Travelers entering Abilene from Interstate 70 will usually take Exit 275 for Hwy 15 South, which is the main commercial street named "Buckeye". RVs and Truckers will want to continue for about 3 miles until just past the railroad tracks, where ample parking at a mostly forgotten truck stop is possible. From here, one can walk or bicycle to visit most all of the important historic landmarks in town within about a two or three hour period. If going east from Abilene, drive 150 miles (2 1/2 hours) to Kansas City, but if going west, brace yourself for a grueling 450 mile (7 hours) drive. Abilene is thus a sorely needed and a great rest stop along the otherwise dreary and boring I-70 shot across the great plains. At the old rail depot, on the north side of the tracks off Buckeye is a visitors center that offers free coffee and tourist information.
GETTING TO ABILENE. Abilene is just off I-70, 90 miles west of Topeka and 25 miles east of Salina. Abilene is convenient for Manhattan, Salina, Lindsborg, Hillsboro, Peabody, Marion, Newton and Hutchinson. Take a week to drive this loop and you’ll have a wonderful vacation, guaranteed!