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9 Days | 8 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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Janet from Hatfield, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/24/13 - 09/01/13
This program is enhanced by the Marilyn's knowledge and passion; the background information coupled with site visits helped me understand what I had only read about in history books. With Road Scholar I don't need to be concerned with where to stay, where to find meals, and standing in line for tickets, as it's all taken care of. The accommodations were superb, and the food tasty and plentiful. The buffalo stew was a special treat! Marilyn is an efficient, yet personable leader, and Cory's skill as a bus driver gave us one less thing to worry about.

Molly from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/07/13 - 09/15/13
Would gladly do this trip was that good.

Judy from Slippery Rock, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/22/13 - 06/30/13
This was my very first trip with Road Scholar. It was amazing and wonderfully organized. We had an incredible tour director named Marilyn Hovland who was very helpful and knowledgeable.

John from Muskego, WI Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 08/17/13 - 08/25/13
Best program I have attended. Very organized, many spectacular sights, great value. Highly recommended

Carol from Athens, GA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 08/17/13 - 08/25/13
A tour with Marilyn Hovland and Road Scholar is the best thing you can do for yourself. She is an expert on South Dakota and Wyoming and its many wonderful places to go and see. Carol from Athens, GA.

David from Minneapolis, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/17/13 - 08/25/13
Great program! Great way to see the area and Marilyn Hovland is an outstanding tour director. Highly recommend!

Joan from Shelburne, VT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/13 - 06/30/13
The website is very well done..very informative..Our experience with Road Scholar has been wonderful..We thank you very much for providing so many fine programs.

Marylee from Richmond, VA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/22/13 - 06/30/13
A wonderful way to see part of the country that is very different from the urban areas many of us are accustomed to. Excellent leadership and educational opportunities, with a chance to stretch your legs and your mind often. Physical ability is somewhat important, but it is easy to make choices to fit the more, and the less, physically active.

Barbara from Mechanicsburg, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/22/13 - 06/30/13
From start to finish, this was a great adventure! I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

Tony from Round Top, TX Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/16/12
Wow! Talk about a tour where you can get a lot of bang for the buck, this is it. We’ve been on tours here in the good ole U. S. of A., England and Europe, but for being worth the money, this one out-shined them all. It was so well organized. And to help make it that special once in a lifetime trip, we were in the company of fellow Road Scholar “warriors” who were enthusiastic and caring companions. We saw so much, learned a lot, stayed in really nice accommodations and had many pleasant meals. By the time we got to each location we had received not only an excellent explanation, but many times had seen a DVD about the location. That made each place visited exciting and fun to explore. Also, I should mention, that because of the fast paced activities, the tour seemed to take place in a “short” span of time (even though it was 9 days & 8 nights) causing us to come away completely satisfied. My wife and I realized what a dollar value the tour was by the time we returned home. To begin with, we had driven from Texas to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, then crossed South Dakota to visit other various locations ending in Rapid City for the tour. Following the tour we drove back roads going home. We were sight seeing all the way, each way. The amount of places we saw and learned about by ourselves couldn’t compare to the Road Scholar trip. Those self traveled experiences reinforced the moneys’ worth of the Road Scholar experience. Lastly, I need to add, the tour leader, Marilyn Hovland was an extremely pleasant tour leader who knows her stuff and our coach driver, Ron Carlsrud, who, because of his attention to details and his individualized help to all of us, was THE perfect travel companion. We recommend this tour highly and without any reservations.

Scot from St Petersburg, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/16/12
My mother and I had a great time on this trip! We both always wanted to see Yellowstone and Wyoming and South Dakota. Our Director Marilyn Hovland worked so hard to make it a great vacation for everyone! I reccomend this trip to all my friends who have not been out west. This was our first Road Scholar trip and now I don't think I will travel any other way again! By the third day it felt like I was traveling for weeks! (I mean that in a positive way) I would never have seen all those places and learned so much traveling on my own. The value was incredible. We stayed at places that would cost a fortune and you would have to reserve a year in advance if you were traveling by yourself. Our fellow travelers were a graet part of the experience as well because they were from all corners of the country and very well traveled and all very friendly and easy to talk to. Marilyn kept us happy, well fed and laughing and on schedule so we got the maximum pleasure from each day. She had me a little worried about polka dancing I will have to admit! Everyone in the group had a great vacation!

David from Elma, NY Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/16/12
This Road Scholar program is one of a kind - an organized, interesting, educational experience about the South Dakota and Wyoming areas. The lecture content was informative, scenery outstanding and places toured very interesting. An A++ leader too. Thank you for this opportunity. (Judy Breckenridge)

Judith from Elma, NY Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/16/12
What a tremendous program with an organized, friendly and knowledgeable leader! This program was a tour through an area of the USA that I had always wanted to visit, explore and learn more about. The prepared booklet was so thorough, and guided me through each day! Thank you.

Margaret from North Haven, CT Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/16/12
This program was one of the best we have been on.Our leader was fantastic,her knowledge of the area was very rewarding and we enjoyed all of our side trips as well, and learned so much. Our coach driver could not have been better, he made it very relaxing as we traveled onto each stop.

Mary from Fenton, MO Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/16/12
We have wanted to visit this part of the country for a long time. This trip was the perfect way for us. The experienced and organized leader made each day a learning experience. It was a trip beyond compare. Mary Droste

Louise from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/16/12
This was our 1st trip with Road Scholar and based on this one, we hope to take many more. The program director was excellent -- very knowledgeable, interesting and organized. She included many side trips and activities that we would have missed had we planned this trip on our own. Great itinerary! ! Henry from Houston, TX

Bill from Jupiter, FL Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 08/18/12 - 08/26/12
This was a very interesting trip to an unspoiled and beautiful part of our country. We had the best group of traveling companions, one could ask for. Be aware that this trip is quite active. You change hotels just about every night and this is tiring. Lots of bus travel. Loved the little town of Cody, Wy. Our guide and bus driver were the best.

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8 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
29 Expert-led lectures
31 Field trips
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