PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session.Dinner: Dinner at hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this program offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.
CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Queen Anne HotelMeals Included: Dinner
Continue on foot from Chinatown through North Beach, home to early Italian fishermen as well as the so-called Beatniks of the 1950s. Learn how the neighborhood has evolved over the last century as you scope out a great restaurant for dinner tonight in this mecca of fine Italian cuisine. Then take a quick run up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower from Washington Square to enjoy the approaching sunset before making your final selection of a restaurant for dinner. You will have earned your dinner after the three miles or so you will have covered this afternoon.Dinner: Dinner on your own in one of the many Italian restaurants in North BeachEvening: A free evening to enjoy the cityLodging: Queen Anne HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Continue to Golden Gate Park. Larger than New York's Central Park, it once consisted of sand dunes, but is now covered with more than 75,000 trees and home to a small bison herd (in an enclosed field) since 1891. This ultimate haven away from urban chaos was deeded to the people in 1870 out of the prescient notion that San Franciscans would one day feel overcrowded.
LECTURE: As we stroll through the five acre Japanese Tea Garden, learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there.Lunch: Lunch at the California Academy of SciencesAfternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, enjoy a self guided visit to the California Academy of Sciences - the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.
Free afternoon to spend at the CAS, visit the deYoung Museum, check out the Conservatory of Flowers or Arboretum nearby, or just return to the hotel early. In total, you could be walking 4-5 miles today, including several hundred feet of elevation gain.Dinner: This evening provides you with the chance to have dinner on your own and enjoy more of the city's great dining options. In the area of Golden Gate Park, try one of the excellent restaurants in the Inner Sunset neighborhood -- Japanese/sushi, Cuban, Thai, Mexican, seafood, vegetarian, and even American!Evening: Enjoy a free evening. Possible adventures might include the San Francisco Symphony, the Orpheum Theater, or Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in the U.S.Lodging: Queen Anne HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch