Abilene Does It Again!

By Abilene CVB on September 23, 2021


Abilene is a finalist for USA Today’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Best Historic Small Town contest for the third year in a row.

“Thank you to the tourism attractions, businesses, residents, employees, volunteers, and leaders who help make Abilene the best historic small town,” said Julie Roller Weeks, director, Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Director. “Receiving this recognition three years in a row is extra special and recognizes our efforts to market Abilene as a destination.”

In 2019, Abilene ranked #8 in the final standings and advanced to #2 in the 2020 nationwide contest. 

Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers' Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.

According to 10Best Readers’ Choice, the finalists have big histories and small populations – fewer than 35,000 people – making them fun and affordable ways to drive into our nation’s past.

Other finalists include:

  • St. Augustine, Florida
  • Bath, Maine
  • Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
  • Cape May, New Jersey
  • Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Clayton, New York
  • De Smet, South Dakota,
  • Ferndale, California
  • Granbury, Texas
  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Jamestown, North Dakota
  • Leadville, Colorado
  • Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • Mineral Point, Wisconsin
  • Natchez, Mississippi
  • Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

To vote, visit AbileneKansas.org/votenow. Online voting begins Monday, September 27 at 11 am and ends Monday, October 25 at 10:59 am.

“Please encourage your friends, family, employees, customers, and visitors to vote daily,” Roller Weeks said. “We need your help to win.”



About Us

The Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Abilene Kansas) is a department of the City of Abilene. In addition to managing the state-designated Travel Information Center, it serves as the official marketing arm of the City of Abilene and provides services to tourists and groups convening in Abilene.  The goal of the Abilene CVB is to generate economic growth in Abilene, Kansas through tourism.