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Academic Adventures on San Francisco Bay

Program Number: 15551RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/12/2013 - 9/17/2013; 3/12/2015 - 3/17/2015; 4/23/2015 - 4/28/2015; 5/7/2015 - 5/12/2015; 8/13/2015 - 8/18/2015; 8/20/2015 - 8/25/2015; 9/24/2015 - 9/29/2015; 10/1/2015 - 10/6/2015; 10/15/2015 - 10/20/2015; 12/30/2015 - 1/4/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Spend five days immersed in five courses covering a broad range of topics. From the serious to the sublime, you will leave this program enlightened and enriched. See date-specific notes for course topics.




Highlights

• Join acclaimed Road Scholar instructors for five days of captivating lectures and presentations.
• Take an excursion by bus to learn about notable landmarks and locations around the Bay Area.
• Enjoy live entertainment on the closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal standing and walking.




Date Specific Information

9-12-2013

“Middle East at the Crossroads.” “Art Tour: Paris and Northern France.” “Swingin’ into the 50s.” “Prime-Time Crime: TV Drama.” “San Francisco History and Neighborhoods.”
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



3-12-2015

"Rothmann: Great Speeches of the 20th Century." "The Supreme Court." "Life Was Not Just a Cabaret: Revisiting Weimar Germany." "The Golden Roaring Twenties of Berlin and Chicago." "All the World’s Affair: International Expositions, 1851-1940."



4-23-2015

"Rothmann: Middle East Conflict." "Music of Beethoven and Bach." "U.S. Constitution." "Famous Photographers." "The Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.



5-7-2015

"Rothmann: 20th Century Presidents." "The World’s Most Important Archaeological Sites." "Ballets of Stravinsky." "San Francisco History." "World War Two: 70 Years Later."



8-13-2015

"Rothmann: The President and Foreign Policy." "Piano Music of the Romantic Era." "Great American Free Speech Cases." "Great Moments in Photojournalism." "Post Impressionism."



8-20-2015

"Rothmann: Middle East Conflict." "Music of Mozart." "Inside the Supreme Court." "History of Art & Architecture." "Life in the Burbs."



9-24-2015

"Rothmann: Challenges of Political Leadership." "Art Tour: Paris/North France." "American Masters: Gershwin and Bernstein." "U.S. Constitution." "San Francisco Artists and Writers."



10-1-2015

"Rothmann: Defeated Presidential Candidates." " History of Architecture." "Symphony from Beethoven to the Present." "San Francisco History." "Great American Songbook."



10-15-2015

"Rothmann: Great Inaugural Addresses." "Concertos of the Baroque and Classical Eras." "Origins of Fascism." "Film Noir." "Jazz & the Pop Song."



12-30-2015

New Year's Eve: "Rothmann: Great First Ladies." "Music of Mozart." "French Impressionism." "Men, Women & Comedy." "Flop Hits: Great Songs from Broadway Bombs!"



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle and City of Burlingame shuttle to charming downtown Burlingame.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Joe Corso

Joe Corso has been sharing his love for Shakespeare and musical theater on Road Scholar programs since 1998. Joined by his wife Barbara for these courses in New York and California, they share their insights into opera and Hollywood operetta, Verdi and Shakespeare, Broadway, the Gershwins and more. Joe wrote librettos for “A shadow of Her Own and Washington: A Man and His Country,” musical plays produced by the New Hyde Park Players in June 1982 and June, 1976, respectively. He was also a member of the “Writing for the Musical Theater" class and workshops for New School for Social Research in New York City from 1976 to 1981.
 
Michael Graham

A professor of political science at San Francisco State University, Dr. Michael Graham has taught at numerous educational institutions including Oklahoma State University, U.C. Santa Barbara, Northwestern University and Loyola University of Chicago. His major research and teaching interests are in the fields of public law and American political institutions. Dr. Graham holds a Ph.D. in political science from U.S. Santa Barbara.
 
Richard Aldag

Richard Aldag is an active composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by numerous symphonies, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. He served as executive director of the Napa Valley Symphony from 2006-2012, and prior to this, served as executive director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, Richard has served on the faculties of several schools, including Fordham University and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
 
Mark Levy

Mark Levy has performed and taught around the country for 30 years at synagogues, Jewish community centers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad as a singer and lecturer who specializes in traditional Judaic folk music, Jewish humor, and Klezmer history and theory. “Nu, You Think That's Funny?” was developed in a Catskill hotel one summer and includes jokes, film and audio clips that chronicle 100 years of Jewish jokesters.
 
