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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Karen from Litchfield Park, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
I loved this trip and what's not to love: Blue Ridge Parkway, Smokey Mtn Railroad, the East Cherokees, the fabulous Biltmore Estate and Asheville itself. Good hotel, good food and an excellent guide (Darryl). Excellent trip.

Carolyn from Hannawa Falls, NY Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 10/25/15 - 10/30/15
Despite several rainy days, our 10th trip with Road Scholar left us with pleasant memories of a warm group of companions enjoying a diverse range of learning adventures while exploring a remote corner of North Carolina. Many facets of its colorful history and current vitality were revealed.

Vivian from Gainesville, FL Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 10/25/15 - 10/30/15
I have attended over 30 programs and they have all been very good. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperated this week!! Learned so much about the Biltmore, the Cherokees and the trains!! Beautiful scenery, good food!!

Ethylanne from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/25/15 - 10/30/15
The Bonclarken Conference Center, where we stayed in Flat Rock, was a beautiful campus, quiet, very competent staff and, of course, the rocking chairs on the porch of Founders Hall. Although we didn't meet any Associate Reformed Prebyterians (that we know of), the Southern Baptist that we met were warm and friendly and explained how to eat grits. The program itself was a nice blend of tours, lectures, walking, riding buses and trains, rain and shine, culture and history, and cornbread and okra in all its various guises. Thanks to Mary and Ann from Texas for the ride to and from Hendersonville which is the kind of place I love: cute, quaint, charming, wonderfully planned and with its very own Thai restaurant (Lime Leaf.) Our leaders, Jane and Darryl, were excellent and spiced their informative information with personal histories and lots of humor. And lets not forget the snacks they provided in the lecture hall: I think I added a whole pound to my weight and it's all chocolate!

Alice from Scott AFB, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/25/15 - 10/30/15
This was my first Road Scholar trip and it exceeded my expectations! I am looking forward to many more trips and meeting new people. What fun!

Robert from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/16/15
Had a great time on this program. I would single out the outstanding evening presentations: Davy Arch speaking on the Cherokees, Ray Rapp on the mountain railroads, and the beautiful singing and playing of mountain songs by the Shivers. These added much to the beautiful excursions we took.

Sharon from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
I recommend this program out for it's variety of interesting sites and tours, for its very good lecturers/performers; and for the excellent hotel and food. In addition, our guide, Darryl, made the program more interesting with his personal stories of local history and culture. There were several opportunities to see the beautiful mountains and other country side. I enjoyed the well preserved architecture of Asheville, opportunities to learn about the Cherokees and their history and, of course, the Biltmore.

Laura from Kansas City, MO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/16/15
This program was so interesting. I loved the different topics and the mountain area. They really took good care of me and covered all my needs. I will be remembering little bits of this trip the rest of my life. Try it!

Carolyn M from Gainesville, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
Carolyn from Gainesville, VA My 1st program attended 10/19/2014 I, myself, was delighted to know there was no smoking allowed at the Y and thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Arboretum. So, though I was a little tired, it was an exhilarating day and wouldn't want to miss any of the things we did and the places we visited. On Tues. caught another trolley up to see Grove Inn . Spectacular architecture and scenery and a glass of wine on the back "patio" made for a wonderful day. All lectures were interesting and music night much fun. Will definitely sign up for another Road Scholar tour if all guides are as knowledgable as those we had, including Jane and Daryl.

Kathleen from Alton, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
The program was very good. Jane, our coordinator, did an excellent job of organizing this experience. I suggest skipping the Arboretum as we were all very tired after spending the day at the Biltmore. The Cherokee Village trip and Smokey Mountain Railroad trip were wonderful. I would add one caution to future travelers: The YMCA is a facility designed for youth and there is no tobacco or alcohol allowed on the premises. We ended up staying at a motel in Black Mountain. While we worked it out with Road Scholar, I note the information regarding the facility has not been updated to include the rules at the YMCA.

Walt from Cedar Rapids, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
very educational ,more so than I thought it would on a local and a social level regarding the past history not only of Asheville but the economical impact of the Vanderbilts to the area and surrounding area

Eleanore from Bradenton, FL Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
It's more than the Biltmore (though that's great). The friendly, gentle people of Asheville will share a fun ride on the Smoky Mtn RR and introduce the Cherokee people, a fascinating culture within a culture.

Marguerite from Parker, TX Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
All the superlatives apply to this program. Biltmore is one of the most fabulous houses in the United states and the Blue ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in the United states.

Carolyn from Pleasant Hills, PA Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
An excellent program, well organized with very interesting day trips. We saw a variety of terrains, from the beautiful mountain scenes to river valleys. The various lecturers and guides were friendly and informative. Not hard to see why it is listed as "most popular" in the catalog. Jane and Daryl have put together an exceptional experience for us.

Sharon from Fayetteville, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Jane, our guide on this tour, was excellent. Her motto was "tell me what you want to do & we'll see how we can get it done." Our days were packed full of interesting activities. Mars Hill has collected a group of interesting people, from Mary the trolly driver, to Davy our guide at the Indian village. The leaves were just beginning to change when we arrived & everyday we could notice more color--until the last day on our ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway when we had some spectacular leaf color. We attended when the tour was housed at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville. It is centrally located, and we had very good service and wonderful meals. They were very accommodating to our vegetarian diet.

Gwen from Wakefield, MA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Fantastic tour--So much to see and learn, and Jane has deep knowledge and obvious love of this beautiful area and its important sites. Thank you so much, Jane and Daryl.

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