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Sharon from Nashotah, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/14/15 - 09/19/15
This was our second trip with Road Scholar. We had a great trip to the beautiful park! We hiked, learned about wildlife, and geology. Because we had 4 knowledgeable RS guides, we all seemed to enjoy our chosen level of hikes. Two of our guides had great scopes so we good get a good look at wildlife from a safe distance. I enjoyed our boat and float trips. The accomadations were good and the food was great. Our leader, Josh, did a great job of making everyone feel welcome and included.

Marc from Elyira, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/15 - 09/19/15
This was our first Road Scholar trip and I can't imagine anything better. Our group leaders took care of every detail which made for a near perfect adventure. The level of expertise in so many fields was awesome. I love to hike and the outdoors, my wife likes the outdoors but is not a hiker, we both were able to enjoy the trip. There was plenty of opportunities for both of us to be in our comfort level. I also enjoyed being away from TV, the internet, e-mails and the phone. I am not a particularly social person but everyone in the group made me feel welcome and an important part of the experience.

John from Lakewood, OH Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/14/15 - 09/19/15
A wonderful educational experience. Amazing scenery. Had the opportunity to see some wildlife. If you like the outdoors this is a program you might want to consider. The great thing about it was that there are a variety of activity levels offered for the hikes and walks from easy to moderate to more challenging. Found the climb to Hidden Lake a bit of a challenge. But with the help, patience, assistance and encouragement of our group leader got a great sense of accomplishment from the adventure. Our group leaders were terrific. Informative, helpful and encouraging. They made the experience very enjoyable. Rates as one of the top Road Scholar experiences out of the nine we have had. Loved it!!!

Syble from Anacoco, LA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/14/15 - 09/19/15
Great program with hikes to the most awesome scenery that was just breathtaking. We were there 14-18 Sept which was a perfect time; colors were turning, less tourist and snow on mountains was perfect. Levels of activity are given to choose from and each day brings something exciting, including a River float ride last day. Location at Lake McDonald is the best and Lodge nearby to have meals, along with beautiful scenery nearby. I highly recommend this program if never been to Glacier Park.

Lisa from Odessa, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/17/15 - 08/22/15
Great trip! Gorgeous scenery, great people and fantastic group leaders. Very educational and also a good work out!

Joy from Orlando, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/17/15 - 08/22/15
Overall I was very satisfied with the program. Meeting new people from all over the U.S and learning about their backgrounds and listening to their "stories" really enhanced the personal experience aspect of the program.

Rosalie from Kalamazoo, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/03/15 - 08/08/15
It is important to visit this significant national park before climate change diminishes some of its attractions. The staff was remarkably attentive and truly flexible so that every participant could have the best possible trip. Our speakers were updating presentations daily with new info about the fires and impact on ecosystems and research results. Truly impressive. A few suggestions....more info about the Native Americans and pre-European occupation would have been helpful. From Road Scholar's responses to negative comments about the rustic nature of the accomodations, it would seem nothing could be improved. I don't agree. We had to look for sticks to hold the windows open. That could be fixed. The ground level units had a huge step up to enter the room (or exit). We called it the high jump event. It is truly dangerous. There needs to be two steps at these entrances. ADA or OSHA would be horrified! For a trip focused on hiking, there are no hikes or walks from the Lake McDonald setting. It felt confined as there was little to do there but eat and shop...or drink. Oh, there is one hike, but it requires a group and bear spray to do because of the likelihood of bears. A natural hazard, I suppose. These are small complaints. The setting is beautiful, the food was good (except the bag lunches) and the staff was outstanding.

Nancy from Winston Salem, NC Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 08/17/15 - 08/22/15
Glacier is a magical place, and this RS trip covers some of the best places in the park. Hiking activities are available from "fast and furious" to mellow, so one may choose what is best for the person and the day. The few RS lectures were informative and interesting. Try to do an evening park ranger lecture, too. I happened to hear the one on beavers, and it was memorable and fun!

Victoria from Atlantic Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/03/15 - 08/08/15
How wonderful to have a truly tailored adventure. My husband and I will remember the people we met and the places we saw forever.

Claudia from Pacific Palisades, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 07/13/15 - 07/18/15
Perfect for a beginning or moderate hiker--no more than 5 miles covered on one hike.

Marilyn from Kittery, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
Truly a fun trip. Spectacular scenery. The leaders were informative, friendly and patient. McDonald Motel was rustic but adequate. I would have preferred more hiking, since there is so much to see. Three hikes wasn't enough for me. Although the activity level is described as "active", every day you had a choice of hikes: mellow, moderate or motivated. I didn't find much of a difference between moderate and motivated. This is a trip almost anyone can handle. Biggest complaint - the sack lunches.

