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Program #21208RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 6 — Oct 13, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Deluxe room with city view or river view. Spacious rooms with Work desk, data ports, hair dryers, 2 phone lines, high speed internet access available, remote control tv, clock radio, coffee makers, and voice mail. USA Today delivered weekdays. In our rooms, we offer: FREE High Speed Internet Access, 180* Door Viewer, Air Conditioning, Alarm Radio, Automatic Door Closer, Balcony, Bathrobe, Bathroom amenities, Cable TV including HBO,CNN,ESPN and Pay Per View available, Clock Radio, Coffee Maker, Electronic Locks, Electronic Smoke Detector, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Lever Door Handles, Modem, Non-Smoking, Work Desk with Lamp

Contact info:
424 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201 USA
phone: 501-372-4371
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact hotel to book additional nights and ask for special Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, October 06 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, W...
Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome & Introductions, Welcome Dinner

Note: Orientation meeting at 4:00. Welcome dinner in hotel.

Arrive To: Arrive at Little Rock's Doubletree Hotel Downtown on the river- check in.

Afternoon: ORIENTATION MEETING 4:00 PM. Pick up your Road Scholar arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, list of participants, maps, and other important information we will review.

The on-site coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner to get to know other participants and your group leaders.

Lodging: Double Tree Hotel Little Rock

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Deluxe room with city view or river view. Spacious rooms with Work desk, data ports, hair dryers, 2 phone lines, high speed internet access available, remote control tv, clock radio, coffee makers, and voice mail. USA Today delivered weekdays. In our rooms, we offer: FREE High Speed Internet Access, 180* Door Viewer, Air Conditioning, Alarm Radio, Automatic Door Closer, Balcony, Bathrobe, Bathroom amenities, Cable TV including HBO,CNN,ESPN and Pay Per View available, Clock Radio, Coffee Maker, Electronic Locks, Electronic Smoke Detector, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Lever Door Handles, Modem, Non-Smoking, Work Desk with Lamp

Contact info:
424 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201 USA
phone: 501-372-4371
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact hotel to book additional nights and ask for special Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, October 07 - Clinton Presidential Center; Clinton School of Pu...
Clinton Presidential Center; Clinton School of Public Service; Presentation on Bill Clinton's Rise to the Presidency

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces up to 2 miles per day, stand in museums for up to 3 hours, and climb on and off motor coach without difficulty.

Breakfast: Enjoy at full breakfast at your hotel before your visit to the Clinton Center.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Clinton Presidential Center- Spend an intriguing day at the Clinton Presidential Center, a stunning building on the banks of the Arkansas River. Take part in a guided tour of the presidential library, and learn of Bill Clinton’s vision of the center as a place where people come together to discuss issues of today and challenges of tomorrow. Enjoy some free time to explore the 20,000 square feet of exhibit space on your own. PRESENTATION: Learn all about Bill Clinton's rise to power through an informative presentation from a university professor about Clinton's early political decisions. Find out how the successes (and failures) during the early part of his career shaped his future.

Lunch: You'll dine at the Clinton Center as you discover everything you wanted to know about the 43rd President and the state that shaped him.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Clinton School of Public Service- Find out more about the first graduate school in the country to offer a Master of Public Service degree. Hear about Clinton’s vision for the school, and its efforts to equip students with the skills needed to participate in public service in the US and around the world. The Dean or a senior staff member of the school will enlighten you about its mission and current programs.

Dinner: Continue your exploration of Little Rock's downtown/River Market area with dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Double Tree Hotel Little Rock

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Beautiful, newly renovated Ozark cabins, all at ground level, feature two queen size beds, telephone, TV, wireless Internet, mini-refrigerator, iron and ironing board and coffee pot. There are large windows and glass doors that open onto small porches, most with a wooded view. The Ozark Folk Center's Cabins office has a game room and swimming pool for guests.

