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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.
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Richard from Kailua, HI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/30/15 - 09/06/15
Great overall way to see these parks if you've never been there before. The end-of-summer time frame proved a perfect selection because there was very little traffic congestion or crowds of people. Enjoyed the experience of staying in historic hotels.

Teresa from Addison, TX Number of programs attended: 39
Date attended: 08/09/15 - 08/16/15
The first of its kind, Waterton Lakes and Glacier parks were combined in 1932 and declared an International Peace Park in recognition of the long-standing amity between Canada and the United States. This program provides an outstanding overview of both parks, now inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well, allowing participants to cross the border seamlessly, and to stay in two of the magnificent lodges built in the early part of the 20th century by the Great Northern Railroad Company to further its goal of introducing tourism to this extraordinarily scenic part of North America. There being no dearth of tourists in this part of the world now, participation in a Road Scholar program provides the most care-free way of ensuring one sees the highlights of both parks and gets into the National Historic properties in both countries without the frustration of lining up hard-to-get reservations. The tour started and ended in Kalispell where the Hilton Garden Inn provides free shuttle transportation from both the airport and the Amtrak station in Whitefish. I chose to use the latter, flying to Spokane and then riding the rails into the area, just like the visitors of a century ago, at a considerable savings over flying into the pricey Glacier airport. A week was barely enough to pack in all the activities and sights we experienced, but staff made sure we got the most out of our limited time despite the challenges of wildfires raging in the area. They even packed along a super high-powered scope for wildlife viewing every evening following dinner so we could all say we had seen a bear, even if it was at a considerable distance. My favorite was the marmot who dashed across our path on one of our several walks through the parks, a first for me. This program is sure to add to your life list of mammals as there is a great variety living in the two parks. It is rewarding in so many aspects and therefore one not to be missed!

Marsha from Fairport, NY Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 08/30/15 - 09/06/15
Fantastic scenery. Excellent instructors and bus driver. Loved being inside the park and staying in the historic hotels. Don't be surprised to experience snow in late August/early September. Lots of happy memories from this trip.

Kathleen from Oshkosh, WI Number of programs attended: 32
Date attended: 08/30/15 - 09/06/15
Beautiful trip. Learned so much about the area. Hikes fabulous with breathtaking views. Great group of traveling companions

Mary Ellen from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 08/30/15 - 09/06/15
Beautiful trip. Weather can be very cold. Accommodations at Many Glacier can be rustic. Some presenters excellent.

Joanne from Edwardsville, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/23/15 - 08/30/15
Glacier National Park was a wonderful trip. The guides introduced me to their part of our country & shared their knowledge of the mountains, trees & plants and birds.

Jerry from Greeley, CO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/23/15 - 08/30/15
Great place to visit (if skies are not full of smoke), wonderful hotels, great food, guides exceptional. transportation was safe and comfortable as usual.

Linda from Nipomo, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 08/09/15 - 08/16/15
I loved the soaring mountains and the historic old Ins that we stayed in. Be sure and go to Glacier Park before all of the glaciers are gone.

Louise from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/02/15 - 08/09/15
This trip was wonderful. You really feel at one with nature.

Karen from Lawrenceville, GA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/19/15
This program provides an excellent opportunity to visit Glacier National Park and learn about the park and its opportunities. Outstanding leader makes the trip a pleasure to take.

Barbara from Osprey, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/19/15 - 07/26/15
Wonderful, panoramic views in every direction. Mountains, lakes, wildlife, flowers and more. Extremely enjoyable.

Anne from Osprey, FL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 07/19/15 - 07/26/15
The actual program delivers on its description. We enjoyed hiking, touring and photographing Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. The group leader, the instructors and the drivers were knowledgeable, congenial and enjoyed what they were doing.

Gretchen from Millinocket, ME Number of programs attended: 71
Date attended: 07/19/15 - 07/26/15
These parks and the hotels inside have some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen anywhere in the world. Treat yourself to a delightful visit!!!

Elaine from Eldersburg, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/19/15
the program description was accurate

Charles from Saint Clair, MI Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/15/14
i enjoyed the natural beauty of this trip. the instructors were very skilled and informative. this along with their organization skills made yhis trip very worth the cost.

George from Wilmette, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/15/14
Excellent trip with some of the best scenery I have ever seen. The picturesque Many Glaciers Lodge and Prince of Whales Hotels are to die for. Mostly it is the mountains, forests, and water that make it so georgeous. We were fortunate enough to have an early snowstorm that closed Going to the Sun Road- but only for a few days- so did the planned itinerary in reverse. The upside was that the mountains now were snow covered! Bring your camera and extra memory. Talks, and hikes led by the guides were great and they are very knowledgeable. Would have liked longer hikes but understand the limitations of the group.

Richard from Cincinnati, OH Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/15/14
Staff members were great, God did a great job on the scenery. This program is a remarkably good use of the reasonable price.

