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Grand Canyon National Park: Exploring the North and South Rims

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Program #2804RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Mary from Partlow, VA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/07/14 - 10/13/14
The fact that this program took us to both rims was great. Our guide was knowlegable and very familiar with the area, and told us to feel free to deviate from the program if we wanted (however, I feel the program presentations are a large part of what we're paying for). The airplane flight was spectacular! However - a couple things to know before you choose this program. The interpretive aspect was about 95% about geology. If you are more interested in the biology of the area, you will get little of that and may well be disappointed. Secondly, although the description of the program indicates you will have free time, it is in such small chunks as to be pretty useless. This is especially true at the south rim, where you have to factor in shuttle bus times before doing anything. Lastly, this is a large group - 36 people in our case. If you have been used to smaller groups (as we were), you may find the the length of time just to get off the bus, and the long line at restrooms, etc. not to be to your liking.

Sherrie from Alhambra, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/07/14 - 10/13/14
The Grand Canyon was one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen! Our group leader, Jennifer, was knowledgeable, organized and funny. All of the people on our trip were kind and easy to get along with. I signed up for a double room, even though I was traveling solo. My roommate and I got along from the moment we met! This was a week I will never forget!

Bonnie from Redmond, WA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/07/14 - 10/13/14
This North and South Rim Grand Canyon trip was just spectacular! Jennifer Belz is an outstanding leader and guide who knows the Canyon first hand as someone who has lived and worked within the Canyon and has vast knowledge of the geology, the River, the history of the people who came and established themselves. The cabins on the Rims are small and adequate, but the North Rim has been updated and is a little more comfortable. Sound of neighbors in cabins at both Rims can be a little challenging. Views at North Rim are tremendous! But, South Rim views are great, as well. Three of us decided to take a three hour mule ride on the North Rim to Supai Tunnel in the afternoon of our full day and absolutely loved the experience--this was not part of the Road Scholar Program and we did this on our own, but we very much enjoyed the experience! All that we had learned about this Rim and the Canyon could be experienced on the mule ride. Keep in mind, that the ride is certainly at your own expense and is not for everyone. Food at North Rim Lodge was the best, but no matter where we ate there was always more than we needed, of course. Sunsets, sunrises, nature walks, viewpoints, tour of the Village all brought excitement and wonder. What a great trip this was! People in our group were friendly, thoughtful, and just plain fun!

Neil from Rockton, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/07/14 - 10/13/14
If you are going to see the Grand Canyon for the first time. OR if you want to really see it in the best way possible. This program (trip) is a definite must. The sights are unbelievable . Leave the driving and planning to Road Scholar. They do an outstanding job and your best interests come first. Have been to the Grand Canyon prior to this trip..But this trip was a real eye opener. A person can describe it, but until you see it yourself not imaginable . Made a number of Road Scholar trips , all good . But this was the best one and the guide (Jen) was an individual who made the trip extremely enjoyable. Thank you Road Scholar... Until the next program...

Paula from Falls Church, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/07/14 - 10/13/14
Our trip leader from Northern Arizona University helped us to fully experience the Grand Canyon -- its history, geology, flora and fauna -- and she made it fun! We kept a steady pace but never felt rushed, and there was plenty of time to do the things that interested us individually, whether that was hiking, taking pictures, or shopping for souvenirs. There were nature walks and group-led hikes, but we were also encouraged to break off and do our own thing. On long travel days we made interesting stops along the way to break up the trip. Overall, it couldn't have been better!

Cheryl from Oskaloosa, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/07/14 - 10/13/14
You cannot go wrong with this trip! While most of our time was filled with activities, many of them are optional, so you can go off on your own if you want. Everything is planned for you--meals and accommodations--and the educational portion enhances the experience ten-fold.

Newell from Coon Rapids, MN Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
The Grand Canyon is breathtaking. You have to see it to believe it. Photos and film cannot do justice to this great attraction. With Road Scholar all details are taken care of, and all you have to do is just enjoy the trip.

Gloridel from Snellville, GA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
This is a terrific program. If you want to experience the Grand Canyon in all its grandeur, this is the one to choose.

Claire from Rustin, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
This was our first with RS and we will be back. Bruce was a sensitive and fun leader and extremely knowledgable. His technical competence as a geologist explaining things to a non- scientific audience was great. The plane trip on the South Rim and the North Rim Lodge were highlights of this amazing natural wonder. The accommodations at Maswik are adequate, but worn, and the cabins on the North Rim are cute, but baths need updating. Food was generally good, but treat yourself to a night at the steakhouse at the South Rim. The Carlton Canyon (Arizona) Sangiovese was very good! Skip the lousy prime rib at the North Rim Lodge, but other NAU menu items are good for dinner and the breakfast buffet is great! Enjoying the beauty on the decks of the Lodge in an Adirondack chair is heavenly.


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