Eleanor Roosevelt once wisely said, "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for newer and richer experiences."
I can't imagine the incredible sights the former first lady was able to see during her husband's four terms in office (Mrs. Roosevelt was actually the longest-serving FLOTUS, and President Harry Truman went so far as to call her the "First Lady of the World" in honor of her many achievements in human rights).
While I can only dream of matching Eleanor's great capacity for kindness, intelligence and elegance, I'm happy to say we do share a deep respect for and appreciation of travel. I'm so grateful to have grown up in a family that values exploration the way this legendary female icon did.
I've had the chance to cross some of America's greatest sites off my bucket list: the Empire State Building, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Tetons, to name a few. I've dipped my toes into the water at the San Diego pier, Miami's North Beach and Texas' Gulf shore. I've snapped a pic in Times Square, on the white sand dunes of New Mexico and even mid-air on a parasail ride over the sea. Nothing compares to the fulfillment of experiencing new things in totally new places, and if you've got a chronic case of wanderlust like I do, you know exactly what I mean.
That's why I put together a list of 50 historic travel destinations that every women needs to see; Some quite famous, others off-the-beaten-path. Find your state below to read up on my travel pick, or keep the list handy for future travel plans. Whether you're a VIP with flyer miles or a homebody yearning to get away, you're sure to find a site or two that calls your name.