Jean from Virginia Beach, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
Jim and I are still on cloud 9 after our Glacier trip experience. The memories we made there will remain for a long time. The trip was completely organized and attention to every detail was evident. Truly Glacier Park is one of God's masterpieces. Although the accommodations are described as 'rustic' they were clean, comfortable and adequate. The meals were delicious and the wait staff very attentive. It was a feast every day. Bison and salmon were served and many other healthy choices. We highly recommend this trip. Although we were beginner hikers the different levels provided made it easy for us. At 70 it was inspiring to be with other fit, active seniors!

Steve from Norfolk, VA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
Glacier NP is a great setting. The 4 leaders-Leila, Brian, Candi, and Ellen-were knowledgeable, organized, flexible, entertaining, and always available. Lectures on geology and wildlife were particularly good. We met very interesting people and made new friends. Suggestions: Program description should point out that you offer a choice of three levels of hiking each day. Add a lecture on Blackfeet and other native people, whose way of life was destroyed and land was violently taken from them to create Glacier National Park. And get the McDonald Lodge to upgrade food service for breakfast bar and packed lunches. Hot breakfasts (oatmeal, pancakes, French toast) weren't hot. Sack lunches were unhealthy and poor quality. Other programs provide a spread of healthier items to pack your own lunch.

Road Scholar's response:
We regret to hear that you were not satisfied with the breakfast and packed lunches provided on the program. e work with a catering manager to ensure breakfast food is hot, and lunches are healthy and fresh. We can certainly pass along the feedback. As for your comments about the hike parameters. The program is rated as "Active". All participants should be able to handle the following: "Easy to moderate 1 - 5 mile walks and hikes on mountainous, uneven and rocky terrain; stairs, getting in and out of water raft. Hotel elevation 3,153 feet; highest elevaton 6,600 feet." The planned hikes depend on the general consensus and ability of the group as a whole.
Sheila from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
Four activity leaders, one of whom was the general organizer, were superb. Each led a different hike each of three days. One could choose from easy, moderate, or a bit challenging. Each leader led at a different level each day, so that participants got to experience each excellent leader. The variety of the hikes and different areas of interest and expertise of the leaders, provided a broad range of experience and learning for the participants. I met some exceptional people I'll not soon, if ever, forget.

Sheree from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
The trip was almost perfect! Perfect weather, gorgeous vistas, wonderful guides, and great fellow travelers. My only disappointment was not having selected the Hidden Lake hike where moose, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep were sighted. Oh well, I can say I hiked part of the Highline Trail.

Susan from Manhattan, KS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
I really enjoyed this trip. Although there were about 40 participants for the program, several hiking options were available each day to meet different abilities and there was usually less than 10 people per hike/instructor. The other activities such as the raft trip and boat ride were very enjoyable and added to the experience

Susan from West Kingston, RI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
We loved this program. Our leader was wonderful and Glacier is beyond words. To be able to experience such a beautiful place is a gift. Going into the mountains on our hikes really brought the park to life and having the hikes at different levels worked out great. The rain even made Glacier more beautiful,. Plus eagles, goats, and moose...it doesn't get much better than that!

Jane from Louisville, CO Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/31/14 - 09/05/14
On a scale of 1-10, this program was a 25! (My fifth RS trip.) The group leader and the instructors were exceptionally competent, knowledgeable, good teachers and fun! If you are interested in a perfect mix of exploration of the park and learning about the natural history of the park, this trip is for you. And the group leader makes sure there are choices of different hikes to ensure everyone is hiking at a level comfortable for them. The trip was great fun!

Natalie from Gilbert, AZ Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/31/14 - 09/05/14
Barry and I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects, from the expertise and warmth of every leader to the skill-adapted activities in this fantastic setting. Participants, food, lectures, and venue were all top-notch.

Donna from Summerfield, FL Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 08/31/14 - 09/05/14
Donna from Summerfield, Fl Number of programs attended: 20 Date attended: 08/31/14-09/05/14 This NP was on my bucket list as it is one I hadn't visited. The program was well planned and the hikes were geared to everyone's ability. I loved the scenery and the wonderful mountains, lakes, meadows and wild life. The program director was very knowledgeable and gracious. Food was great. I look forward to many more Road Scholar Programs.

Brenda from Ocklawaha, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/31/14 - 09/05/14
For a first time hiker I can't say enough about how accommodating the field instructor was. The different skill levels available for each hike was not expected and certainly appreciated.

Zarrine from Columbia, MO Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
The impact of climate change reveals itself in the Glacier Mountain National Park. It evoked an emotional response in me that many of the vistas we saw may not be there for my grandchildren or maybe their children.The thought of alpine flower meadows disappearing, clear streams turning murky or dried up.glaciers receding into nonexistence seems to be something we as Seniors should all be thinking about. I am glad that thanks to Road scholars and the great team they have at the Park that I have some beautiful memories. Please take this trip and encourage your children to take their children to share this experience before long

George from Vienna, VA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
Glacier National Park is a fantastic place. The program was well managed and the trip leader had walks/hikes that accommodated participants' desire for either an active or leisurely pace. The trip leader was a very knowledgeable young man who is an excellent teacher and a joyful person. He was assisted by three woman who were very familiar with the plant and animals of GNP and I particularly enjoyed the plant identification on a hike on the Highline trail.

