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Southwest Landscape Photography With an Arizona Highways Photographer!

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Program #1046RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Elevation Note
Overnight trip to the Grand Canyon and Sedona will be from 3000 - 7000 feet.

Equipment Requirements
1. Bring your own camera. 35 mm SLR or digital SLR recommended but not required. Wide angle (20-35 mm) lense, macro lens or close-up filter useful. Short to medium (80-200 mm) telephoto lense also useful. Tripod and cable release are invaluable. Program emphasis is on all phases of digital photography, but film and SLR users are also welcome to attend program and receive instruction from Arizona Highways Photographer. However, we will not be able to process SLR or print film for critique during the week; only digital photos will be critiqued during week. 2. Bring flash drive for critiquing photos.4. Bring warm clothing (layering and a coat) and close-toed shoes.

Itinerary for Oct 20 — Oct 25, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking

Contact info:
3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com

Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 169.00 + Tax
Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 20 - Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Please arrive at the hotel by 4:30pm. Check into your room at the front desk and at 5:00 pm register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 6:00 PM to settle into your room.

Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel at 6:00 p.m. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: After dinner we will have orientation. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions!

Lodging: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking

Contact info:
3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com

Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 169.00 + Tax
Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 21 - Photography Class//MacDonald Ranch Photos/ Cookou...
Breakfast: Buffet served daily 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Morning: Anyone with one of today's cameras can take a picture; not everyone can be called a photographer. Many of today's cameras are so "smart" that a person can literally point and shoot with the results being very acceptable more often than not. The question regarding equipment is, do you run it or does it run you? Which route to take? Your path or the beaten path? Discover your own unique path to stunning photography under the guided tutelage of an Arizona Highways Photographer. Unlock the secrets of professional photographers and learn to capture the "soul" of a place as opposed to merely its physical appearance. View the world with the eye of a photographer and uncover the beauty and picturesque moments and scenes surrounding you during this photography class.

Lunch: Lunch will be a a buffet meal at the hotel.

Afternoon: 1:00 pm to 3 pm. Critique I Class - email photo prior to program start to chuck@chucklawsen.com or bring it on a flash drive to critique in this class.

Afternoon: Field trip to 1300 acre Mac Donalds 's Ranch in the lush Sonoran Desert for Sunset Photo shoot. Experience the magic of the desert in the true spirit of the west. Enjoy endless saguaros and fascinating wildlife.

Dinner: Enjoy a cowboy cookout in a rustic old-west setting.

Evening: Return to hotel upon conclusion of photo shoot and cowboy cookout.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: www.grand-canyon-inn.com ♦ Heated swimming pool ♦ Handicap accessible rooms

Contact info:
317 South State Rd
Valle, AZ 86046 USA
phone: 928-635-9203
web: www.grand-canyon-inn.com

Room amenities: The Grand Canyon Inn is the perfect place to stay, dine, and shop during your Grand Canyon vacation. We offer 101 rooms in our motel complex. Almost all of our rooms have two queen-sized beds. The rooms are decorated in attractive Southwestern themes and offer many amenities such as in-room coffee service, hair dryers, and irons. All rooms are pet-free, have 32" flat-screen televisions, DirecTV digital satellite TV service, and direct dial phones. WiFi service is complimentary, and available in most rooms (please inquire). Individually-controlled heat and air conditioning is provided in all rooms for your comfort regardless of the time of year of your visit.

Facility amenities: In the late 1970s the family built the current Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, Arizona, and in 1977 built the first phase of the Grand Canyon Inn and restaurant as it exists today. In 1981 the motel expanded across the street with the A & B wing with 33 rooms. Expansions continued with two new wings and 40 more rooms as well as a swimming pool added in the mid-1990s. Today the Grand Canyon Inn has 101 rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, October 22 - Phoenix to Flagstaff to Cameron trading Post to/G...
Depart From: Check out of Hilton Garden Inn. Put luggage on Bus for Grand Canyon

Breakfast: Come down to breakfast at 6:00 depart for historic Cameron Trading Post by 7:15 am. Be sure checked out of your room.