Mary from Tulsa, OK Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/01/14 - 09/08/14
Great leaders, great fellow participants and beautiful scenery. Exceeded my expectations including really "bad" jokes and puns! Thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.

Thomas from Willow Grove, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/04/14 - 08/11/14
Great trip! Great guides, Lief et al., Great people! The Rooneys will be back!

Diane from Newark, OH Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 08/04/14 - 08/11/14
Glacier is beautiful; the leader and instructors were very knowledgeable,fun, and interesting. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip.

Evelyn from Agoura Hills, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/18/14 - 08/25/14
Glacier National Park was absolutely beautiful despite the rainy weather! Our fearless leaders were fantastic, fun and extremely knowledgeable! The food at the National Park Lodges was quite good. The food and physical layout of Ed & Mully's was below par in my opinion. The Head in Smashed Buffalo Jump museum was really informative and beautiful! The last day of our journey consisted of a long bus ride (even though we got to stop and get off somewhat frequently)and the day before was also a low energy day, although we had a short, beautiful hike of a mile or so. This leads me to the designation of this being considered an active program. I will take responsibility for not having read more carefully what active meant. I personally would have chosen a more "active" program. Glacier National Park is breathtaking and not to be missed!

Arthur from Chapel Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 08/18/14 - 08/25/14
The Glacier Park is one of the countries most beautiful spots and should not be missed.

Edna from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 08/18/14 - 08/25/14
Glacier and Waterton Lakes are simply magnificent! This trip takes you smoothly from one luscious and gorgeous location to another. Even though it had been in the 90s the week before, it was cold and wet during our trip but that simply did not dampen the enjoyment of the trip as we were out hiking during breaks in the weather and enjoying the splendor and majesty of this amazing spot on the earth, including wonderful wildlife, during moist times. As Martha said, the leadership team was perfection. We learned a great deal about the Black Foot. Stayed in wonderful authentic lodges. Ate too much delicious huckleberry pie etc. If you have wanted to go on the Highway-to-the-Sun, I recommend you take a look at this trip.

Martha from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/18/14 - 08/25/14
Stephanie, Ellen, Brian were excellent--You need to keep them as a team. In spite of the weather drawbacks we did not miss out on any experiences in the park. Their compatibility with each other and with each of us was remarkable.

Joan from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 08/04/14 - 08/11/14
We throughly enjoyed this trip. IT was listed as active and it was but it accommodated less active people such as me and yet it was a congenial integrated group. Part of my family homesteaded in the northwest and I got closer to them by actually being there. I have had such an interest in mountains in the west. We hiked in the Sierras for years. The Rockies and high pass were

John from Dearborn, MI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/04/14 - 08/11/14
The lectures were outstanding and the hikes were excellent.

Burton from The Villages, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/04/14 - 08/11/14
Gorgeous scenery, great staff, fresh air & physical activity. Go commune with nature.

Gail from Mountain View, CA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 07/21/14 - 07/28/14
All I can say is that this trip was one of the highlights of my life. Gail Jenks

Mary from Flagstaff, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/21/14 - 07/28/14
If you enjoy incredible scenery, abundant wildlife, and historic lodges of the national parks, this is the trip for you! Leila and her team are just outstanding, and make the trip so much fun. We enjoyed every minute of it!

Christina from Great Mills, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/07/14 - 07/14/14
Together Leif Castren and Ellen Horowitz gave us a peek into their backyard---Glacier Park. (What a perfect blend of the energy and eagerness of youth and the deep passion and matched energy from 30 years of Glacier teaching! )They shared their expertise and in doing so, gave us the “eyes” to read the landscape. They shared their knowledge of the formation of the mountains through glacial movement, the changes in the forests and wildflowers as spring moves up the mountain, and their amazing ability to spot wildlife. Their attention to our interests and needs was always in the forefront. Every day we were out on a path experiencing Glacier! The animal sightings were amazing, thanks to their keen eyes! This Glacier-Waterton week was the best trip we could have imagined. Loving group. Loving leaders. A place to know and love! Tina and Mac Watts Great Mills, MD

Mary Anne from Charlotte, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/07/14 - 07/14/14
This was the ultimate in experiences for us. The park itself, the people in our group and our most qualified leaders provided an unforgettable eight days. Who would think that a 22 year old male could be so knowledgeable and compassionate as well as congenial with his elders? Thanks to all who made this trip the best.

Emily from Gainesville, FL Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 07/07/14 - 07/14/14
Glacier-Waterton July 7-14, 2014. This international peace park is a treasure that I wish everyone could see and appreciate. It is like entering another world. I highly recommend this trip - you will learn a lot about forests, individual trees, wildflowers, and glaciers. The guides are excellent and the accommodations truly unique. Emily Schwartz, Florida

Janice from Fresno, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/07/14 - 07/14/14
A great trip, very informative and the group leaders were awesome. What I really liked was the diversity of the program and the fact that we had many opportunities to hike and see historical sites and were not just driving from one place to another.

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