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Program #14977RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
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Itinerary for Sep 29 — Oct 5, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Convenient location, minutes from major attractions, and outlet shopping.

Contact info:
2133 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster, PA 17602 USA
phone: 717-393-3413
web: www.countryinnoflancaster.com

Room amenities: Complimentary continental breakfast Coffee juice available in our lobby (24 hours) 2 queen sized beds in room Cable TV & HBO Elevators in both buildings Indoor/outdoor heated poolhot tub Hair dyers and Wireless internet in all our lobby areas

Facility amenities: Complimentary extended continental breakfast Color cable TV with HBO Coffee and juice available in our lobby (24 hours) Indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub Pub on site Restaurant on site Room Service Available Lounge Senior citizens discount AAA discount Kids stay FREE Hair dyers and iron/board inrooms ROLLAWAY AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST $10.00 ADDITIONAL ADDED TO RATE.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Prices Vary
Contact the hotel directly for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:15 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 29 - Individual arrivals and registrations/Dinner is s...
Individual arrivals and registrations/Dinner is served at the hotel/Program Orientation

Arrive To: CHECK IN: Please arrive at the Inn between 3:00-5:00pm. Check in at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. At this time you'll be given a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date itinerary and other useful information. You will then have until 5:45 PM to settle into your room.

Dinner: Enjoy an old fashioned turkey dinner with all the fixin's at Your Place Restaurant.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientation. This will provide you with information about the inn, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. We will ask participants to introduce themselves to the group. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions.

Lodging: Country Inn of Lancaster

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Convenient location, minutes from major attractions, and outlet shopping.

Contact info:
2133 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster, PA 17602 USA
phone: 717-393-3413
web: www.countryinnoflancaster.com

Room amenities: Complimentary continental breakfast Coffee juice available in our lobby (24 hours) 2 queen sized beds in room Cable TV & HBO Elevators in both buildings Indoor/outdoor heated poolhot tub Hair dyers and Wireless internet in all our lobby areas

Facility amenities: Complimentary extended continental breakfast Color cable TV with HBO Coffee and juice available in our lobby (24 hours) Indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub Pub on site Restaurant on site Room Service Available Lounge Senior citizens discount AAA discount Kids stay FREE Hair dyers and iron/board inrooms ROLLAWAY AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST $10.00 ADDITIONAL ADDED TO RATE.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Prices Vary
Contact the hotel directly for additional nights.

Check in time: 3:15 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 30 - Breakfast/Pennsylvania Railroad Museum/Picnic lun...
Breakfast/Pennsylvania Railroad Museum/Picnic lunch at the Strasburg Railroad/Ride the Strasburg Railroad/Dinner in an Amish home

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP:This morning we visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania where we will have a guided exploration of one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world. Devoted to preserving and interpreting the broad impact of railroad development on society, the museum: Displays over 100 locomotives and cars from the mid-19th and 20th centuries, including the priceless Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Collection. Has restored many of these unique survivors to original appearance, and pursues a major restoration program. Conducts educational programs for all ages, provides tours and holds special events, many in cooperation with outside organizations. The innovative Railway Education Center provides a focus for exciting learning. Houses extensive exhibits of railroad artifacts, plus priceless art work, books, photographs and corporate railroad material. Recognizes that railroad history is alive and continues being made in this new millennium. The Museum uses new technologies to preserve and interpret the unfolding story. Seeks to enhance its world-class status through a process of steady improvements involving public-private partnerships. PRESENTATION: Re-group in the class room where Ivan Frantz will discuss the Pennsylvania Railroad's vital role during the Civil War.

Lunch: A picnic lunch is served at the Strasburg Railroad.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy an afternoon journey aboard the Strasburg Railroad. The Strasburg Rail Road, a historic operating railroad located directly across the street from the Railroad Museum, runs their train rides in vintage coaches, mostly with steam locomotives. The rides are well narrated, with great views of Amish farmlands. Taking a trip on the Strasburg Railroad is an experience not to be forgotten!

