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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Program Number: 13975RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/21/2012 - 10/24/2012;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Ventura, California
Price starting at: $484.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Since the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library opened in 1991, more is now known about President Reagan’s life from research and his private diaries. Enjoy the 2011 museum renovations and new interactive exhibits telling the story of Reagan’s life and engage in multiple experiences such as acting in a movie with Reagan, and setting the table for a state dinner.




Highlights

• Board Air Force One, the “Flying White House,” view the Oval Office and Reagan’s final resting place, and hear personal stories about the Reagans from those who knew them.
• Gain special access to the Reagan archives and Presidential Gifts collections in storage.
• Read Reagan's handwritten diary by digitally turning the pages.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on two-hour docent-led walk on flat, paved terrain.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Ventura

A classic California beach community with surfers, art galleries, white-sand beaches and warm breezes, Ventura is situated between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara near the region's museums, historic missions and coastal wonders.



Accommodations
Ventura's only beachfront property, with balconied rooms and ocean views, steps away from the historic downtown and pier.
Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
  Ventura, CA 3 nights
 Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries.
  Contact info: 450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding; coffee maker; iron/board; hair dryer; high-speed Internet access; 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies; in-room movies. All rooms are non-smoking.
  Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. Wi-Fi Access: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based upon availability Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based upon availability Call Laura Moran at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5142 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is between 3:30-5:00PM in hotel lobby. Orientation begins at 5:30PM followed by dinner at 6:00PM. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach that night.
  End of Program:
Please arrange your transportation so you can join us for the final lecture which will end about 10:30AM. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Health & Safety Form, please indicate to us the name of your roommate/traveling companion. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary parking is available in the lot adjacent to the hotel, but the parking pass needs to be validated at the front desk.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ventura, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Santa Barbara
  Nearest highway: Highway 101 passes through Ventura
  Nearest airport:  Los Angeles International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Ventura, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Santa Barbara/ SBA to Ventura

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Runner Shuttle
phone: 800-247-7919
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 per person one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40-45 min from Santa Barbara Airport to the Crowne Plaza-Ventura Beach 

 

Distance:

 

38 miles from Santa Barbara Airport to the Crowne Plaza-Ventura Beach

   

Call for current rates as prices are subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are required. Website: www.rrshuttle.com Roadrunner Shuttle local phone: 805-389-8196 Santa Barbara Airport website: www.flysba.com

 

Los Angeles (LAX) to Ventura

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Prime Time Shuttle
phone: 800-733-8267
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$66.50 per person each way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 20 min, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

71 miles from LAX to Crowne Plaza Ventura Hotel

   

Call for current rates and to arrange pickup time. Advance reservations are required. Price is estimated and subject to change. Website: www.primetimeshuttle.com for online reservations and exact fares. On arrival at LAX, claim your luggage, proceed outside and look for the shared ride van sign on the inside curb just outside of baggage claim. Alternate passenger van service: SuperShuttle at 800-258-3826 or www.supershuttle.com

 

Los Angeles/LAX to Ventura, CA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ventura Co. Airporter Shuttle
phone: 805-650-6600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 P/P to drop-off point in Ventura; then taxi to Crowne Plaza @about $14
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 15 min to drop-off point + taxi ride (additional 15-20 min for wait time and ride) 

 

Distance:

 

71 miles from LAX to Crowne Plaza-Ventura Beach

   

VCA Shuttle offers 8 daily trips to/from LAX and Ventura at a great price p/p. However, it drops off passengers at the Holiday Inn Express at Ventura Harbor, 3.5 miles from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. From the drop-off point you need to call a taxi to get a ride to the Crowne Plaza. Call Yellow Taxi Cab at 805-659-6900 at $14 per ride. ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. VCA Shuttle website: www.venturashuttle.com

 

Ventura/ Amtrak Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 805-659-6900

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Minimum fare of $10 per ride one-way will be charged
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Under 2 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Amtrak Station is .2 miles from hotel

   

Amtrak (1-800-872-7245) provides transportation service to Ventura via the Pacific Surfliner route. The covered Amtrak platform is located outside Seaside Park (Ventura County Fairgrounds) at 20 W. Harbor Blvd. near Figueroa St. You may walk 4 blocks from the station to the hotel, or call a taxi. Amtrak website: www.amtrak.com

