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Paul from Lisle, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/10/15
This is our second Road Scholar trip together, after a nice trip in December 2014 to New York. Everything was well planned and stayed on schedule. The views of the canyon were gorgeous, and we enjoyed the North rim as well as the South rim. Be sure to see both if you go to the canyon! Accommodations were sufficient,and as advertised, rustic, on the North rim. However, our cabin was within 100' of the rim edge. What great views. Overall, our leader did a great job with her knowledge of the area.

Mary from Walpole, MA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/10/15
this was my 9th trip to the Canyons and it still holds all the beauty,spirituality and greatness like the first time being there!Love the quaintness of the cabins the trip was great,the people fun and friendly.All in all another great adventure by Road Scholar .God Bless our USA.Mary.21 programs attended.

marc from Round Rock, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/10/15
We did the Grand Canyon trip. It was pretty much as advertised. Surprises: more single women and an older average participant age than we expected. Disappointments: the bus seats and warm temperature made the trip less comfortable, plus the food was really not very good (except for breakfasts). I think the North Rim should be done first, because once you see the South Rim, nothing else can compare. Also because the North Rim rooms were small, noisy, dark and had mediocre beds. You are going for the view, however, and that was present in spades at both Rims.

Ellen from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/10/15
My first experience with Road Scholar was very positive. The group was interesting and cooperative. The leader was informed and fun, the travel accommodations were more than sufficient, and the beauty of nature was SPECTACULAR!! I will definitely participate in more Road Scholar trips in the future.

Beverly from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/18/15
This tour of the South and North Rims of the Grand Canyon was fabulous. The airplane ride over the Canyon was one of the most exciting things I've ever done.

Frank from South Bethany, DE Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/18/15
The Grand Canyon was just awesome, fantastic, outstanding!!! Our leader, Bruce Banker, was better than outstanding. Bruce provided subject matter expertise that was very helpful in fully appreciating the experience. The flyover of the Canyon was just fantastic. The pace of the program made the trip very relaxing yet it's amazing all the places and sites we saw. This was our first Road Scholar trip and based on this trip we will definitely be doing more.

Eunioce from Frostburg, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/18/15
It was on of the best well planned trip that I've been on. The places visited on the canyon were awesome and the plane fly over was spectacular. It was so awesome that I'd like to do it again.

Emily from Anniston, AL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/18/15
This trip was wonderful. The GCNP is awe inspiring. Bruce Banker is a treasure: knowledgeable, funny, and patient beyond words. Thanks, Road Scholar and NAU,

Ronald from Alpena, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/18/15
Great program with fantastic scenery. North Rim definitely the highlight.

Ellen from Laurel Park, NC Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/18/15
If the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list, just go on this program. It could not have been a better experience.

Joyce from Boynton Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/29/15 - 06/04/15
My husband and I just completed Grand Canyon National Park:Exploring the North and South Rims #2804. This was our fourth trip with Road Scholar (we're already looking to see what our next trip will be). It was a fabulous adventure led by Bruce Banker, who was everything you would want in a tour guide. Don't miss this one.

Elinor from Potomac, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/29/15 - 06/04/15
Superb learning experience absorbing the majesty of the Canyin from its two very different rims

Donald from Nicholson, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/30/15
Seeing the Grand Canyon from above in an airplane and then seeing it from both the South and North rim gave us an excellent understanding of the scope and grandeur of this fascinating landform. Our guide, Mike, was a wealth of knowledge about the land and it's flora and fauna. Even with a large group, he kept the trip organized and engaged. Good food, good lodging, time for mule rides and sightseeing - the long bus trip from the north rim to Phoenix was the only negative. We will definitely go on another Road Scholar trip. Teddie from Georgia

Mary from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/30/15
I think I would prefer a smaller group. The Grand Canyon should not be missed.

Mary from Escondido, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/30/15
The Grand Canyon is so large and complicated it takes an expert to interpret it to a lay audience. Mike Young, our program coordinator, was truly exceptional as a tour guide, environmental educator, entertainer, and companion. In just five days, we were introduced to one of the great natural wonders of the world. Time at the South and North rims of the Canyon provided us with an insightful look at its geomorphology, plant and animal communities, recreational opportunities, and its majesty.

Teresa from Port Washington, WI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/30/15
Fabulous program! A perfect blend of geology, botany, history and humor. While there was considerable bus time to get to the Grand Canyon from Phoenix and back again, the instructor arranged for breaks and made the time pass with interesting pieces of information along the way. There were both planned activities and free time at the South Rim and the North Rim. This allowed attendees to be as active as they wished. Perfect way to see a beautiful natural wonder!

Bonnie from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/30/15
Fantastic! Mesmerizing! Well organized and carried out! Truly one of the 7 natural wonders of the world! I can't believe I am saying this, but, I don't think I can "leave" Grand Canyon until I have returned to raft on the Colorado and view the cliffs from below!

Eleanor from Fairfield, CT Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/30/15
This is THE trip if you want to truly experience the Grand Canyon. Seeing this natural wonder from both the more commonly visited South Rim as well as the majestic North Rim is awesome. Even with the slight glitch of having to be bussed from Yavapai lodge, where we slept, to Maswik, where we had most of our meals, it was a well-planned program. While the activity level is accurate, there is ample opportunity to experience the Canyon at a more leisurely pace.

