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Program #21384RJ
6 Days | 5 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.
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.
Put on some Elvis or some Frank Sinatra — you’re off to discover the best of America’s favorite desert oasis, Palm Springs. Half a century after the King and Ol’ Blue Eyes put this desert burg on the map, Palm Springs lures a new generation of visitors with its modernist charms, the famous hot springs and picturesque Coachella Valley and San Jacinto Mountains. Venture into canyons and museum halls to learn about those who have settled the desert from prehistory to the modern day and discover the city’s treasury of mid-century architecture around every corner. Learn from experts about the region’s thriving date industry, ride the world's largest rotating aerial tram up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon, encounter the flora and fauna of the Coachella Valley and much more as you explore this iconic California getaway.


• Analyze Palm Springs’ "desert modernism" style of architecture with an architectural preservationist who introduces you to the architects, builders and designers who developed it.
• Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians with a ranger in Andreas Canyon and study their culture inside the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.
• Explore the 1,200-acre Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, representing the desert environments of North America and Africa, and visit a windmill farm to glimpse the future of sustainable energy.

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Walk 1.25 miles on flat sidewalks, packed dirt trail. Elevation above 8,500 feet on one field trip.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips


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