The beauty of Galentine’s Day is that you can celebrate it however you’d like! Go all out this year, put on your out of office and cruise into the weekend with your gals. If you’re ready to go Thelma and Louise on us, check out our top picks for making your next road trip all about iconic places that celebrate fearless women who made history!
1. Seneca Falls, New York
Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Photo Credit: Harvard Ash Center
If you’re driving through upstate New York, be sure to make a stop in Seneca Falls. Here you’ll find the site of the famous 1848 Women’s Rights Convention, where 200 men and women gathered to discuss the social and civil rights of women. At the end of the convention, attendees had not only launched the Women’s Suffrage Movement, but passed 12 resolutions (11 unanimously) to gain rights and privileges that women of that era had been denied.
2. Alexandria, Virginia
National Women’s History Museum
Credit: National Women’s History Museum
Just south of Washington DC, the “Old Town” of Alexandria is paved with brick-lined sidewalks and home to the National Women’s History Museum. Upon entering this monumental landmark, immerse yourself in life stories of our country’s incredible female heroes, including; Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and Pocahontas. Then, explore the multiple exhibits showcasing the history of self-expression in women’s fashion, the obstacles women faced to play sports competitively, and the effects immigrant women had on the transformation of America.
3. Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Heading down to the nation’s capital? Washington DC is full of historic museums and monuments, but one you can’t leave without visiting is the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Head to the corner of New York St. and 13th Ave. and be prepared to be blown away by the achievements of women artists of all periods and all nationalities. It is the “only major museum in the world solely dedicated” to recognizing women’s achievements in visual, performing and literary arts, so you can’t miss it!
4. Chicago, Illinois
Ida B. Wells-Barnett House
Deep-dish pizza is a must in the Windy City, along with a drive over to 3624 S. Martin Luther King Dr. to admire the grand, 19th century house of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Ida was a co-founder of the NAACP and lived here between 1919-1930 as she championed for African American rights in her fight to end lynching, segregation and economic oppression nationwide.
5. Atchison, Kansas
Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
If you’re taking the scenic route through Kansas, stop and take a tour in the birthplace of the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic. Located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, thousands of visitors tour Amelia Earhart’s home every year to learn about the life of one of the world’s most infamous females. Although she lived in many different cities, Amelia always considered Atchison her hometown.
6. Richmond, California
Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park
Credit: Exploring Public Histories
Driving north on the California Coast? A little outside of San Francisco, The Rosie the Riveter/World War ll Home Front National Historic Park honors the roles of women and African Americans during the war. The drastic increase of war production on the Home Front led to unprecedented social changes and opened the door to equal rights for women across the country.
If you and your best girlfriends are the type to take the road less traveled this Galentine’s Day, then we hope this helpful #GirlPower road trip guide helps to make your trip unforgettable.Shop All