Tough Cookies Road Trip: Women's History in Texas and Oklahoma

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The highways of Texas and Oklahoma -- wide, straight and fast -- are great for road tripping. And the rural scenery -- vast, placid and 2/3 sky -- is good for the soul. Interstate 35 also connects three museums that pay respects to the tough cookies who helped settle the rugged Southwest: the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Museum of Women Pilots and the Pioneer Woman Museum.

You could do this 300-mile trip in a couple of days, but why rush? Each museum is full of fascinating stories of women who dared, and the road to reach them has myriad delightful digressions.