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Signature City Phoenix-Scottsdale

Program Number: 21299RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 11/16/2014 - 11/21/2014; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,059.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Explore Arizona’s Valley of the Sun on daily adventures spotlighting the history and culture of the Southwest’s most dynamic city and its environs — from iconic Camelback Mountain to the copper-domed State Capitol. Discover the region’s prehistoric and modern Native American cultures with a visit to the famed Heard Museum. View the city’s mix of architectural styles including Frank Lloyd Wright and Paolo Soleri. Experience the music of the city and the world at Phoenix’ newest sensation — the Musical Instrument Museum. Stay in Old Town Scottsdale where its true western roots are juxtaposed against its modern and upscale new Southwest style.




Highlights

• View elements of this dynamic city on an expert-led discovery of Phoenix, experience art and culture at the Native American Heard Museum, and visit the Phoenix Art Museum, Musical Instrument Museum and Wright’s Taliesin West.
• Discover the rich diversity of the Sonoran Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden and sit under the stars around a campfire amid towering saguaro cacti following a dinner on a 1,300-acre ranch.
• Enjoy world-class galleries and a Western-themed ambiance while strolling Old Town Scottsdale, just a short walk from the hotel.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a one-half mile and standing in museums for up to two hours.




Date Specific Information

10-19-2014, 11-16-2014, 1-18-2015, 2-8-2015, 2-22-2015, 3-29-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Scottsdale

An affluent city adjacent to Phoenix, Scottsdale enjoys an annual average of more than 330 days of sunshine, a factor that, along with the area’s wide-open desert landscape, makes the city a haven for golfers. Scottsdale’s vibrant nightlife and busy hotel scene are balanced out by its proximity to mountain areas popular with outdoor enthusiasts.



Accommodations
Hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale with outdoor pool, walking distance to Scottsdale’s famed galleries, restaurants and waterfront. Free local shuttle.

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

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
 
Phil Rakoci

Naturalist and humorist Philip Rakoci has a passion and exuberance for all things prickly, pointy, venomous and desiccated. Arizona native "Wildman Phil" owns 120 live animals and passionately takes his "pets" on the road across the Southwest, explaining how vastly different animals' lives are interwoven and why desert animals are best adapted to eke a living from the parched land. He’ll occasionaly talk nonchalantly with an ornate tree lizard securely clamped to one of his earlobes while extolling the finer points of horned lizards, scorpions and rattlesnakes.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
  Scottsdale Old Town 5 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Type: Hotel
  Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.
  Contact info: 7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html
  Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.
  Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and photo copying service
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: n/a Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: n/a Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Drop in program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM; adjacent to the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends by 11:00 AM You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Scottsdale Old Town
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-730-9267
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $25, discount if booked online, $2 discount with Code "E3BBF"
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Shuttles by reservation to and from the Phoenix airport. Upon arrival, collect your luggage. For Terminal 2 arrivals, exit Door 8, at the east end of the terminal, past baggage claim. Once outside, continue east to the middle island/median. Terminal 3, exit Door 9 (North Curb) and cross the street. Terminal 4, exit Door 3 (North Curb), cross the street to the median. Make sure your driver knows which Hilton property they are taking you to as there is more then one in Scottsdale.

 
Driving Directions
  Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town from LA Head into Phoenix via I-10. Follow signs for I-10E toward airport/Tucson. Keep right via EXIT 147A-B and then keep right to take AZ-202-LOOP E via EXIT 147A. Stay on the AZ 202 loop E until exit 9 and merge onto the 101 loop heading North. Take the Indian School Rd exit, EXIT 47, and head back west on Indian School Rd. for 2.1 miles. The hotel is on your right.
  Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town from points north. Take I-17 Southbound into Phoenix until the 101 East loop. Continue on Loop 101 until East Indian School Road (exit 47). Continue West on Indian School Road. The destination is to the right after 2 miles.
Elevation Note: Elevation 1,250 feet

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/Program Orientation
(Sunday, November 16)
   
 Afternoon: Program registration to take place between 4:30 - 5:15 pm in the hotel lobby. This is a drop in registration.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in a private meeting room at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option.
 Evening: After dinner we will have the program orientation. Information about the hotel property, program itinerary, instructors, venues, nearby attractions and on site staff will be provided. This is also an opportunity to ask questions and to meet your fellow Road Scholar participants.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Arizona and Phoenix History 101 -- the 5 C's! /Explore Phoenix and Scottsdale City Tour/Presentation on “The Trunk Murderess” or other Mystery Tale of Arizona
(Monday, November 17)

