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7 Days | 6 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s 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.
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Milton from Newton, KS Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/27/14
If you want to know how agriculture, the lumber industry, the button industry, the pearl industry, lead mining, fishing, railroads, flour milling and shipping affected the development of the Mississippi River this is the program for you. Milton Claassen

Norman from Western Springs, IL Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/27/14
A wonderful experience - interesting and informative, and led by an outstanding group leader. Highly recommended.

Lois from Wilmington, DE Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip and it was so interesting, informative and well organized that I will certainly take another. Diane planned a program that taught us in a very entertaining way about the Upper Mississippi River and its history, all at a very comfortable pace.

Marcia from Belmont, CA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
Program was everything I hoped for and left me with a renewed appreciation for the area and it's contribution to the development of our great country.

Anita from Temecula, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
The Upper Mississippi River trip was fun, informative, and a comfortable pace. I learned information about eagles, clamming, towing barges on the river, locks on the river, and travelling on a fancy riverboat. A wonderful experience!

Patricia from Tucker, GA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
This program provided a true Mississippi River experience. It was most enjoyable, most comprehensive & most informative.

Martha from Pembroke, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
Learning about the Mississippi and its gifts was a fascinating and enjoyable journey. I learned to even look at buttons differently!

Marion from Andover, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
Educational, learned about clamming, eagles . lore of river towns. Boat rides were relaxing and fun. Overall a wonderful experience.

Enid from Gulfport, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
If you want to have fun while learning and appreciate a superbly organized leader, this is the trip for you.

Lynn from Woodland, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
We had a great experience. I learned history I had never known about the upper Mississippi.It wasn't what I had pictured at all. A delightful surprise!

Allen from Temecula, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/13/14
The program took me to a part of our county I had never seen. I was able to see what other folks had to deal with in their day to day lives which was very different from my life experience. In most cases their lives were much slower than mine and allowed them time to smell the Roses.

Carol from Charlottesville, VA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
This program was well worth the time, lots of information about the area. I learned so much about the Mississippi and our country as well! I can't praise Road Scholar programs enough, I've attended 19 programs and each was done well!!!

Christina from Riverside, CA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
Exploring the Upper Mississippi River and Valley was an educational, inspiring , and mind expanding experience. Seeing and learning about the mighty river , bald eagles , small Midwest towns with beautiful waterfront parks and trails was a delightful experience. I am so grateful i was able to attend this program.

Margie from Upland, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
This was our 9th trip and we rate it amoung our tops. Dianne, leader/instructor, was the best we've had. Her knowledge, preprations,visuals and enthusisasm, were over the top. Meals were excellent, hotels top notch. We came away with a wealth of knowledge about Big Muddy, clamming, eagles and history of the area. Al & Margie Curletti

Linda from Bedford, PA Number of programs attended: 53
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
Linda from Bedford, Pa. Programs attended: 46 Date attended: 8/17/14-8/23/14 What a fabulous trip. We learned about the Mississippi, eagles, buttons from clams, fish, barges and boats. Every minute was full and fun. Our director, Diane Van Wyngardner, was superb in every way. We had the best accommodations, wonderful meals, and a flowing knowledge of the midwest instilled into our minds. The review asks us to tell some way this program could be improved. Neither my husband nor I could think of any. Keep up the great work!

Margaret from Acworth, GA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/23/14
If you want a fun-filled program that will open your eyes to the world of the Midwest and the Mississippi River's role in the American economy, this trip is for you. From an up close and personal experience with a bald eagle to great cuisine and banjo music while floating down the Mississippi in a replica paddle wheeler, to an amazing multimedia presentation at Minneapolis's Mill Museum - the entire program was a delight.

Rhonda from Willsboro, NY Number of programs attended: 25
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/12/13
The Upper Mississippi program was one of the best we have been on. The reasons for this are is a great subject and there are many things to see and do, but the most important reason for its success is the Group Leader, Diane. Not only is she knowledgable about "the River", but she adds all kinds of extra things in which take the program a notch higher than most. We would highly suggest this program to everyone.

Rita from Minnetonka, MN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/28/13
The upper Mississippi cruise was terrific, a true travel adventure. The beauty of the river, the eagles, the pelicans. the musicians who set the mood and lifted spirits. As a result, more river trips are in my future! Above all, the camaraderie of Road Scholar travelers lifts me up. Good people all around.

Joyce from Reston, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/28/13
If you enjoy the out of doors and want to learn about the beautiful part of the country where the Upper Mississippi River flows, and its history, this is a program not to be missed. The local enthusiastic leader will have you a lover of the river and the river towns all in the space of 5 days. Go for it!

Nancy from Rocklin, CA Number of programs attended: 36
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/14/13
This was an outstanding program that was led by a great coordinator Diane Van Wyngarden. We had 3 varied trips on the Mississippi, visited several very interesting museums,stayed in nice hotels & had a variety of good food. All in all, one of the best Road Scholar programs I have participated in the 30+ I have attended over the past 14 years.

Peggy from Easley, SC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/30/12 - 10/06/12
The Mississippi Explorers tour was absolutely wonderful. Varied, informative, fun. Diane and Tom were the perfect tour leaders. They made it fun as well as educational. This was the best-organized tour I have ever taken. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the Upper Mississippi River area.

Eric from Caldwell, NJ Number of programs attended: 34
Date attended: 09/30/12 - 10/06/12
I enjoyed the program and to my knowledge all the other participents enjoyed it as much or more than me. I was particularly impressed with the group leader and her ability to make sure everything went smootly and the needs of all were accommodated.
All aspects of the trip from the initial contact and information to the accommodations and meals and content were of the highest quality due to the organizational ability of the leader. I'm sure that her affability,care and hard work rubbed off on the participants creating a group dynamic which added to the enjoyment.

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