Janice from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
Glacier National Park is a fabulously beautiful place. Our Road Scholar group stayed at Motel Lake McDonald and walked a short distance for excellent meals and lectures at historic Lake McDonald Lodge. I think there were 39 of us but we broke up into smaller groups for interpretive hikes with guides. I have lower back trouble and appreciated the considerateness of the guides and the choice of activity levels for the hikes (mild, moderate and strenuous). Fellow travelers with Road Scholar are intelligent and interesting people. The Going-to-the Sun Road is not easy to drive and my husband and I were happy to be passengers rather than drivers. We also enjoyed the evening boat ride on Lake McDonald and the gentle scenic raft trip on the Flathead River. Highly recommended.

Janice from Manhattan Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
I have a special appreciation for Glacier National Park because of this trip. We hiked through different terrain every day or took boat rides and the scenery was always breathtaking. The talks about glaciers and wildlife have enhanced my appreciation of the world in general and the way everything is connected. I am so lucky to have been on this trip.

C. from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/03/14 - 08/08/14
Food was outstanding except for the sack lunches but we made do with them. Breakfast and dinner were at the nice hotel's dining room and we had a great buffet for breakfast and ordered off the menu for dinner. Internet at the hotel was either as slow as the old dial-up or didn't work at all. No cell phone service at all anywhere in the area. And, the hotel was not air conditioned. They had floor fans that made it bearable -- we hit a higher than normal temp range while there. All that said, these issues were not vital to us, but if they are for you, here is the information.
The hikes were divided up according to ability and that worked great. One hike was really crowded with tourists but the others were lovely. All our companions were gracious and friendly, as usual with a RS tour. Daisy, my service dog, says "arf" with a tail wag to all the lovely people she met..

This was listed as a small group tour but it was NOT. There were 38 people in our group. The hikes were divided into small groups.

Road Scholar's response:
I am writing to follow-up on some of the comments made in your review. First, concerning wireless connectivity, due to the location of the facility being in the middle of a National Park, cell service is not available in most places. It is a necessary sacrifice that goes with the nature of the program and the majority of participants enjoy the opportunity to disconnect for a few days to get away from the "hustle and bustle". As for internet service, the service currently available was just installed this summer. It is such a remote area that high speed internet is not possible. We appreciate the comments!
Sharon from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 07/20/14 - 07/25/14
Great program, ,glad we were divided into groups according to our abilities. Presenter very knowledgeable and made their fields of expertise interesting and fun. Thought the lodging was comfortable, ,after all we are only there at night. Wish the program were longer.

Nancy from Wild Rose, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/20/14 - 07/25/14
Nancy from Fayetteville AR Number of programs: 3 Dates 7/20/2014-7/25/2014 Instructors made the program as they explained the flora, geology, history of the park with verve and knowledge. They sorted us into manageable groups for hiking and kept us alert to requirements for each day. Wish it had been longer, as connections there are tedious! Special place.

Edelgard from Lees Summit, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/20/14 - 07/25/14
A wonderful trip to the Inside Glacier National Park. Missouri

Rosemary from West Chester, OH Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 07/06/14 - 07/11/14
Loved the Park and the people on the trip. We had a wonderful time. The accommodations at Lake McDonald Motel were sub-standard. OLD, small, hot, no landlines, only wi-fi was at Lodge which is now separate from the motel. Would not recommend those accommodations to anyone.

Road Scholar's response:
We regret that the McDonald Motel was not to your liking. The motel is rustic, and in keeping with the time period that it was built. Because of its location, there are certain restrictions concerning what modifications and upgrades can be made, for example, the installation of new landlines within the national park. We appreciate your feedback and are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the rest of the program.
Ellen from Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/06/14 - 07/11/14
"Six days, five nights" isn't quite accurate. More like four days, five nights, since it starts with a late-afternoon meeting on Sunday and ends with breakfast on your own Friday morning. I think this makes it pretty expensive on a daily basis, but it was a good experience.

Road Scholar's response:
We apologize that you did not find our description of the program length accurate. On all of our programs, typically the arrival and departure days are factored into the duration to avoid confusion. You do after all, have to arrive on the scheduled start and end dates of the program and five nights are spent at the program site. On each program listed on our website, you can review a preliminary overview of the day-to-day itinerary in the "Daily Schedule" section, found on the left-hand side of each program specific page.
Margaret from Tiffin, OH Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 07/06/14 - 07/11/14
Glacier's Grandeur is well named. Even after the glaciers there have melted in a few years, the eternal beauty of the mountains will remain, and if we who love this place will do our best to conserve and preserve the ecosystem, the coming generations will also be able to enjoy the flowers, the animals, the fresh cold waters, the peace of the place.

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