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Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
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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.
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.

Janice from Kansas City, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This program was in a beautiful part of the country around Asheville, NC and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The guide was fantastic, made sure everything was perfect, was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. I can't wait for my next trip to somewhere equally fantastic.

Joyce from Killingworth, CT Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
I feel like I have an increased appreication and understanding of Western North Carolina -- its people, its geography, its culture. Wonderful trip to take with Road Scholar folks!

Pamela from Arbuckle, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
What a great way to learn about Western North Carolina. Something new to see everyday with background information to make it more meaningful. Thanks Jane and Daryl for sharing your stories and love of the area.

Anne from Fort Washington, PA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
The natural beauty and rich history of western North Carolina presented by people who obviously love their area combined to make this trip a memorable one. From the enthusiasm of Davy Arch, a Cherokee artist, who introduced us to his culture, to the able and caring leadership of Jane Huffman this trip was full of information and fun. Our bus driver, Bill, entertained us with his humorous stories while Darryl, another leader, shared touching stories of growing up in a tightly-knit southern family. The accommodations were comfortable, the food plentiful, and the other participants were friendly and interesting. I highly recommend this trip as one of the best of the nine I've taken so far.

Peter from Bronx, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
Well-organized; fine accommodations; wonderful meals; superb scenery, interesting historical sights; excellent speakers and a wonderful group leader, Jane Huffman, whose enthusiasm for her home state is contagious! A never-to-be-forgotten experience. Bravo!

Nikki from Boynton Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
Well-organized program with a good combination of group learning and independent opportunities. Lots of walking (some hilly) possible, but it is also possible to opt out of much of it. I especially liked the Biltmore gardens, the impressive Asheville architecture (take info on the architecture as you walk around the city because it makes for a better experience), and the Cherokee segment. Come prepared with layers of clothing due to sudden weather changes. The Mars Hill staff is terrific. Finally, the mountains are "uplifting" in their beauty.

Charles from Clayton, NJ Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
Any Road Scholar interested party;this is a well put together program both from the perspective of interest and knowledge!

George from Midlothian, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This was a great program to learn about the history, culture, and natural and man-made beauty of Western North Carolina. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the beauty of the mountains in that area.

Geneil from Cumming, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
A diverse and exciting program, a must see!!

Ronald from Jacksonville, FL Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13
This is my 9th Road Scholar program (10/13/13). The lecturers were outstanding. The hostess was accommodating. Jane always had snacks and drinks available and even gave us a boxed lunch to take on our ride back home although lunch was not included in the program materials. All of our time was well spent. Comfortable bus (I don't like vans). The Biltmore estate should not be missed. Ron from Jacksonville, Florida.

Helen from La Porte, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
My daughter and I loved our RoadScholar tour. It was informative and we met the most wonderful group of people. Try it, I think you will like it.

Vicki from Pleasanton, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Nice, cool Fall trip. Leaves just starting to turn. The YMCA rooms were dorm-like, no refrigerator, or TV. beautiful setting.I question riding a trolley from YMCA rooms to Asheville..seemed very dangerous. I would have gone in the car if I had known we were getting on an Interstate with that wooden open-air with no seat belts and cars 65-70 whizzing by.Road Scholar needs to look at the safety of this. Davy Arch is Great!

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