Contact info:
1032 Park Avenue
Mountain View, AR 72560 USA
phone: 800-264-3655
Facility amenities: Auditorium, social room, swimming pool, wireless internet available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Wednesday, October 08 - Historic Central High School; Ozark Folk Life Cen...
Historic Central High School; Ozark Folk Life Center; Folk Music Performance

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces up to 2 miles per day, stand in museums for up to 3 hours, and climb on and off motor coach without difficulty.

Breakfast: Full breakfast at the hotel before checking out to begin your journey around the Natural State.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Plunge into Southern culture and history with a Ranger-led visit to Little Rock’s Central High School. Central High, once a national symbol of resistance to desegregation, is still in use as a public school. Visit the National Park Service Historic Site Visitor’s Center to find out more about the struggles of the Little Rock Nine, followed by an insider’s visit to the school, led by a Park Ranger with extensive knowledge of the school’s history. Following your tour, travel to Mountain View, Arkansas, to begin your discovery of the Ozark Mountains and the state’s rich cultural history. EXCURSION: Make a brief stop at the state capitol to see an impressive memorial of the nine students who integrated Central High- the only civil rights memorial statue on the grounds of a state capitol in the south.

Lunch: You'll eat lunch in the quaint town of Mountain View, and see where folks gather to sing and play the Ozark folk tunes passed from generation to generation.

Afternoon: Head for the hills to the Ozark Folk Life Center, a living history state park devoted to the preservation of the cultural history of the area. PRESENTATION: Learn more about Ozark history and culture during a colorful presentation from a staff member. FIELD TRIP:Enjoy the rest of your day at the Ozark Folk Life Center, which is dedicated to perpetuating the crafts, herbal wisdom and music of the Ozark Mountain people of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Visit working crafters and musicians. Learn how to throw a bowl, forge iron, stitch a quilt or any of more than 20 crafts. Find out about local traditions through exploration of the center and its demonstrations of pioneer skills and crafts.

Dinner: PERFORMANCE: Witness first-hand the important role that music played in the life of Ozark Mountain people during a concert in the center’s auditorium. Enjoy regional folk and dance tunes performed on fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, autoharps and more. See how dancing and story-telling are blended in with musical performances to preserve mountain traditions.

Lodging: Ozark Folk Life Center Cabins at Dry Creek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All-suite hotel. New guest room decor with 37 inch flat panel televisions. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet is available in all rooms. We are 100% smoke free ! We provide alarm clocks with an IPOD connection. Our rooms will include our mini-fridge and wet bar, coffee maker, microwave. Free morning newspaper delivered to rooms. Health and Fitness Center (On-site): 2 treadmills along with an elliptical and exercise bike to get your heart pumping before you hit our hand weights which range from 5lbs to 30lbs.

Contact info:
803 S. 52nd Street
Rogers, AR 72758 USA
phone: 479-845-1300
Room amenities: High Speed Internet access, business center, printer, fax, indoor pool, laundry, dry cleaning, ice machines each floor, safe deposit boxes

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, October 09 - Buffalo National River; Eureka Springs- Crescent ...
Buffalo National River; Eureka Springs- Crescent Hotel, Thorncrown Chapel, Historic Buildings

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces up to 2 miles per day, stand in museums for up to 3 hours, and climb on and off motor coach without difficulty.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant before departing from the Ozark Folk Life Center.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Leave Mountain View to continue your discovery of the Natural State. Stop at the Buffalo National River Area. The Buffalo River was the first river in the country to be designated as a national river. It originates in the highest part of the Ozarks and flows for just over 150 miles. The national river designation protects the river from industrial use or obstruction by dam. During a brief stop, you'll earn more about the beautiful river and its habitat, and walk ½ miles down an easy trail to see stunning views of the river. Continue your journey as you head to Eureka Springs to spend the rest of the day.

