Road to Nowhere

Cutting across America’s heartland, US‑83 remains a must-do long-distance byway—transnavigating this broad, odd nation without once grazing a conventional tourist destination.

Buffalo Gap

If you’re passing through Abilene, don’t miss the restored frontier town of Buffalo Gap (325/572-3365, daily, $7 adults), 14 miles southwest of town via Hwy-89. It’s not completely a tourist trap; cowpokes still reside here, and a courthouse and jail are just 2 of 20-odd buildings dating from the late 1800s, when Buffalo Gap, then the county seat, had over 1,200 residents and Abilene was barely a blip on the map. Other buildings are done up as Wild West souvenir stands, and there’s at least one good restaurant: Perini Ranch (3002 Hwy-89, 325/572-3339), for steak and chicken.

Buffalo Gap
Perini Ranch (3002 Hwy-89)