Dinner: EVENING EXCURSION: Tonight a local guide takes us to a real Amish home for a traditonal Amish Meal. Following dinner he will take us through the true Amish countryside with a quick stop at an Amish Craft Store before sunset.

Lodging: Country Inn of Lancaster

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Woodlands Inn and Resort is a AAA three star hotel situated along the beautiful Laurel Run Stream on 40 wooded Pocono acres. Located close to Steamtown USA and other attractions near Wilkes-Barre. The Woodlands Inn & Resort is located west of Interstate 81 off exit 170B. This Inn is also very near local attractions for Wilkes Barre tourists, such as the Pocono Mountains, Pocono Downs Harness Track, Pocono International Raceway, Montage Ski Area and Lackawanna Coal Mine Tours.

Contact info:
1073 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 USA
phone: 570-824-9831 xor8007622222
web: www.thewoodlandsresort.com/managers.asp

Room amenities: Renovated in 2006: iron and board, hairdryer, coffee maker, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, guestroom print capabilities, 80 pay per view movies, 26 flat screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Discover wellness in the woods! If you're tired of feeling like you have to be in shape to get in shape, you don't have to feel that way anymore in our fully equipped fitness center. Our health club is an intimate non-intimidating fitness studio dedicated to your well being. Let the pulsating jets and the 100 + degree water temperature soothe away any bumps or bruises in our 17,000 gallon Jacuzzi. Located alongside is our indoor pool where you can cool down after you dip in the Jacuzzi. During the warmer months our outdoor pool is open, cocktails and lunch are also served poolside. The weight training and aerobic center features a comprehensive array of weight resistance and cardiovascular conditioning equipment.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, October 01 - Breakfast is served at the hotel/Morning Travel t...
Breakfast is served at the hotel/Morning Travel to the Pioneer Tunnel Railroad & Coal Mine/Lunch/Wilkes-Barre Station/Dinner

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Travel back through time on an old-time narrow gauge steam locomotive, the Henry Clay. Built in the 1920's, The Henry Clay takes you on a scenic three-quarter mile ride around the side of Mahanoy Mountain to show you another kind of mining called strip mining. You'll visit the Mammoth Stripping, an area where an unusually thick seam of anthracite known as the Mammoth Vein outcrops to the surface of the earth. Here, in days gone by, monstrous steam shovels ripped out millions of tons of coal from the exposed vein and left a wall of solid rock 150 feet high extending westward as far as the eye can see. Much of the coal was pulled out by the narrow gauge predecessors of our own Henry Clay . . . a lot of it on the same track bed. You'll learn about the Centralia mine fire as you gaze across the valley to find smoke rising out of the ground. This perpetual underground fire has resisted all attempts to extinguish it, and has necessitated the relocation of many residents. Nearby is a relic "bootleg" coal hole. This and others in the area were dug by men who were willing to defy trespass laws and brave cave-ins to obtain a few bags of coal to sell or heat their homes. Pioneer Tunnel is a horizontal drift mine. Its level tunnel runs 1800 feet straight into the side of the Mahanoy Mountain. You make the trip riding in open mine cars pulled by a battery-operated mine motor. The mine is inspected daily by the mine's foreman and periodically by state mine inspectors. The temperature inside the mine averages 52 degrees, so a sweater or jacket is recommended. Deep inside the mine, you will alight from your car and follow your miner-guide as you are given an explanation of how coal is mined. There are storyboards inside the mine depicting the mining operation. Your guide will point out the numerous coal seams and describe various configurations of passageways, some cut from solid rock in order to reach the coal. The tour is educational as well as entertaining.

Lunch: Lunch is included today at Restaurant at the Station, a lovely Victorian style depot turned restaurant.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: During lunch, we enjoy a presentation from a local architect who was instrumental in the restoration of this lovely, historic depot. Then we depart for our hotel in Wilkes-Barre.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Enjoy some down time at the hotel after returning from dinner.