Jerry Frohmader

Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator, whose compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. As assistant dean in the School of Music at the California Institute of Arts, Jerry composed a musical score for the opera "Victory Over the Sun" by Malevich. As a musician, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and has been featured on the ABC News, CNN Travel and the PBS program SPARK.
 
Sara Felder

Sara Felder is a solo theater artist, playwright, humorist, juggler and teacher. She ran away with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, was a featured act in Joel Grey’s Borscht Capades, toured Cuba with Jugglers for Peace, opened for Joan Rivers, has lectured on humor all over the country and has taught juggling in California prisons and halfway houses. She continues to teach comedy and humor at San Francisco State University and Road Scholar, as well as in her popular class on solo performance at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre. Sara believes in the power of laughter to help talk about the most difficult subjects. For example, her solo plays have included the themes of same-sex marriage, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, mental illness and grief – and they are all comedies. Sara has earned fellowships, commissions and residencies from many agencies including the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the California Arts Council and many other organizations.
 
Sue Lombardi

Susanna Lombardi is an art historian and educator whose career in college teaching spanned over 25 years. In addition to her role as a faculty member at Dominican College, she served as the associate director of the graduate humanities program. She completed her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of the book, "Behold!"
 
James Dalessandro

James Dalessandro has written more than 20 feature film and television scripts, including the movie adaptation of his best selling novel, “1906,” for Warner Brothers, and the Hallmark movie, “Citizen Jane,” based on his true crime book. He is the writer and director of the award- winning documentary film, “The Damnedest Finest Ruins,” and the writer and executive producer of, “Petrosino,” an upcoming 10-hour mini series based on his Playboy article and upcoming book. He is the principal Road Scholar lecturer in his adopted home of San Francisco where he screens, “The Damnedest Finest Ruins,” and lectures on subjects ranging from the founding of San Francisco the Transcontinental Railroad, Old Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge to the history of its artists: Mark Twain, Jack London, Isadora Duncan and the Beat Generation.
 
Marie McNaughton

Marie McNaughton is an independent, interdisciplinary scholar whose devotion to art, architecture, history, literature and music was fired by childhood visits to the museums, public spaces, and culture of San Francisco. She has been a professional writer, editor, photographer, and all-around critic of society and culture since the 1980s. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Humanities from San Francisco State University, where she regularly lectures on cultural production as a means of understanding the human condition. Practiced in exhibit development, interpretation and curation, she has worked with such diverse institutions as the San Francisco Zoological Society, Sonoma County Environmental Discovery Center, San Francisco Police Department, California Homicide Inspectors Association, and the Cotati Historical Society & Museum, of which she is currently president.
 
Marty Carcieri

Marty Carcieri is a tenured associate professor of political science, specializing in constitutional law and political theory. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Cal State Los Angeles, a J.D. from UC Hastings, and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara. He taught previously at the University of North Florida and the University of Tennessee. Marty teaches undergraduate courses in American political theory, legal issues, constitutional law, and jurisprudence, as well as graduate seminars on the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the judicial process, the U.S. drug war, and John Rawls. His work has been cited in four state appellate court decisions and in amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in four landmark cases.
 
David Large

Having earned his Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley in 1974, David Clay Large has taught at Berkeley, Smith College, Montana State University, and Yale University, where he was also college dean. Presently he is a visiting scholar at the Institute of European Studies at Berkeley. A specialist in the history of modern Germany, he is the author of a dozen books, including "Where Ghosts Walked: Munich’s Road to the Third Reich," "Berlin," "Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936," and "Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games." His current project is a narrative history of the great spa-towns of Central Europe.
 
Larry Prud'homme

Larry Prud’homme was born in Berkeley and raised in the east bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science at U.C. Berkeley and his M.A.and Ph.D. in European history at U.C. Davis. For most of his career, Larry taught history and political science at the college level. Since retiring from full-time teaching at Mendocino College, he continues to teach history part-time to older adults Santa Rosa Junior College and CSU East Bay in Concord. Larry enjoys traveling with his wife, hiking in the Sierra Nevada, running, and foreign films. He is the president of the Rossmoor Trails Club, a hiking club in Walnut Creek.
 
