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Program #21181RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Sep 24 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the heart of St. Paul's downtown retail and business district and near the Mississippi River. The hotel offers and indoor skyway to adjacent retail space, restaurants, businesses and government centers.

Contact info:
11 Kellogg Boulevard East
St. Paul, MN 55101 USA
phone: 651-292-1900
web: www.cpstpaul.com

Room amenities: The property has 470 guest rooms. Rooms feature complimentary wireless Internet access, hairdryer, cable TV, radio alarm clock, iron/ironing board, and coffee/tea maker.

Facility amenities: This non-smoking property includes a 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, onsite restaurant, onsite lounge, lobby coffee shop, high speed Internet access in lobby, concierge services, same day dry-cleaning pickup, ATM, safety deposit boxes (available at the front desk) and attached covered parking garage (fees apply).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: contact hotel
To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Crowne Plaza by phone at 651-292-1900. Be sure to mention that you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to look at additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible that the hotel may sell out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, September 24 - Orientation/ Welcome Dinner/ Gangster History
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 3:00 PM

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Registration begins at 3:30 P.M.

ORIENTATION begins at 4:15 P.M. We’ll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the schedule, noting any changes or particular highlights, discuss safety guidelines, responsibilities, emergency procedures, Q&A, and talk a bit about what’s going on in St. Paul this week.

Road Scholar’s FLEX programs are designed for independent-minded participants who want high quality educational content in a structured framework with more free time than our traditional all-inclusive programs. In this City Highlights program, you will have expert-led presentations and field trips that showcase some of St. Paul’s most notable features. The program includes two meals per day so you can enjoy local dining out on your own for lunch or dinner (depending on the day) as well as a significant amount of free time for personal independent exploration.

Your welcome packet has suggestions for free time activities and dining options, and the Group Leader will be happy to offer recommendations.

During free time, the Group Leader will be available to lead optional informal activities and/or dining out experiences that you are welcome to join at your own cost if you like. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Your program fee includes a 3-day unlimited city bus pass which will allow you to travel throughout the city via bus during your stay.



Dinner: Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at our hotel tonight.

Begin getting to know your fellow participants and find out what interest you share in addition to your love of learning.

Evening: Start off with a bang this evening as Edna the Kissing Bandit joins us, bringing to life St. Paul’s colorful history through the tumultuous era of gangsters and prohibition. From Dillinger to Baby Face Nelson and of course, Ma Barker….literally most notorious criminals in the country holed up in “safe” St. Paul in the 1930’s.



Lodging: Crowne Plaza St. Paul

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the heart of St. Paul's downtown retail and business district and near the Mississippi River. The hotel offers and indoor skyway to adjacent retail space, restaurants, businesses and government centers.

Contact info:
11 Kellogg Boulevard East
St. Paul, MN 55101 USA
phone: 651-292-1900
web: www.cpstpaul.com

Room amenities: The property has 470 guest rooms. Rooms feature complimentary wireless Internet access, hairdryer, cable TV, radio alarm clock, iron/ironing board, and coffee/tea maker.

Facility amenities: This non-smoking property includes a 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, onsite restaurant, onsite lounge, lobby coffee shop, high speed Internet access in lobby, concierge services, same day dry-cleaning pickup, ATM, safety deposit boxes (available at the front desk) and attached covered parking garage (fees apply).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: contact hotel
To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Crowne Plaza by phone at 651-292-1900. Be sure to mention that you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to look at additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible that the hotel may sell out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, September 25 - Exquisite Architecture – the Minnesota State Capi...
Exquisite Architecture – the Minnesota State Capitol / Fascinating History – Minnesota History Center

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Note: Today will be a more active day; although we will travel by taxi to various sites- there will be extensive standing on the fieldtrips.

Begin at the exquisite Minnesota State Capitol building, inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, set in a landscaped campus filled with fascinating monuments and memorials. Considered one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the nation, magnificent both inside and out, its marble dome is second only in size to that of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Our guide unravels a fascinating historical panorama from the Capitol’s early days to current political doings! Enjoy a behind-the-scenes architecture field trip. For the undaunted, climb up the 83 stairs to view the bronze chariot sculpture covered in gold leaf called the “Quadriga” over the main entrance which looks out over the city below (weather permitting).

