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9 Days | 8 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Meals: 22 total, 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Embassy Suites Los Angeles International Airport/South: Los Angeles Airport Area,...
Type: Hotel

Description: The beautiful Embassy Suites Hotel is an upscale, full-service hotel conveniently located just one mile south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and an ideal stopover point for LAX travelers. The hotel offers spacious two-room suites surrounding a lush tropical atrium. Wireless highspeed Internet access is available throughout the hotel. With easy access to all freeways, it's located within an hour's drive to dozens of Los Angeles-area tourist attractions and local beaches. 24-hour complimentary LAX Airport shuttle to/from hotel.

Contact info:
1440 E. Imperial Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245 USA
phone: 310-640-3600
web: embassysuites1.hilton.com

Room amenities: All of the 350 spacious two-room suites have a galley kitchen; wet bar; two remote control color TV's with cable and in-suite movies; electronic locks; coffee maker; iron/ironing board; hair dryer; and free daily newspaper.

Facility amenities: The hotel provides guests with an Indoor pool, whirlpool, sundeck and exercise room; gift shop; room service; laundry/valet service; ATM; baggage storage and luggage hold; and news stand. Each suite has a dining area with refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, and wet bar with dishware; and two TV's and pay-per-view movies. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Wi-Fi Internet service is available throughout the hotel and all guest rooms at a rate of $9.95/day per device. Guests may sign up for service at the hotel's front desk. A password is required.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on availability
Reservations may be made directly with the hotel by calling (310) 640-3600 and asking for Jennifer Rodriguez (Sales Dept.). Identify yourself as a member of the Road Scholar group and mention the start date of the Road Scholar program you are attending. Preferred rates are not guaranteed.

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Montecito Sequoia Lodge: Sierra Nevada Mountains - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National...
Type: Resort

Description: The Lodge is nestled beside a small private lake in the Sequoia National Forest, surrounded by magnificent Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and offers spectacular views of the high Sierras and the Great Western Divide. Accommodations include spacious lodge rooms and cozy cabins. Montecito Lake Resort has a heated pool, hot tub, and, of course, Lake Homavalo. In 2006, Montecito Sequoia Lodge was rated one of the best family camp resorts in the country by “Good Morning, America”.

Contact info:
63410 General's Hwy
Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633 USA
phone: 559-565-3388
web: www.mslodge.com

Room amenities: The Lodge features simple, clean and convenient rooms with private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Montecito Sequoia Lodge provides a large recreation room, dining room and a no-host bar. Guests may enjoy the heated swimming pool, hot tub, 10 jet spa, a variety of water sports on the lake, hiking trails, fishing, tennis, volleyball, and other outdoor activities. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Free WiFi Internet access is available in the Main Lodge. No password is required. However, access may be slow and spotty depending upon the number of users and the weather.

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

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls: Sierra Nevada Mountains - Yosemite National Park, 2...
Type: Lodge

Description: As the closest property to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is an idyllic spot for families, group retreats and visitors seeking the comforts of a hotel after an exciting day exploring the wilderness. In 1998, the main complex was redesigned with an emphasis on glass and wood detailing to blend harmoniously with its surroundings. Landscaping of indigenous trees, shrubs and wildflowers further reflect the natural beauty of Yosemite Valley. An outdoor amphitheater located in the center of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls features nightly ranger/naturalist programs, slide presentations and scenic movies during the summer.

Contact info:
9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 USA
phone: 209-372-1274
web: www.yosemitepark.com/yosemite-lodge.aspx

Room amenities: Road Scholar participants will enjoy the comfort of the Lodge rooms which open to a patio or a balcony. All guest rooms have a private bathroom, dressing area, hair dryer, activity table, telephone and television with select programming. The bedding configuration is two double beds. The lodge offers daily maid service. No cooking is allowed in the rooms. NOTE: Road Scholar participants MUST provide a credit card or cash deposit when checking in to cover any incidental expenses which may be incurred during their stay.