 

Burbank/Bob Hope Airport (BUR) to Ventura

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
phone: 800-872-7245
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$21 one-way (Call for current price)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Train ride is about 1.5 hours between Burbank and Ventura 

 

Distance:

 

Around 65 miles from Burbank Airport to the hotel

   

Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner makes about 5 stops/day between the Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Station and the Ventura Station, located near the Crowne Plaza Ventura Hotel. See notes for Ventura/Amtrak Station. The Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Station is located at 3750 Empire Ave., Burbank, CA 91505. The station is unstaffed. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or visit their website at www.amtrak.com for schedule and ticket information.

 
Driving Directions
  Northbound Highway 101 to Crowne Plaza Ventura Hotel Going north on Hwy 101, take the California St. exit. Turn left on California St. at the top of the exit ramp and go over the freeway. Turn right on Harbor Blvd. then immediately left into the hotel parking lot.
  Southbound Highway 101 to Crowne Plaza Ventura Hotel Going South on Hwy 101, take the Ventura Ave. exit. Turn right on Thompson Blvd. and continue for approximately 4 blocks to California St. Turn right on California St. and go over the freeway to Harbor Blvd. The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach hotel will be directly ahead. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd., then immediately left into the hotel parking lot.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrival/Introductory Class
(Sunday, October 21)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel after 4:00pm

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.

 Evening: CLASS: The Life of Ronald Reagan

In a chronological narrative, we will analyze Ronald Reagan's life -- his family and pre-Hollywood development, his career as an actor, and his ascendancy to political prominence and eventually the governorship of California and the American presidency.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introductory Lectures to Ronald Reagan's Life and Air Force One
(Monday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

CLASS: The Life of Ronald Reagan

In a chronological narrative, we will analyze Ronald Reagan's life -- his family and pre-Hollywood development, his career as an actor, and his ascendancy to political prominence and eventually the governorship of California and the American presidency.

 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Air Force One – The Final Mission

The authors of "Air Force One - The Final Mission" tell the story of Air Force One's final trip to the Reagan Library--from decommissioning the aircraft by the US Air Force, to the movement of the plane to the library's hilltop location, to the opening of the Air Force One Pavilion on October 24, 2005.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: CLASS: The Life of Ronald Reagan

In a chronological narrative, we will analyze Ronald Reagan's life -- his family and pre-Hollywood development, his career as an actor, and his ascendancy to political prominence and eventually the governorship of California and the American presidency.

   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum & Air Force One Pavilion
(Tuesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: All day field trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

The trip features a 2-hour guided docent walk of the new state-of-the art Museum Galleries and Air Force One Pavilion as well as access to the Presidential Gift Collection (not on display in the Museum) and a private archivist talk.

Since The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum opened in 1991, so much more has been uncovered about President Reagan’s life and works, utilizing research and the President’s handwritten diaries. As a result, the Library embarked on a year-long renovation project that was completed in February 2011, in time for Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. The interactive exhibits and never-before-seen artifacts deliver a more in-depth retelling of the Reagan-era history.

Perched on a hilltop with sweeping views of mountains, valleys, and the Pacific Ocean, this 100-acre site offers memorable experiences for people of all ages. Visitors will be given the opportunity to role-play as they step into a WHO radio booth and read the ticker tape a young Ronald Reagan once read; to raise their hand and take the oath of office on inauguration day; and to deliver some of President Reagan’s famous speeches as they stand behind a presidential podium. Guests will also be able to board the Air Force One that served as the 'Flying White House' for President Reagan and six other U.S. presidents from 1973-2001.

 Lunch: Lunch in Air Force One Pavilion
 Afternoon: In the afternoon there is time to explore the 'D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives' exhibit, Reagan Museum exhibits, gift shop and grounds on your own.

