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Great Smoky Mountain Adventure: Appalachian History, Culture, Music and Railways

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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.
ronald from Lafayette, NJ Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 08/09/15 - 08/14/15
I chose this program for my family to celebrate two birthdays in particular and for a family get together. We ranged in age from 13 to 80. Therefore, I wanted something that would be attractive to all and meet the physical needs, wants, desires and restrictions of all, too. Give folks an opportunity to opt out of any particular activity if he/she so desired. I myself want a learing, interactive experience. It pretty much fulfilled that goal, too. All in all - it is a good intergenerational experience.

Joan from West Grove, PA Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 04/19/15 - 04/24/15
The area of Georgia is lovely, learning about the Cherokees was fascinating, the train ride gave us another glimpse of the area, the big plus was hearing wonderful folk music played and sung by Lee Knight.

Helen from Yakima, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
This is my second Road Scholar experience. My feedback for the Great Smokey Mountains was sent successfully on the first time to you. Previously, about two weeks ago, I was not successful submitting my first evaluation for my trip to the Georgia Barrier Islands to you on a Sunday. It also was not saved to my account. Please check into why I did not transmit on a Sunday.

Joan from Tempe, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Lee Knight is a national treasure! I feel so fortunate to have been one of his "students"

Robert from Hackettstown, NJ Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
Tis program was wonderfully entertaining and educational. The presenters and coordinator were the best and made us not want to miss a word or an experience!

Lawrence from Aiken, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
The Great Smoky Mountain Adventure was our first Road Scholar experience and easily exceeded our expectations. Our Lead Instructor/Guide, Lee Knight, is indeed a national treasure. He is knowledgeable, captivating, and intellectually honest. Lee has shaped my perspective on how I view things Appalachian! This is a bucket list "must!"

Ronye from Bend, OR Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
We selected the perfect program to enhance our understanding of an area of our wonderful country that is totally different from what we are familiar with in our area.

Thelma from Phoenix, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
The authentic atmosphere of the Appalachian experience shows through the instructors who LOVE sharing their perspective about this bit of early history. Thelma Rea

Edith from Summerville, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This program was wonderful...highly recommend it...Lee Knight does an outstanding job!!

Peggy from Billings, MT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
Truly an outstanding learning experience! Great learning, excellent leader (Lee Knight), fun people to spend a week with, all combined with beautiful fall colors and no rain! Peg from Billings, MT

David from Boca Raton, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This was a very interesting trip into the past. I have learned more about the Cherokee Indians, the Smokies and ballad history than I thought possible. The group leader, Lee Knight, is a multi-talanted musician with a thorough knowledge of the region and indian lore. I suggest this trip for anyone curious about American history and old Scottish ballads (yes, they do intertwine).

Teri from Englewood, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
I really felt immersed in the culture and learned so much from this program. Reading "The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears" in advance really added to my enjoyment and I highly recommend it. What a fabulous adventure. You'll love Lee Knight!

Mary from Byron Center, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
Another wonderful trip from Road Scholar. We enjoyed all of the places we traveled too, especially the time at John C. Campbell Folk School. Lee Knight's history lessons came alive through his music.

Janet from Mobile, AL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
I really enjoyed this trip. There was beautiful scenery and even with the National parks being closed, Lee Knight, made the trip interesting and intertaining. When I returned home, I was relaxed and less stressed after a wonderfull vacation. I would recommend this trip.

sara from Fleming Island, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
This was one of the best vacations that I have had. Lee Knight is an interesting and talented leader.

Nancy from Melbourne, FL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
really enjoyed this program..our leader, lee knight, was so very knowledgeable...music was a great highlight...because of gov't shutdown lee came up with great alternatives to our schedule...did a fine job...definitely recommend this for the historical factor alone...

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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4 Field trips
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