Facility amenities: Yosemite Lodge at The Falls has a total of 249 rooms. It is composed of 226 "lodge rooms", 19 "standard rooms", and 4 "family rooms." Instead of having every room in a single building, the rooms are spread out over a total of 15 separate buildings, each with anywhere from nine to thirty-six rooms. There are 1 to 2 floors, depending on the building. NOTE: There are no elevators in any of the buildings. Guests must climb stairs to sleeping rooms on the 2nd floor. The Lodge offers an array of amenities and services to meet your needs. Casual dining is available at The Mountain Room Restaurant serving signature California cuisine such as steaks, seafood, chicken and pasta dishes. A full bar is also available. For cocktails and lighter fare, visit the adjacent Mountain Room Lounge. The Food Court offers hot and cold entrees and desserts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Coffee Corner, located in the Food Court, has a variety of hot and cold coffee and tea drinks, bagels and pastries, and hand-dipped ice cream. YOSEMITE LODGE WI-FI INTERNET ACCESS: Wireless access is complimentary to all Yosemite Lodge guests upon check-in, including guest rooms and conference spaces. An ATM is located in the lobby near the tour desk. The Yosemite Lodge Gift Shop sells sundries, newspapers, gift items, magazines, books, posters, snacks, jewelry and apparel. The Nature Shop offers unique sculptures, original photographs by Yosemite's leading professionals, one-of-a-kind Native American art, as well as apparel, music and videos. A full-service post office, including parcel post, is available onsite. The Lodge offers a heated outdoor swimming pool that is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. Free shuttle service to various locations in Yosemite Valley is accessible from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.

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

Dow Hotel & Dow Villa Motel: Sierra Nevada Mountains - Owens Valley, 1 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The Dow Historic Hotel was built in the early 1920's primarily to house movie industry personnel who frequently came to the Owens Valley to film Westerns, including John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Clint Eastwood. Many early Westerns and the epic "Gunga Din" were filmed in the ancient Alabama Hills to the west of town. The hotel faces the beautiful, snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountain range and magnificent Mt. Whitney, which at 14, 496 ft. is the highest peak in the lower 48 States. Lone Pine is also the gateway to Death Valley National Park, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level. The Dow Villa Motel, adjacent to the Dow Historic Hotel, was built in three stages in the late 1950's and early 1960's to meet the growing demand for more rooms. The hotel boasts a refined, graceful air and still attracts many film and TV companies. The Dow property is all non-smoking and has been family-owned and operated since 1957.

Contact info:
310 S. Main St.
Lone Pine, CA 93545 USA
phone: 800-824-9317
web: www.dowvillamotel.com

Room amenities: The Dow Historic Hotel guest room decor is vintage-1930's. The quaint rooms are simple with private bathrooms, remote control TVs and phones.

Facility amenities: Centrally heated and cooled, the non-smoking Dow Villa Motel and Historic Dow Hotel provide many amenities including a hot, bubbly spa and seasonally-heated pool, beautiful lobby and courtyard areas, 24-hour restaurant next door to the hotel, and a big-screen TV in the lobby. There is a coffee and tea bar for guests in the Hotel lobby. A laundromat is located across Main St. from the hotel. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Wireless Internet access is available at no charge only in the lobby area, not in the guest rooms. No password is required.

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

Stovepipe Wells Resort: Owens Valley - Death Valley National Park, 2 nights
Type: Motel

Description: Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel is located approximately 24 miles northwest of Furnace Creek, CA and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Guests may explore five billion-year-old rock formations, swim year round in a sparkling heated swimming pool, watch the sun set behind surrealistic sand dunes and observe such unique animal life as squeaking lizards. The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the most photographed sand dunes in the world, are are just a short distance away.

Contact info:
Highway 190
Death Valley, CA 92328 USA
phone: 760-786-2387
web: www.escapetodeathvalley.com/hotel

Room amenities: The interior designs of each room echo traditional Native American weavings and customs. Each guest room is provided with a coffeemaker, 2 bottles of complimentary water, an iron/ironing board, digital clock radio with iPod input jack, hairdryer and ample refrigerated air. Most of the spacious bathrooms are outfitted with a tub and shower combination. To enhance the tranquility of the Death Valley natural experience, no telephone service is provided in any of the rooms. All rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted outdoors, at least 50 feet away from public entrances.

Facility amenities: Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel offers 83 comfortable rooms, some surrounding a tranquil courtyard, as well as a spacious banquet room and presentation lounge. Guests have access to the Toll Road Restaurant & Badwater Saloon, a heated swimming pool, ATM, The Nugget Gift Shop and The General Store which offers food items, limited groceries, beverages and sundry items. All buildings are ground floor and within walking distance of the main facility, which houses the restaurant, saloon, gift shop, general store and swimming pool. There is no laundry facility on site. (The nearest laundromats are located outside the park in Beatty and Pahrump.) INTERNET and CELL PHONE SERVICE: Internet access is currently available at no charge in the reception area, with intermittent WiFi in every room. Their system is satellite-based and slower than other technologies. It generally works well for web browsing and email, but performance time is very slow for uploading and downloading photos and big files. The system is particularly busy and runs slow between 7:00-10:00 p.m. Death Valley offers only limited cell phone service. Several pay phones are available on the property.

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

Check out time: 11:00 AM

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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8 nights of accommodations
22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips


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