At 12,000 square feet in area, D23 PRESENTS TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives and the largest temporary exhibit ever housed at the Reagan Library. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibition features more than 500 artifacts from nearly nine decades of Disney history – over 50% of which have never been seen by the public – including models, props, costumes, set pieces and artwork from throughout Disney history.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: PRESENTATION: View an episode of PBS's 'California's Gold' series which features an exploration of Rancho del Cielo or "Sky's or Heaven's Ranch," the 688-acre ranch located on top of the Santa Ynez Mountain range that served as the Western White House for the late President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

The property was sold to the Young America's Foundation, a conservative group which preserves it today as what it calls "a living monument to Reagan's ideas, values, and lasting accomplishments." Although the ranch is closed to the public, Young America's Foundation offers students and supporters the opportunity to visit the property Reagan called "heaven."

   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Former Reagan Staff/Independent Departure
(Wednesday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: CLASS: Traveling with the President

A former Reagan staff member tells of her adventures traveling in advance of the President and his entourage, deciding where the plane lands, whom the President will meet, and how the press will be accommodated in this anecdote-filled presentation.

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Ronald Reagan program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Ventura, CA Channel Islands National Park
Island Packers

1691 Spinnaker Drive, #105B

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 642-1393

Island Packers is the concessionaire for Channel Islands National Park and operates many boat rides daily from Ventura Harbor to the Channel islands. The Channel Islands provide a great recreational area for kayaking, nature hikes, snorkeling, camping and bird and animal watching. Five out of the eight Channel Islands make up the National Park which is home to more than 2000 species of plants and animals---145 of which are unique to the islands. Anacapa Island is just 14 miles from Ventura Harbor and is accessible for day trips and overnight camping. The park was established by Congress in 1980. For additional information, visit www.islandpackers.com

  Mission San Buenaventura
211 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 643-4318

Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782. It is the ninth of California's 21 missions and the last to be established by Father Serra. Visitors will discover a small museum with mission artifacts such as Chumash basketry, a quiet courtyard, and 250 year-old paintings of the Stations of the Cross. For additional information, visit www.mission.net/california/ventura

  Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 653-0323

One of the museum's permanent exhibits explores the community's past from the Chumash era through the 21st century. It consists of a fascinating collection of artifacts and displays focusing on Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican pioneers, and European and Yankee settlers. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical figures, which are intricately carved figures from history that are dressed in elaborate period costume. For additional information, visit www.venturamuseum.org

  Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau
101 S. California St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 648-2075 or (800) 333-2989

Ventura offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as beach walks, biking and hiking trails, bird watching, camping, golf, sport fishing, water activities and whale watching. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is situated next to the beach and an oceanside boardwalk that stretches for many miles. Some trail heads are within walking distance of the hotel. For additional information, visit www.ventura-usa.com

Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


An American Life: The Autobiography


Author: Ronald Reagan


Description: Ronald Reagan's autobiography is a work of major historical importance. Here, in his own words, is the story of his life—public and private—told in a book both frank and compellingly readable. From modest beginnings as the son of a shoe salesman in Tampico, Illinois, Ronald Reagan achieved first a distinguished career in Hollywood and then, as governor of California and as president of the most powerful nation in the world, a career of public service unique in our history.



When Character Was King


Author: Peggy Noonan


Description: From the bestselling author of "What I Saw at the Revolution" comes an elegiac tribute to one of America's most beloved leaders. From the beginning of his Presidency, Reagan enjoyed the American people's affection. What was the wellspring of his greatness? Peggy Noonan, bestselling author of the classic Reagan-era memoir "What I Saw at the Revolution", former speechwriter, and now a columnist and contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal, argues that the secret of Reagan's success was no secret at all. It was his character, courage, kindness, persistence, honesty, and almost heroic patience in the face of setbacks that were the most important elements of his success.



President Reagan The Role of a Lifetime


Author: Lou Cannon


Description: This book by a veteran reporter of Ronald Reagan's political career is one of the best Reagan biographies.



Air Force One: The Final Mission


Author: Joel Haskel Cohen and Michael Cohen


Description: On September 8, 2001, the Air Force decommissioned SAM 27000 and gave it on permanent loan to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. Documentary filmmakers Joel Haskell Cohen and Michael Cohen have chronicled the historic final days of the most famous aircraft in the world from the moment SAM 27000 touched down for the final time at San Bernardino International Airport in California to its perilous 102-mile journey by truck to the Reagan Presidential Library where it was completely reconstructed in a massive new indoor pavilion.



The Reagan Diaries


Author: Edited by Douglas Brinkley


Description:





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