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.
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.Dinner: Dinner at hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. 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: 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: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
We board the motor coach and continue to Yosemite Valley with a stop at Tunnel View for a photo op of the world famous view of the Valley.Dinner: Dinner at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Food Court. Dinner coupon will have an $19 value. Purchases over $19 will be an out-of-pocket expense of the individual.Lodging: Yosemite Lodge at the FallsMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
First stop is El Capitan Meadow for a straight up view of El Capitan, a favorite for experienced rock climbers. Rising more than 3,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is the largest monolith of granite in the world.
Second stop is Bridalveil Fall for a walk to the base of the falls.Lunch: Lunch on your own
Dining options will be listed in the “Yosemite Guide”, the park newspaper which is published several times a year. You may view a current copy of the newspaper online at http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm
Ride the free Yosemite Valley Shuttle to the Ahwahnee Lodge, Curry Village Pavilion Buffet, or eat at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Mountain Room or Food Court.Afternoon: During your free afternoon, visit the Visitor's Center, Yosemite Museum, the Ansel Adams Gallery, take a hike on you own or join the instructor for a hike to Happy Isles.Dinner: Dinner at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Lodging: Yosemite Lodge at the FallsMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
We continue to Carson City, Nevada's territorial and state capital, which has a rich and colorful frontier past. Carson City was founded as a community in 1858, seven years after the first settlement of Eagle Station trading post in 1851. Carson City is named for the famous frontiersman and scout Christopher "Kit" Carson.Dinner: Dinner on your own at one of the restaurants within walking distance of the hotelEvening: Free time to explore Carson CityLodging: Carson City Plaza HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Then it's on to Virginia City, one of the largest National Historical Landmarks in the country. The city held the attention of the world with its mining industry for more than half a century, pouring over $700 million in gold and silver into an ever-expanding nation.
The Fourth Ward School is the last school standing of its kind. Follow students’ footsteps through the authentically preserved 1876 Victorian school building. Sit in the same wooden desks as the children and teachers did from 1876 to 1936.
Dinner: Dinner at local restaurantEvening: CLASS: Meet the author of a definitive book on the Donner Party who shares their dramatic story with us.Lodging: Carson City Plaza HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Complete our exploration of the Tahoe Basin with a gondola ride at Heavenly Valley for a spectacular view of the Lake Tahoe Basin.Dinner: Buffet dinner at a hotel at the lakeLodging: Carson City Plaza HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
On the return to Eureka, we'll visit picturesque Trinidad Harbor. Trinidad is California's smallest incorporated city (in 2000 the population was 311) and is noted for its spectacular coastline and remarkable offshore rocks.Dinner: Dinner at Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving cookhouse in the West, serving food - lumber camp style!
Evening: After dinner there’ll be time to look at all the pictures and exhibits chronicling the lumber industry that's so important to this area.
Lodging: Red Lion Hotel EurekaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We continue to Humboldt Redwoods State Park where we meet our guide for a short walk in the redwoods. Located along the Eel River, Humboldt Redwoods State Park contains some of the world's most majestic ancient redwood groves.Lunch: We eat our picnic lunch on the deck at the Visitor's Center surrounded by the beautiful redwoods.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We board the motor coach to head for Mendocino. We journey west to the California coast and travel south on breath-taking Hwy. 1 to Mendocino. Despite its small size, the town's scenic location on a headland surrounded by the Pacific Ocean has made it extremely popular as an artist colony and with vacationers. Many of its early settlers were New Englanders, as was true with many older Northern California towns. Its economy declined after 1940, and it became a somewhat isolated village until discovered by the region's art community. It has been the setting for numerous films including "Same Time Next Year" and "The Russians Are Coming" as well as the popular TV series "Murder She Wrote."Dinner: Dinner in Garden Room, Mendocino HotelEvening: CLASS: Local expert presents a class on the Pomo Indians of the area.Lodging: Mendocino Hotel and Garden SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Next stop is the Botanical Garden which is the only public garden in the continental U.S. that sits directly on the Pacific Ocean. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers alike.Lunch: Picnic lunch allows you to explore the gardens at your leisure.Afternoon: After lunch we return to Mendocino where you may choose to walk along the headlands, visit the two museums or stroll the small town streets to visit galleries and interesting shops.Dinner: Dinner in Garden Room, Mendocino HotelLodging: Mendocino Hotel and Garden SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our 'California National Park Medley: From Giant Sequoias to Coast Redwoods' program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Fresno, CA 93710
Learn more about California's sixth largest city which also serves as a gateway to the state's most spectacular national parks--Kings Canyon, Yosemite, and Sequoia National Park--as well as local tourism informaiton.
For additional information, visit: http://playfresno.org
Eureka, CA 95501
Learn more about the Victorian seaport City of Eureka and the rich cultural and historic character of the area. Download or view the online Visitor Guide that's fileld with current tourist information.For additional information, visit: http://eurekachamber.com/
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 391-2000
This is a well-designed website featuring an online Visitor's Guide and packed with information about lodging, restaurants, attractions and San Francisco's diverse and colorful neighborhoods.For additional information, visit: http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
Burlingame, CA 94010
Order your free Visitor's Guide to the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley area, which is located on a 60-mile peninsula immediately south of San Francisco. It's bordered on the east by San Francisco Bay, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean and encompasses over 450 square miles. Order your free guide online or by calling (800) 288-4748.For additional information, visit: http://www.smccvb.com/