Abilene and Salina, both cities are located very close to each other and were founded almost at the same time. In 1857, Dickinson County was founded. It wasn't until 1860 that it was named Abilene, from a passage in the Bible (Luke 3:1), meaning "city of the plains.". Settlers led by journalist and lawyer William A. Phillips founded Salina in 1858. During the following two years, the territorial legislature chartered the town company, organized the surrounding area as Saline County, and named Salina the county seat.
Discover The US Midwest, visiting Oklahoma and Kansas States, with a Rental-Car. Pick up your car and head to Oklahoma City (a capital city known for its cowboy culture and capital complex, surrounded by working oil wells). After that, drive up through the Sunflower State - Kansas and spend glorious days in Wichita (known as the "Air Capital of the World." Wichita is the birthplace of Pizza Hut and White Castle fast-food chains) and Abilene-Salina (with the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Seelye Mansion, Great Plains Theatre and other attractions). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
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Wichita - Abilene-Salina: 1 hrs 30 mins approx.
Abilene-Salina- Topeka: 1 hr. 18 mins. approx.
Topeka - Kansas City: 58 mins. approx.