Brian Taylor

A professor of photography at California State University in San Jose, Brian Taylor is known for his innovative explorations of alternative photographic processes including historic 19th Century printing techniques, mixed media, and hand made books. His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad in numerous solo and group shows and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and several others. His photographs have been published in many magazines inlucding American Photographer and Photo Asia, and he has taught photography workshops for over 20 years at institutions including Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon. He received his B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. from Stanford University, and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico.
 
Doug Bailey

Doug Bailey earned his Ph.D. in archaeology from Cambridge University, following a degree in classical archaeology at Dartmouth College. Doug has taught in the UK and the U.S., including a decade at Cardiff University in Wales where he held a personal chair in European prehistory. His primary fieldwork includes excavations of 8000-year old villages of Neolithic Romania, for which the Romanian Ministry of Culture awarded their 2002 Adrian Radulescu Prize for outstanding contribution to Romanian archaeology. Doug has written key works on prehistoric archaeology including “Prehistoric Figurines: Representation and Corporeality,” “Balkan Prehistory,” and “Living Well Together: Sedentism and Mobility.” Doug is a professor of anthropology at San Francisco State University and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Doug has lectured in Europe, America and Asia on topics ranging from his fieldwork to the origins of art and representation.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton SFO Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton SFO Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton SFO Bayfront is ideally located just four miles from San Francisco Airport in the contemporary neighborhood of Burlingame, CA, a short drive from downtown San Francisco. The hotel offers inspiring views overlooking San Francisco Bay and nearby there's a scenic walking path where guests can enjoy a stroll along the Bay. The charming downtown section of Burlingame is filled with plenty of shopping and dining options.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html
  Room amenities: Each guest room contains a 42 inch flat screen HDTV with complimentary HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. All rooms are equipped with a coffee maker and tea service, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, arm chair with ottoman, clock radio with MP3 connection, curved shower rod, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. Guests receive USA Today daily, Monday through Friday. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in all guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: The Hilton SFO Bayfront is a 100% smoke-free hotel. It offers guests many fine amenities including the California culinary-inspired restaurant, Windows on the Bay, which provides sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Guests can also enjoy their favorite cocktail in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel's Lobby Lounge. The hotel features an indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a 24-hour business center. Guests may plug in their iPod, camera or laptop to an in-room system. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in the lobby and guest rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on availability Call the hotel for and ask for best rate currently available.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on availability Call the hotel for and ask for best rate currently available.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:30-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
1:00PM after lunch on closing day. Please arrange your travel plans so you can join us for the final class on closing day. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
phone: 650-340-8500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Five miles

   

The hotel shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Exit SFO on Departure level and cross intersection to wait for shuttle to come by within 20 minutes. Look for black shuttle which reads, HILTON SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT BAYFRONT/EMBASSY SUITES.

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 101 north of Burlingame Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Highway 101 south of Burlingame Take Highway 101 north. Take the Peninsula Ave exit, EXIT 417B. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Turn slightly right to stay on Airport Blvd. Hilton Hotel is on the right at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of Sacramento Travel I-5 south to I-505. Travel I-505 south to I-80 west. Cross Bay Bridge ($6 toll). I-80 becomes Highway 101 south. Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of San Diego Travel I-5 north to I-580 west. Take I-580 to I-238 north. Take I-238 to I-880 south. Take I-880 to the San Mateo Bridge. Cross bridge ($5 toll). Take Highway 101 north towards San Francisco. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
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: Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 Afternoon: Program REGISTRATION takes place in the hallway outside of the meeting room. Check in to the hotel at the lobby desk; you will be directed to the meeting room where the Road Scholar program is being held.

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 in hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group. Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: San Fransisco History & Neighborhoods/San Francisco
(Friday, September 13)

Note: Four hour bus trip to San Francisco includes stops for bathroom breaks and picture taking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: San Francisco History & Neighborhoods

Americans have two hometowns: their own and San Francisco. Enjoy an engaging look at the City by the Bay starting with its founding in 1776 through the Gold Rush, 1906 earthquake and 1967 Summer of Love as well as discover its charming neighborhoods.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Narrated bus trip to highlights of San Francisco.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Time to socialize with fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Art Tour: Paris and Northern France/Swinging into the Fabulous Fifties
(Saturday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Art Tour: Paris and Northern France

Paris has spectacular art from Notre Dame to the Louvre, and smaller gems like the Cluny Museum. The outskirts of Paris and highlights in Normandy, Loire Valley finish the course.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Swinging into the Fabulous Fifties