Lodging: The Woodlands Inn & Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Woodlands Inn and Resort is a AAA three star hotel situated along the beautiful Laurel Run Stream on 40 wooded Pocono acres. Located close to Steamtown USA and other attractions near Wilkes-Barre. The Woodlands Inn & Resort is located west of Interstate 81 off exit 170B. This Inn is also very near local attractions for Wilkes Barre tourists, such as the Pocono Mountains, Pocono Downs Harness Track, Pocono International Raceway, Montage Ski Area and Lackawanna Coal Mine Tours.

Contact info:
1073 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 USA
phone: 570-824-9831 xor8007622222
web: www.thewoodlandsresort.com/managers.asp

Room amenities: Renovated in 2006: iron and board, hairdryer, coffee maker, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, guestroom print capabilities, 80 pay per view movies, 26 flat screen televisions.

Facility amenities: Discover wellness in the woods! If you're tired of feeling like you have to be in shape to get in shape, you don't have to feel that way anymore in our fully equipped fitness center. Our health club is an intimate non-intimidating fitness studio dedicated to your well being. Let the pulsating jets and the 100 + degree water temperature soothe away any bumps or bruises in our 17,000 gallon Jacuzzi. Located alongside is our indoor pool where you can cool down after you dip in the Jacuzzi. During the warmer months our outdoor pool is open, cocktails and lunch are also served poolside. The weight training and aerobic center features a comprehensive array of weight resistance and cardiovascular conditioning equipment.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, October 02 - Breakfast/Program at the Steamtown National Histo...
Breakfast/Program at the Steamtown National Historic Site/Lunch/Electric City Trolley Museum/Dinner/Evening presentation

Breakfast: A full hot buffet breakfast is served at the hotel.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy guided exploration of Steamtown which concludes with a train ride. Established by an act of the United States Congress on October 30, 1986, Steamtown officially opened to the public in the summer of 1995, and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2005. Congress established Steamtown to interpret the story of main line steam railroading between 1850 and 1950. Much of the collection of steam (and a few diesel) locomotives and freight and passenger cars was originally part of Steamtown USA. That collection was originally assembled by the late F. Nelson Blount and was located in several places in the northeast United States before moving from Bellows Falls, Vermont, to Scranton in 1984. Blount's death in an airplane accident in 1967 had cut off the main financial support for Steamtown USA, but much of his original dream to have a museum in a working railroad yard with excursions on steam trains and a functional locomotive shop has been realized at Steamtown NHS.

Lunch: Delight in a lovely buffet lunch at the beautifully restored Lackawana Station Hotel.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Enjoy self guided exploration at the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton. The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is a volunteer non-profit group that supports the activities of the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, at the Steamtown National Historic Site. The association is an outgrowth of predecessor preservation groups including Buckingham Valley Trolley Association and East Penn Valley Traction, which conveyed to the museum most of the trolleys and artifacts in its historic collection. Association members support the Electric City Trolley Museum with their time, talent, trolley expertise and contributions. The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is IRS recognized as a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization, We welcome anyone sharing our interest in electric railways of eastern Pennsylvania to find out more about the Electric City Trolley Museum Association through this web site, and to consider joining or supporting

Dinner: Dinner is included at a the hotel.

Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Experience true nostalgia as George Spohrer tells you of his childhood encounters on the railroad with Uncle Billy and Pete. George has been involved with many restoration projects and ran his own little locomotive on a mile of track along the lovely Susquehanna River for nearly ten years.

Lodging: The Woodlands Inn & Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Close to Horseshoe Curve and the Portage Railroads.