Morning: Board bus for the Grand Canyon. Enjoy photo opportunities on the way up as you travel through the scenic high country of Arizona. 10:45 stop for a break in Flagstaff.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch and shopping at the Cameron Trading Post near the east entrance of the Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: Enjoy photo opportunities as you make your way from the east entrance of the Grand Canyon to Sunset Photos from 5:30 -6:00 p.m.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner at Bright Angel Lodge after sunset shoots.

Evening: Board bus for Grand Canyon Inn at Valle, AZ. Check into the hotel around 8:00pm

Lodging: Grand Canyon Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking

Contact info:
3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com

Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 169.00 + Tax
Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 23 - Grand Canyon/Sedona
Breakfast: 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. Cooked to order from the menu. Your own selection. Be sure to load suitcases by 9:00 a.m.

Morning: Board the bus at 9:00 to depart for Oak Creek Canyon overlook photo shoots. Depart for Slide Rock at 10:45 a.m. for photo shoot.

Morning: Enjoy a field trip to Sedona Red Rock Country. Located in Arizona's high desert under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau, the city of Sedona is blessed with four mild seasons marked by abundant sunshine and clean air. The rust-red color of the landscape, the burble of Oak Creek and the red mountains are an exquisite assault on the 5 senses. There is little wonder why the awe-inspiring views surrounding Sedona stir reverent feelings in its visitors. As the sun tracks across Sedona's turquoise-blue skies, the ageless mountains, spires, boulders, trees and occasional intermittent waterfalls that surround Sedona will display more colors than any ambitious rainbow, and provide endless opportunities for magnificent photos.

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunch at Slide Rock State Park.

Afternoon: Enjoy scenic areas such as Slide Rock, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, and other beautiful locations in Sedona. Sunset Shots at 5:30p.m to 6:00p.m. at Red Rock Crossing.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own in Sedona on Main Street.

Evening: Board bus for Phoenix. After arriving check back into the Hilton Garden Inn North in Phoenix.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences for Phoenix and beyond at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this Phoenix hotel is convenient to freeways and the Phoenix light rail system, making an ideal base for downtown Phoenix, and surrounding attractions. Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle Heated outdoor Pool and Spa Modern cardio and weight equipment Free Business center computers Full size refrigerator in every room Complimentary WiFi access Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers Self Parking/FREE Parking

Contact info:
3838 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: www.PhoenixAirportNorth.hgi.com

Room amenities: Make yourself at home in a Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North guest room. A microwave, full-size refrigerator and complimentary cable on the HDTV provide the comforts of home, while a Herman Miller ergonomic chair furnishes a touch of elegance. Stay connected at the oversized desk, or from the comfort of a Garden Sleep System® adjustable bed, with complimentary WiFi access. Spacious suites have pullout sofa-sleepers in the parlor to make great family rooms. Accessible rooms feature roll-in showers for ease of movement.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access throughout the hotel Cooked-to-order breakfast at The Great American Grill®, open 6am – 10pm Fitness center and outdoor swimming pool

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 169.00 + Tax
Request AAA or AARP Rate Let front desk know program number and week enrolled.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 24 - Desert Botanical Gardens and Photo Critique
Breakfast: Buffet served from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Morning: 9:00 a.m. board bus for photo shoot at the Desert Botanical Gardens. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 250,000 visitors each year. The stunning exhibits provide endless photo opportunities.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Desert Botanical Gardens.

Afternoon: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Critique your photos with an Arizona Highway's photographer.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. at the hotel.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 25 - Photo Workshop Critique/ Check out
Breakfast: Buffet from 6:00 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Morning: Photo workshop and review from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Checkout by 11:00 a.m. Have a safe trip home!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
25 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
13 Hands-on experiences

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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