Walk a few blocks then to another major landmark, the Cathedral of Saint Paul with treasures of art, history and Beaux Arts architecture. Dominating the St. Paul skyline and situated atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the Cathedral was designed in 1905 by Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, a French architect whose commission was to create a modern building, perfect in its acoustics and all other details.



Lunch: Travel a short distance to the Minnesota History Center where we will stop for lunch.

Afternoon: The Minnesota History Center is one of the largest historical centers in the U.S. with subjects as diverse as Charles Lindberg, Spam, wartime Minnesota, ice fishing and butter sculptures from the Minnesota Fair.

The Center is captivating as you “experience history” in this highly interactive museum. Step in to the Tornado House to relive an actual tornado passing over your “house”….an unforgettable experience.

Then enjoy a special opportunity to go behind-the-scenes for a peek at the restoration and preservation work taking place in the Center’s underground archives housing one million artifacts.

Later in the afternoon, depart either to the hotel or off for the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore on your own! Our group leader will have suggestions for you for your explorations, and will also be continuing on herself to one of her favorite intriguing places. Join her if you prefer or head off on your own explorations!



Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the many dining options in St. Paul! Sample some of the wonderful ethnic cuisine for a special treat!

Evening: Evening free time to experience your special places you would like to see!

Lodging: Crowne Plaza St. Paul

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Conveniently located in the heart of St. Paul's downtown retail and business district and near the Mississippi River. The hotel offers and indoor skyway to adjacent retail space, restaurants, businesses and government centers.

Contact info:
11 Kellogg Boulevard East
St. Paul, MN 55101 USA
phone: 651-292-1900
web: www.cpstpaul.com

Room amenities: The property has 470 guest rooms. Rooms feature complimentary wireless Internet access, hairdryer, cable TV, radio alarm clock, iron/ironing board, and coffee/tea maker.

Facility amenities: This non-smoking property includes a 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, onsite restaurant, onsite lounge, lobby coffee shop, high speed Internet access in lobby, concierge services, same day dry-cleaning pickup, ATM, safety deposit boxes (available at the front desk) and attached covered parking garage (fees apply).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: contact hotel
To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Crowne Plaza by phone at 651-292-1900. Be sure to mention that you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to look at additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible that the hotel may sell out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, September 26 - The Cathedral of Saint Paul/ Summit Avenue Walk/ ...
The Cathedral of Saint Paul/ Summit Avenue Walk/ James J. Hill House/ Park Square Theatre Performance

Breakfast: Yummy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart this morning to view another major landmark, the Cathedral of Saint Paul. On our guided field trip, you'll delight in the treasures of art, history and Beaux Arts architecture found here.

Dominating the St. Paul skyline and situated atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the Cathedral was designed in 1905 by Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, a French architect whose commission was to create a modern building, perfect in its acoustics and all other details.

Later in the morning we'll enjoy a walk along Summit Avenue with its incredible expanse of Victorian mansions built over a century ago... 5 miles of stunning architectural beauty (we won't walk all 5 miles!).

Learn about the lumber barons and railroad millionaires ….and F. Scott Fitzgerald who all lived here. Explore the James J. Hill House, one of the mansions from the Gilded Age on this “longest expanse of Victorian architecture in the U.S.” Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, became one of the wealthiest Individuals in the U.S. His home features beautiful wood paneling and stained glass and the first private art gallery in Minnesota.



Lunch: On your own to explore one of the many delightful dining options in St. Paul. A city of great ethnic diversity, you’ll have a great opportunity to try new cuisine! Maybe you’ll want to make your way to the Hmong Market for a sample of their fascinating cuisine and take in the charm of their culture.

Afternoon: Time this afternoon on your own to explore those places you learned about yesterday but didn’t get to yet! Our group leader will be ready to go again this afternoon to lead those of you who want to join her into new adventures.

Dinner: Gather together for dinner tonight at Pazzaluna, one of our local favorite restaurants.

Evening: Head over after dinner to the Park Square Theatre, an intimate yet elegant progressive theatre, one of the most well-known in the Twin Cities. Get ready for an exciting production tonight. With the superb sightlines and acoustics, you are set for a great suspense-filled evening of fun! Performance: "Good People."