Lunch: Savor lunch in the Crystal Ballroom of the Crescent Hotel. Built in 1886, the Crescent Hotel has been the crown jewel of Eureka Springs, providing great food in an elegant setting. PRESENTATION: Learn about the early history of Eureka Springs and why people came from all over to experience the healing power of the springs in a presentation from a local resident.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Explore Eureka Springs, named one a distinctive destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Be inspired by the majestic glass and wood beam frame of the beautiful Throwncrown Chapel, nestled on a mountainside. Get inside the award-winning chapel to marvel at its design. You’ll have some free time to explore the town’s quaint shops, art galleries, boutiques and museums.

Dinner: Continue your journey through the state as you move on to Bentonville/Rogers, where you will enjoy dinner at a well-known local restaurant and check in to your hotel.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rogers - Pinnacle Hills

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All-suite hotel. New guest room decor with 37 inch flat panel televisions. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet is available in all rooms. We are 100% smoke free ! We provide alarm clocks with an IPOD connection. Our rooms will include our mini-fridge and wet bar, coffee maker, microwave. Free morning newspaper delivered to rooms. Health and Fitness Center (On-site): 2 treadmills along with an elliptical and exercise bike to get your heart pumping before you hit our hand weights which range from 5lbs to 30lbs.

Contact info:
803 S. 52nd Street
Rogers, AR 72758 USA
phone: 479-845-1300
Room amenities: High Speed Internet access, business center, printer, fax, indoor pool, laundry, dry cleaning, ice machines each floor, safe deposit boxes

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, October 10 - Bentonville: Crystal Bridges Museum of American A...
Bentonville: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Walmart Visitors Center

Note: Standing in museum for several hours; optional walk on art trails surrounding museum for 1-2 miles

Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel before your day at the museum.

Morning: PRESENTATION: The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the most-talked-about museum in the United States in a generation. Find out more about the origins and development of the project from a local expert. Endowed by the Walton Family Foundation, it joins the ranks of the richest museums in the country and has collected an impressive collection of American art. Find out more about the museum in a private presentation from museum staff before your visit begins. FIELD TRIP: Explore the nature trails around the museum. You may choose to join the group for a one-mile walk on the art trails, or opt to take a shorter walk to see outdoor sculpture and springs closer to the museum.

Lunch: Your lunch will be in Crystal Bridges Museum or at a restaurant nearby so you can spend most of the afternoon at the museum.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Crystal Bridges museum to see a collection of American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day, as well as touring collections from national art institutions. The collection includes masterpieces such as Charles Wilson Peale’s and Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington, Normal Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter and works by John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase and Andy Warhol. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the museum consists of a series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds. A series of outdoor trails covering 120 acres of forests and gardens surrounds the museum. Enjoy a guided tour and time for independent exploration of the museum. FIELD TRIP: No trip to Bentonville is complete without considering the influence of the Walton family and the Walmart Corporation on the community. Stop by the original 5 & 10 store to see where the Walmart story began. Look through an interactive gallery that tells the story of the development of the Walmart Corporation.

Dinner: Find the restaurant of your choice from one of many on the Bentonville town square, adjacent to the Walmart Visitor Center, before heading back to the hotel for the night.

Evening: Those who choose to remain at Crystal Bridges and eat dinner on their own inside the museum will be picked up by the bus at a designated time for return to the hotel.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rogers - Pinnacle Hills

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Deluxe room with city view or river view. Spacious rooms with Work desk, data ports, hair dryers, 2 phone lines, high speed internet access available, remote control tv, clock radio, coffee makers, and voice mail. USA Today delivered weekdays. In our rooms, we offer: FREE High Speed Internet Access, 180* Door Viewer, Air Conditioning, Alarm Radio, Automatic Door Closer, Balcony, Bathrobe, Bathroom amenities, Cable TV including HBO,CNN,ESPN and Pay Per View available, Clock Radio, Coffee Maker, Electronic Locks, Electronic Smoke Detector, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Lever Door Handles, Modem, Non-Smoking, Work Desk with Lamp

Contact info:
424 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201 USA
phone: 501-372-4371
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact hotel to book additional nights and ask for special Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, October 11 - Travel back to Little Rock; Lunch at Wiederkehr W...
Travel back to Little Rock; Lunch at Wiederkehr Winery; Heifer International Ranch

Note: Board motor coach without difficulty; travel for up to 5 hours in a motor coach

Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel prior to check out for return to Little Rock.

