clashed with Native Americans and made their way across the untamed American landscape. Fort Phantom Hill is located right in Abilene.

  • FISHING

    With several well-stocked lakes within half an hour drive, the city certainly offers the avid angler plenty of opportunities. And come the Fall season, deer hunting in particular is very popular among residents and out-of-towners.

  • FOOD AND DRINK

    You can pretty much expect a wide selection of down-home Texas style foods here. Barbecue is big, as are steakhouses. With a handful of brewing companies nearby to include the aptly named Abilene Brewing Co., the pub scene is also very vibrant.

THE WEATHER
  • Winters are mild and mostly dry. Abilene does occasionally receive a dusting of snow. The daily average highs are in the 50s so it isn't terribly cold.

  • Mid to late to spring has good weather with highs near 80 degrees. It is the (relative) wet season so expect the possibility of storms. One of the major rodeos is in May.

  • Summer is gets pretty hot and most of the major festivals are scheduled for the spring or fall. July and August sees daily highs in the mid-90s.

  • September and October are great weather months. September is packed with events, including the West Texas Fair & Rodeo, and the Big Country Balloon Fest.