Contact info:
130 Patchway Road
Ducansville, PA 16635 USA
phone: 814-693-1800
web: www.choicehotels.com

Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV Computer Hook-up Free Local Calls Free Newspaper Mon-Fri Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access Hair Dryer In-Room Air Conditioning In-Room Coffee Maker Iron & Ironing Board Microwave RefrigeratorVoice Mail

Facility amenities: Braille Coded Exits, Braille Elevator(s), Bus Parking, Business Center Cocktail Lounge * Elevator(s) Exercise Room Free Continental Breakfast Gold Award Winner Government Travelers: FEMA Approved Guest Use Copy Machine * Guest Laundry * Indoor Pool Indoor Whirlpool/Hot Tub Interior Corridors No Pets Allowed Outdoor Parking Restaurant on premise Sun Deck

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: None
None

Check out time: 8:30 AM

Day Five: Thursday, October 03 - Tioga Central Railroad/Historic Bellfonte
Breakfast: A full hot buffet breakfast at the hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Ride the Tioga Central Railroad. The Tioga Central Railroad of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania operates excursion and charter trains on a thirty-four mile railroad extending north from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to a location about three miles south of Corning, New York. Enjoy a lovely lunch prepared right on board the train on this hour and a half long scenic ride.

Lunch: Lunch on the train

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the lovely town of Bellefonte for a presentation on the historical significance of the site before traveling to our hotel for check-in.

Dinner: Dinner is included at a local restaurant

Lodging: Comfort Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Close to Horseshoe Curve and the Portage Railroads.

Contact info:
130 Patchway Road
Ducansville, PA 16635 USA
phone: 814-693-1800
web: www.choicehotels.com

Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV Computer Hook-up Free Local Calls Free Newspaper Mon-Fri Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access Hair Dryer In-Room Air Conditioning In-Room Coffee Maker Iron & Ironing Board Microwave RefrigeratorVoice Mail

Facility amenities: Braille Coded Exits, Braille Elevator(s), Bus Parking, Business Center Cocktail Lounge * Elevator(s) Exercise Room Free Continental Breakfast Gold Award Winner Government Travelers: FEMA Approved Guest Use Copy Machine * Guest Laundry * Indoor Pool Indoor Whirlpool/Hot Tub Interior Corridors No Pets Allowed Outdoor Parking Restaurant on premise Sun Deck

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: None
None

Check out time: 8:30 AM

Day Six: Friday, October 04 - Breakfast/Allegheny Portage Railroad/Lunch/Railro...
Breakfast/Allegheny Portage Railroad/Lunch/Railroaders Museum & Horseshoe Curve/Dinner

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Railroaders Museum in Altoona. The Railroaders Memorial Museum (RMM) is a railroad museum in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The museum is dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of railroaders and their families to American life and industry. Altoona is one of the hubs of the area's growing tourist industry. Many significant cultural resources are within the city itself, and most of these resources are linked directly to the city's long history as a railroad center. Altoona is in a section of southwestern Pennsylvania that is home to a number of significant cultural and historic resources. The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Horseshoe Curve National Historic Site, Staple Bend Tunnel (America's first railroad tunnel), and the historic iron furnace at Mt. Etna are all within 25 miles (40 km) of Altoona.

Lunch: Lunch is included

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad Museum and then visit the Horseshoe Curve. Ride on the funicular to the center of the curve and watch the trains roll by. Horseshoe Curve is a famous railroad horseshoe curve in central Pennsylvania, near Altoona in the United States. Called an "engineering marvel", it was completed in 1854 by the Pennsylvania Railroad.[3] It was later used by the Penn Central, then Conrail, and is currently owned and operated by the Norfolk Southern Railway. Amtrak's Pennsylvanian passenger train traverses the curve. The Curve is located in Kittanning Gap at the summit of the Allegheny Front, approximately 5 miles (8 km) west of Altoona. The bend is a tight arc of approximately 220 degrees. It comprises two separate curves; on the north side, the radius measures 637 ft (194 m), tightening to 609 ft (186 m) on the south side.

Dinner: Dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Comfort Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, October 05 - Breakfast/Travel to Lancaster
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.

Morning: Return to Lancaster for final departure. We will make stops at the Harrisburg Airport or Amtrak station as needed.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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