Morning: Stop at a point of interest on trip back to Little Rock.

Lunch: Lunch at the Swiss Chalet of the Wiederkehr Winery in Altus- choose from a wide selection of menu items.

Afternoon: Learn more about the efforts of Heifer International to end poverty and hunger around the world through a visit to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville. You'll see how the foundation tries to empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. See how this farm, filled with gardens and livestock, is used to educate people about sustainable solutions to poverty. Return to Little Rock at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: After your initial exploration of the Natural State, return to Little Rock for some well-deserved rest and time on your own to explore the city. You may choose to eat at the restaurant in the hotel, or venture out into the nearby River Market district to find your favorite foods.

Lodging: Double Tree Hotel Little Rock

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Deluxe room with city view or river view. Spacious rooms with Work desk, data ports, hair dryers, 2 phone lines, high speed internet access available, remote control tv, clock radio, coffee makers, and voice mail. USA Today delivered weekdays. In our rooms, we offer: FREE High Speed Internet Access, 180* Door Viewer, Air Conditioning, Alarm Radio, Automatic Door Closer, Balcony, Bathrobe, Bathroom amenities, Cable TV including HBO,CNN,ESPN and Pay Per View available, Clock Radio, Coffee Maker, Electronic Locks, Electronic Smoke Detector, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Lever Door Handles, Modem, Non-Smoking, Work Desk with Lamp

Contact info:
424 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201 USA
phone: 501-372-4371
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact hotel to book additional nights and ask for special Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, October 12 - Hot Springs- Garvan Gardens, Hot Springs National...
Hot Springs- Garvan Gardens, Hot Springs National Park, Thermal Bathhouses,

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces up to 2 miles per day, stand in museums for up to 3 hours, and climb on and off motor coach without difficulty.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel before leaving by motor coach for a day in Hot Springs.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Venture out for a day in Hot Springs, which draws its name from the array of natural springs that still supply heated water for thermal baths. We’ll start out in the Hot Springs National Park, the smallest in the National Park System. The park was designated as Hot Springs Reservation in 1832 to protect the naturally flowing thermal springs. Explore the history and geology of the area with an expert. Stroll through Bathhouse Row and visit a bathhouse. Following your tour, you’ll have some free time, during which you may choose to take a bath, get a massage, or just explore the downtown area on your own.

Lunch: Eat lunch on your own in Hot Springs during your free time activities.A wide variety of restaurants line Central Avenue across the street from the bath houses.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Nature lovers will delight in a visit to Garvan Woodland Gardens, featuring over 200 acres of floral landscapes, streams, waterfalls in a natural woodland setting. A docent will show you the highlights of the gardens, and then you will have time to explore the buildings and trails on your own as you discover this gem of the Ouachita Mountains.

Dinner: You can’t leave Arkansas without trying some of its famous barbecue. Return to Little Rock to feast at the Whole Hog Café, home of world champion barbecue. Try the succulent pulled pork, some other meat, or a variety of vegetable side dishes for a dinner you won’t soon forget! At a festive farewell dinner, say good-bye to the other participants and reflect on the many diverse things you have learned about Arkansas during your week. We hope you appreciate the state’s history, natural beauty, and cultural offerings.

Lodging: Double Tree Hotel Little Rock

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eight: Monday, October 13 - Check-out and depart
Breakfast: Full breakfast served at your hotel.

Morning: Check-out and departure. We hope you have enjoyed this very special event and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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7 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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