Lodging: Crowne Plaza St. Paul

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Four: Friday, September 27 - Talk by Mayor’s Staff/ Individual Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Gather with our group this morning to learn more about the city of today and tomorrow with a representative from the Mayor’s Office. You’ll come away wanting to know more, fascinated with the savvy and charm of this Capital City!

Then we’ll say our “goodbyes” as we each head off this afternoon….maybe you’ll yet make a stop at Garrison Keillor’s bookstore….or Mickey’s Diner…or check out Indian Mounds! Maybe you’ll just have to come back to savor some more of St. Paul's charm another time!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Saint Paul, MN
Common Good BooksGarrison Keillor is the proprietor of this gem of a bookstore located at 38 South Snelling Avenue near Grand in St. Paul. The bookstore holds many special events. The motto is, “live local, read large.” Call 651 -225- 8989 or visit www.commongoodbooks.com.
For additional information, visit: www.commongoodbooks.com
Como Park Zoo & ConservatoryThe Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit.

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. Information from www.comozooconservatory.org. For additional information call 651-487-8200 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.comozooconservatory.org

Fitzgerald TheaterFitzgerald Theater is Minnesota Public Radio’s largest broadcast studio, with airwaves reaching millions of people tuned in to “A Prairie Home Companion.” The theater seats 1000 and has artists, authors and radio host programs creating intellectually stimulating programs that delight and enlighten the vast public radio community. The Fitzgerald is St. Paul’s oldest theater and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. The address is 10 East Exchange Street, St. Paul. Phone 651 -290- 1200 or visit www.fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org.
For additional information, visit: www.fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org
Grand Avenue from Dale to ClevelandLooking for things to do in the Twin Cities? Look no further than Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Experience a small town feel in the big city, where charming traditions mingle with a modern lifestyle. Home to specialty businesses, many family owned and run.
For additional information, visit: www.grandave.com
Guthrie TheaterWhile the Guthrie Theater's mission and artistic excellence have remained constant, much has changed over the past four decades. What began as a summer season of four productions supported by a minimal staff is now a complex organization employing more than 900 people per year. As the Guthrie entered the millennium, plans began to build a new multistage theater center on the banks of the Mississippi River. It opened June 25, 2006, and the complex includes three stages: a classic thrust stage for the grand-scale classics of the centuries, a proscenium stage for the more intimate classics of this century, and a studio theater for developing the classics of tomorrow. Information from www.guthrietheater.org. For additional information call 612-225-6000 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.guthrietheater.org
Landmark CenterLandmark Center serves as a cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums and hosts countless special events. Houses the American Association of Woodturners Gallery, the Schubert Club musical instrument museum and the Ramsey County Historical Society. Call 651-292-3225 or visit www.landmarkcenter.org.
For additional information, visit: www.landmarkcenter.org
Mall of AmericaAs one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, Mall of America features 520 stores, 50 restaurants and attractions galore, including Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's largest theme park. Plus, there's no sales tax on clothing or shoes in Minnesota! Information from www.mallofamerica.com. For additional information call 952-883-8800 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.mallofamerica.com
Minneapolis Institute of ArtsIn 1883, twenty-five citizens of Minneapolis founded the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, committing them to bringing the arts into the life of their community. More than a century later, the museum they created, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, stands as a monument to a remarkable history of civic involvement and cultural achievement. The MIA's permanent collection has grown from eight hundred works of art to around eighty thousand objects. The MIA has seven curatorial areas: Arts of Africa & the Americas; Contemporary Art; Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture; Asian Art; Paintings; Photography and New Media; Prints and Drawings; and Textiles. Information from www.artsmia.org. For additional information call 612-870-3131 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.artsmia.org
Penumbra TheatrePenumbra Theatre was founded in 1975 by Lou Bellamy to create a forum for African-American voices in the Twin Cities’ well-respected theater community. Through its commitment to provide realistic, inspirational works that redefine the consciousness of its audience, the Penumbra quickly garnered praise and a loyal following. Over the years that followed, Penumbra has achieved national recognition for its quality productions and leadership role in launching the career of many respected playwrights, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. Address is 270 North Kent Street, St. Paul. Call 651-224-3180 or visit www.penumbratheatre.org.
For additional information, visit: www.penumbratheatre.org
Visit Saint Paul Convention & Visitors BureauCall for more information, 800.627.6101, or visit them online.
For additional information, visit: www.visitsaintpaul.com

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