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Seasons of Beauty in the Blue Ridge: Natural Life, History, Folk Culture & Music

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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.
Enjoy the noble beauty of one of our continent’s most striking mountain settings and discover how its natural wonders came to be as you investigate the primordial forces that sculpted the Blue Ridge, Alleghany and Shenandoah Valley landscapes. Study the web of life in the temperate highlands and the culture that draws from it. Hear stories of early settlers in this woodland setting and how their encounters with the wild frontier helped shape Blue Ridge folklore, language, music and customs. Experience this rich culture for yourself during sessions of Appalachian music performed on traditional instruments.


• Encounter a mountaintop ecosystem during excursions on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway and experience spectacular scenic views at the Peaks of Otter.
• Discover Natural Bridge and its gorge and see why Thomas Jefferson called it the most "sublime" place on earth.
• At Warm Springs, take a relaxing soak in the mineral waters of a 1761 bathhouse, the oldest spa structure in the United States and the same one Jefferson used during his retirement in 1818.

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Walking up to two miles at easy pace; uneven, grassy, hilly terrain. Elevations up to 4,000 feet on one field trip.

Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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