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6 Days | 5 Nights
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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.
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Laura from Blacksburg, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
What an easy, well organized way to see so much incredible beauty... with diverse experiences, good lectures & presentations and a comfortable pace. Accommodations and food are simple and fine.

Sandra from Saint Charles, MO Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
Being in Sedona and at the Grand Canyon was a great experience. Garrett Roberts was a delightful and entertaining leader with great people skills. Our group was full of interesting and enjoyable conversationalists. We enjoyed both the people and the sightseeing! Sandy

Lendner from West River, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
My first Road Scholar trip and it was well organized, excellent lectures, speakers & guide with wonderful meals. Plus the weather was beautiful. Second trip to Grand Canyon but one I will certainly remember. The train trip in was quite entertaining. Garrett added much information and kept in touch with us with humor. We extended our stay at Super 8 and enjoyed a lot more in Flagstaff with family.

William from Georgetown, TX Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
Even if you have visited the Grand Canyon before, it is worth attending again so see and experience the location one more time.

Wayne from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
Great trip and pretty good balance between free time and structure. The trip just scratched the surface of what can be seen in the area

Ron from Brooklyn, IA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
If you are interested in exploring AND experiencing the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AS then this program is perfect for you. The leader is fun and interesting to be with.

Todd from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
Very good!!!

Rona from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
The trip was all we expected and more. The scenery was spectacular and the participants all were friendly . We enjoyed especially the critter lecture. I even held a snake!. I expect to do a lot of paintings from the photos i took. I highly recommend this trip. Rona from Houston tx

Bill from Williamsburg, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
Our trip had everything I had hoped for. Historic trains with extraordinary vistas, the Grand Canyon, and the many offerings of beautiful Sedona AZ. We had experiences and sessions that educated, enlightened and entertained.

Carolyn from Paoli, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/13 - 09/09/13
This was my first Road Scholar trip and it won't be my last. The Grand Canyon and Sedona areas are even more breathtaking when one is taught about the rocks and how they evolved through time. Give this trip a try. I don't think you will regret it.

Dawn from Apopka, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
It is hard to find the words to tell you how great this trip was/is. I say 'was' AND 'is' because although the course ended, the experience, beauty, and knowledge will last forever. Garrett and Dennis are good men and fountains of knowledge about the Sedona and Grand Canyon area. All our rides to various places were 'mini-classes' in geology, botany and biology. Each day had it's own unique beauty as well as great speakers and new friends. Stan Beus, geologist from NAU, gave us a fascinating talk on the geology of the Colorado Plateau and Grand Canyon. Chio Black, a Hopi elder, shared the history of the Hopi people in the area and of her own family and tribe from the Second Mesa. Margaret Mitchell later educated us on some critters of the area. Sedona is absolutely gorgeous in the big and small. Everywhere you go, you see the magnificent red rocks, flowers, forests, canyons. The Grand Canyon is . . . . the Grand Canyon. Awesome, beautiful, grand. No words or photos can capture the essence of it. Often I was moved to tears at the magnificence. Sunset at Hopi Point is spectacular (but not good for taking photos of the canyon as the light hits it because you are shooting into the sun). Sunrise was definitely worth getting up for. It's as though the canyon is asleep and rock by rock, it 'wakes up' as the light illuminates section by section. Walking back to the lodge, I encountered a magnificent elk munching away. Not only was this trip spectacular in and of itself, but it has made me want to come home and read MORE about geology and the Hopi tribe. THAT is a good program -- one that fills you up mind, body, and spirit AND makes you thirsty for more knowledge. All I can say to any of you considering the trip -- DO IT! All I can say to Garrett, Dennis, Stan, Chio, Margaret, the wonderful staff at NAU, and our group of fascinating group of fellow learners and new friends is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Maria from Apopka, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
Wow, what a trip, what an organization, what a learning experience and what a leader! Since I was a little girl in Cuba I wanted to see the Grand Canyon, and I finally saw it when I am 87. Road Scholar made it even richer than we could have ever done on our own. When I arrived at Sedona I could not believe the beauty that I saw in this city. I said if this is all that I see, the waiting was worth it. Every day the experience was better and better. I had a room that the view was incredible of the “Coffee Pot”. It was like if everyday, God was drinking coffee with me. The lectures presentations by Stanley Beus, and Chio Black prepared us for what we were going to see around Sedona and in the Grand Canyon. Garrett and Dennis were very thoughtful. When we were in the shuttles they took care of us all the time as wonderful “daddies”. This made me feel secure. I was in Dennis’s shuttle and he explained everything we were traveling. Garrett did the same in his. The visit to the University was wonderful. To be able to see where those who put so much effort in preparing these trips work and get new ideas was very important. Thank you to all of you that had something to do in preparing this Magnificent Experience. The experience and beauty of the Grand Canyon took my breath away. The way Garrett introduced to us the Canyon was incredible… Thank you Garrett.!!! Nothing can describe it. You have to experience it for yourself. As if this was not enough, we had the presentation of Margaret Mitchell on Wild Sedona. (As a ‘city girl’ growing up in Havana where we never even saw snakes, I could not believe I had the tarantulas in my hands and the snakes around my neck.) Garrett’s movie the last morning and the stories he told us was like the bow that wrapped this gift together. It was an unforgettable trip. Thank you to every one that had something to do in preparing this Magnificent Experience that touched my soul. GRACIAS.

Brigitte from Long Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
I loved this program. Sedona is so beautiful and the Grand Canyon is breath taking. For a well organized, friendly and gorgeous location, I highly recommend this program, you won't be disappointed.

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