From zoot suits and saddle shoes to sock hops, malt shops and big tail fins we discover how the swing era climaxed, kept swinging and with the help of television became a multi-layered pop culture with the Hit Parade, country music, rhythm and blues, and cool jazz. Enjoy the journey with songs such as "I’m Beginning to See the Light," "String of Pearls," "Harbor Lights," "The Tennesee Waltz," "All Shook Up," "Blueberry Hill," "Take Five," "Only You" and "Rock Around the Clock." Includes live and recorded music and video.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Swinging into the Fabulous Fifties
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Prime Time Crime: TV Drama
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Prime Time Crime: TV Drama

From "Perry Mason" and "Columbo" to "Vice Squad" and "Monk," detective shows have filled the tube for six decades. We'll relive some of those classic and current moments and see what's kept people tuned in and spellbound.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Prime Time Crime: TV Drama
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Time to socialize with fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Middle East at the Crossroads/Art Tour: Paris and Northern France/Live Musical Entertainment
(Monday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Middle East at the Crossroads

Israel, the Palestinians and the U.S.are the key players in the Middle East peace process. This course looks at the changing relations between the three parties, and how it all fits in with the rising call for democracy in the Arab world.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Art Tour: Paris and Northern France
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: LIVE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Mark Levy
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Middle East at the Crossroads
(Tuesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Middle East at the Crossroads
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel. Program is over after lunch. Hotel checkout is at noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front Trail
Walk along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail adjacent to the bay and the hotel. You will see sweeping views of the South Bay, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda and the San Francisco skyline. For additional information, visit http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
  Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum explores the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society and is home to the largest collection of computing artifacts in the world. Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5

650-810-1010

1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/

  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with interesting shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. (Courtesy of Filoli.org)

650-364-8300

Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road. For additional information, visit http://filoli.org/

  Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum is dedicated to the dreams of flight, looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. Open 10-5 daily; six miles south of hotel at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos

650-654-0200

take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road. The restoration shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Museum collection includes aircraft exhibits: vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Extensive gift shop. Museum is adjacent to San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/

  NASA Ames Exploration Center
Experience NASA technology and missions first hand; open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, free admission

650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497

Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, as you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate, The center is on the right, proceed behind the dome for parking. For additional information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html

  San Francisco
Some of the main attractions in America's favorite city include Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill and North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Building and downtown Market Street, the Asian Art Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park with the Japanese Tea Garden and deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral, the Presidio with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center with the SF Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
  Stanford University
Stanford University: Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm. Suggested sights to see: Hoover Tower, Memorial Church and the Cantor Arts Center.

Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. For additional information, visit http://www.stanford.edu/

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


Historic San Francisco: A Concise History and Guide


Author: Rand Richards


Description: This combination history/guidebook is divided into ten chapters, each of which provides background information on San Francisco's historic buildings, museums, and artifacts



Historic Walks in San Francisco: 18 Trails Through the City's Past


Author: Rand Richards


Mud, Blood and Gold: San Francisco in 1849


Author: Rand Richards


Description: San Francisco in 1849 was a time and place like no other in American history. As word of the discovery of gold in California spread, people from all over the world descended on San Francisco--ground zero for the avalanche of humanity and goods pouring into the fabled El Dorado. There have been many books on the Gold Rush, but Mud, Blood, and Gold is the first to focus solely on San Francisco as it was at the peak of the gold frenzy. With a 'you are there' immediacy author Rand Richards vividly brings to life what San Francisco was like during the landmark year of 1849. Based on eyewitness accounts and previously overlooked official records, Richards chronicles the explosive growth of a wide-open town rife with violence, gambling, and prostitution, all of it fueled by unbridled greed.



Haunted San Francisco: Ghost Stories From the City's Past


Author: Rand Richards


Description: From North Beach to South of Market to Golden Gate Prk and points in between, ghosts have made their spectral presences known. This remarkable anthology pulls together the first ever collection of ghost stories set exclusively in San Francisco. The stories are a mix of journalism, folklore, and just pure creative imagination. Also included are several investiagions of haunted houses including interviews with people who lived in them.



Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love


Author: David Talbot


Description: In a kaleidoscopic narrative, New York Times bestselling author David Talbot tells the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between 1967 and 1982and of the extraordinary men and women who led to the citys ultimate rebirth and triumph. Season of the Witch is the first book to fully capture the dark magic of San Francisco in this breathtaking period, when the city radically changed itselfand then revolutionized the world.





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