7 Historical Trips That Celebrate Women

It's the year of the modern female traveler, and our friends at Quinn have compiled a list of destinations as an ode to the pioneers of female empowerment.

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Entrepreneurial Inspiration

A visit to the Inns of Aurora will undoubtedly leave guests inspired, as the property and entire village of Aurora was revived and developed by Pleasant Rowland, founder of the American Girl empire. Pleasant spent many years taking 18th-century buildings on the brink of being condemned and restoring them to their original grandeur with a concerted effort to preserve architectural details and design. From the fine art and antiques (pulled from Pleasant's extensive personal collection) to the bathroom amenities and cookies available at the Village Market, Pleasant's influence and meticulous attention to detail can be seen at every touchpoint throughout the Inns of Aurora.

Leading Ladies of DC

The Jefferson's new Summer of American Democracy program includes a complimentary, two-day itinerary on "How Women Shaped American Life and Culture" that hotels guests may follow on their own. Curated by Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D., the tour starts in the DC hotel to view Abigail Adams' letter of 1776 to her husband, John, asking for women's rights, before sending you out and about to the home of Dolley Madison, credited with creating the First Lady role. You'll even walk in the footsteps of the 1913 Suffragette Parade. Get more details here.

Women of the Wild West

The vibrant "City of Cowboys and Culture" features the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The 33,000-square-foot museum currently houses more than 4,000 artifacts, interactive exhibits and theater presentations on more than 750 influential women, including Annie Oakley, Sacagawea, Georgia O'Keefe and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Historic Home of a Famed First Lady

This year, Lexington, Ky., celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the girlhood home of President Abraham Lincoln's wife. One of the oldest structures in the city, visitors step back in time while learning about one of the most controversial First Ladies in American history, a woman who played a crucial role in supporting her husband socially and politically.

Stomping Grounds of the Greats in the Finger Lakes

Home to some of the most influential women in history, travelers can follow in the footsteps of historical figures and monumental moments via three main areas of the Finger Lakes region. Explore the centrally located region of Seneca Falls — known as the "Center of the Rebellion" — to witness the site of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848, as well as the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. After a good night's sleep, guests can plan a day trip to Rochester, home of the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum (above) (Anthony's home during the most 40 politically-active years of her life), the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872.

Stomping Grounds of the Greats in the Finger Lakes

Rounding out the trip, history buffs can swing back east to Auburn, N.Y., to pay respects to Harriet Tubman at her final resting spot and to check out the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park named in her honor.

Four Centuries of Females

Take a tour through four centuries worth of women's history divided into six mini trails throughout Boston neighborhoods via the Boston Women's Heritage Trail. Explore the bustling city of Boston and celebrate the lives of prominent female figures such as Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone and Phillis Wheatley. Groups as large as 20 people can be arranged for a day full of exploring. Travelers can immerse themselves in the historical setting long after the tour ends by staying in a historic family home in downtown Boston.

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