Eric from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/30/15
The Grand Canyon has always been on my bucket list and I finally can check it off! I have looked into trips run by other organizations and I have to say that Road Scholar provides the best overall trip experience at a reasonable cost. The entire program was well thought out we had time issues the day we were going from the South Rim to the North Rim so we left off a stop to Lee's Ferry. On the way back to Phoenix we stopped at Lee's Ferry and spent more time there then we would have when it was originally scheduled. We took a group photo along the banks of the Colorado River. One of many highlights for me was eating dinner in the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim right before sunset enjoying a good meal with great company! I highly recommend this trip. I just got back home last night and before even getting on the plane to fly home I was already checking out Road Scholar trips to raft through the canyon next year!

Mary from Omaha, NE Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/30/15
Amazing! The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Wonders of The World. This is one of the best vacations that I have ever taken. Road Scholar has this down to a science with the right mix of education, hiking and great things to view. M. Johnson

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.

James from Brockton, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
Great trip. Our knowledgeable guide, Bruce, our skilled driver, George and our considerate fellow travelers combined with good food, comfortable accommodations and other-worldly vistas to give us a lifetime of memories. Many thanks to Road Scholars. This was our second trip...many more to come!

Sylvia from Cumberland, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
Wonderful program! Bruce, our fearless leader, was well-informed, kind and patient with the endlesss needs of 38 people. Highlights were flight over canyon and the circa 1930 lodge and cabins on the North Rim. Our driver, George was also patient and helpful and always upbeat! Food good with the exception of poor quality wraps and salads at Best Western. Give this program a 9 out of 10!

June W. from Boone, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
Stunning and awesome!!

Patricia from Albany, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/31/14 - 06/06/14
What a wonderful adventure. Bruce our coordinator was outstanding. His knowledge, humor, & over all caring was wonderful. George,our driver, made our long time on the road safe & as comfortable as he could. Both were great men to share one on one time. I couldn't begin to pick which was my best experience, everything was different & exciting. Even better than my imagination could conjure up. The people I had a chance to meet & exchange stories with were warm & inviting. Thank you to all for making my life a little better. P.S. Claire, I want to send out a special "Thanks" to you. You are a special lady!

Amy from Harwich, MA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/31/14 - 06/06/14
The Grand Canyon had been on our bucket list, and this was our first trip to the Southwest. What a wonderful introduction to both with Bruce as our tour guide! Bus trips were long, but Bruce's geological & historical knowledge coupled with his ability at storytelling more than made up for it. The added stops along the way not only made up for the ride, but were exceptional. Since the South Rim & North Rim are so different, visiting both is a must with keeping the order as is. It is difficult to choose one or two experiences that were standouts because each was well planned to add to the experience. Spending time with people from all over the U.S. made the trip more enjoyable. Accommodations were fine with cabins at the North Rim being less spacious, but more comfortable. A special thank you for taking such good care in meeting our dietary needs. A friend asked, "So how was it?" Our quick, unison response, "Awesome!"

Allene from Cincinnati, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/31/14 - 06/06/14
The Grand Canyon trip should be on everyone's "bucket list". The Grand Canyon is so beautiful and inspiring to see how these rocks have been carved out and maintained by nature.

Joan from Plano, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/31/14 - 06/06/14
Our leader, Bruce, was instrumental in making this a great trip during our early June trip. He was adaptable, entertaining, knowledgeable about many topics and was able to share that knowledge in an understandable way. The South Rim is much more 'commercial' than the North and with warmer temperatures. The cabins are older and not as pleasant as well as being hot during the day. The food was so-so and available in a kind of 'food court' situation...entrees, pasta, grill etc in different areas of the dining hall. The airplane ride was great as well as the sunset viewing. The North Rim dining was very good.It had a great buffet breakfast The seating was by maitre'd for the meals. The cabins were small (don't need a lot of room) and recently updated so everything was clean and fresh. The North Rim had more trees and wooded paths and a great lodge to relax in. Glad this was the 2nd location..a better way to close the vacation. You were able to do as much or as little as you wanted with sufficient free time at both rims. Note: it is very dry at these high altitudes so be sure to have a refillable water bottle as well as saline solution for eyes and/or nose. The cabins do have some great lotions for dry skin. Hand wash only as laundry facilities not available. Visiting both rims was good as both had their highlights which shouldn't be missed.

Linda from Lilburn, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/24/14
This was a great introduction to the Grand Canyon. The South Rim had lots to see, and another day there would have permitted the ability to see more of the sites. The North Rim offered different views and a wonderful lodge. Information provided by Matt was helpful in learning about the area. He also spotted a condor at the Navajo Bridge! Enjoyed the short airplane ride over the canyon. This was my first Road Scholar trip, and it was a fun traveling group.

Eleanor from Davis, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/24/14
A great way to see both the South and North rims. Excellent leader who helped me understand the eons of geological life which resulted in the beauty before us. I also liked the optional leisure time for just enjoying it all. Highly recommended!

Susan from Memphis, TN Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/24/14
This was an interesting adventure - met lots of nice people, explored both the North & South rims, & took a slightly shortened airplane ride! This was my 3rd RS adventure! I was introduced enough that I want to go back to further explore the South Rim and Bryce Canyon.

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