Note: Walking short distances in downtown Phoenix and in the Arizona Capitol Museum.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. Large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as omelette's cooked to order. Be sure to allow enough time to enjoy your breakfast and coffee in beautiful Old Town Scottsdale.
 Morning: Learn about Arizona's early days and its capital city, Phoenix. Hear about the Five C's -- Cattle, Copper, Citrus, Cotton and Climate -- and how the state has been shaped by these industries. Our local historian will not only provide you with the historical framework for our exploration this week, but will also provide you with some tantalizing stories and tales you probably haven’t heard before.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Now that you've heard about Arizona and Phoenix’ beginnings, we'll get out and see it with a comprehensive city tour, allowing you to get your bearings. See the architecture and vibrancy of downtown Phoenix, the neighborhoods near Camelback Mountain and the beautiful Biltmore Hotel and Resort before returning to our hotel in Old Town Scottsdale. The Arizona Biltmore is the only existing luxury hotel with design elements from Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1929, the Biltmore was immediately crowned the “Jewel of the Desert” and has been a preferred resort for celebrities, heads of state, and business scions. While in the downtown area we’ll make a stop (time permitting) at the Arizona Capitol Museum, the former capitol building which served as the territorial capitol and was built to show that Arizona was ready to become a state, as it did in 1912. The museum houses the unique silver and copper punchbowl service from the USS Arizona, miraculously saved before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Tonight’s presentation will be on an aspect of Phoenix lore that few know about – Winnie Ruth Judd, the Trunk Murderess. Hold onto your seats for a spellbinding account of this medical secretary found guilty of murdering her friend Agnes Anne LeRoi in 1931.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Desert Botanical Garden/Heard Museum/ Critters of the Southwestern Deserts
(Tuesday, November 18)

Note: Some walking and standing. Most paths are paved in the Garden. Elevators available in the Museum.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. All breakfasts freshly prepared.
 Morning: One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 250,000 visitors each year.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Desert Botanical Garden on your own.
 Afternoon: The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. The museum's 11 spacious exhibition galleries and beautiful outdoor courtyards feature outstanding traditional and contemporary Native American art. Since its founding by Dwight and Maie Bartlett Heard in 1929 - as a small museum in a small Southwestern town - the Heard has grown in size and stature - to now being recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals. The Heard is a living museum - giving voice to a uniquely American people.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at the hotel in a private meeting room.
 Evening: Learn about the critters of the Southwest in this hands on presentation.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Phoenix Art Museum/Free Afternoon/Western Cookout
(Wednesday, November 19)

Note: Walking and standing.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. All breakfasts freshly prepared.
 Morning: Return to the hotel in time to enjoy a lunch on your own. Begin this day’s exploration of the arts with a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum. The museum is one of the largest art museums in the Southwest, and within its labyrinth of halls and galleries is a respectable collection that spans the major artistic movements from the Renaissance to the present. Exhibits cover decorative arts, historic fashions, Spanish-colonial furnishings and religious art, and, of course, works by members of the Cowboy Artists of America
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. You may utilize Scottsdale’s free trolley to access points in Old Town Scottsdale, the Arts District, Scottsdale Fashion Square and other nearby stops for lunch options.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free to explore Old Town Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Historical Museum (the Little Red School House), people watch or stroll on the Scottsdale Mall’s green space, visit SMOCA – the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, cross the Soleri Bridge along the waterfront, view the whimsical art work in the canal or just relax!
 Dinner: Depart in late afternoon for an evening bar-b-que cookout and a campfire under the stars amidst towering saguaro cacti, icon of the West. Don’t forget your jacket as desert nights will cool off quickly. Cowboy boots optional!
 Evening: Watch the sun set, the stars pop out and hear the campfire crackle. Then, maybe, sing a song or two with newfound friends under Western skies. Return to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Taliesin West/Musical Instrument Museum/Old Town Scottsdale & Art Walk
(Thursday, November 20)

Note: Walking and standing in museums; some stairs at Taliesin.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. All breakfasts freshly prepared.
 Morning: This morning we visit Taliesin West (pronounced TALLY EHSSEN), Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 and lived here until 1959. It is Located on 600 acres in the Sonoran Desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale. An expert on Wright and his works will assist in our exploration of this unique architectural wonder. Wright and his apprentices gathered rocks from the desert floor and sand from the washes to build this great desert masterpiece. From the beginning, this remarkable set of buildings astounded architectural critics with its beauty and unusual form. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the Musical Instrument Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience for music lovers of any stripe. Opened since 2010, the museum allows the visitor to hear music from around the world in galleries organized by continent and country. Every visitor receives a set of headphones with which to enjoy and learn about music from all genres. Among many instruments of note, the museum has on display the upright piano on which John Lennon wrote “Imagine”. Return to the hotel in late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own at any of the fun and delicious restaurant offerings in Old Town Scottsdale or along the trolley route or within walking distance. The trolley runs until 9:00 PM so you will have time to investigate and still catch a ride back to the hotel stop. N
 Evening: Stroll the many art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale during its weekly ArtWalk, just a short distance from the hotel or enjoy an evening on your own. This has been a Scottsdale tradition for more than 30 years! Wander in and out of galleries, see musicians and artists performing and creating their art on the street. And besides the great art, the ArtWalk is great for people watching.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Phoenix: Facing Challenges in the 21st Century/Program Wrap Up, Farewells and Hotel Check Out
(Friday, November 21)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant. All breakfasts freshly prepared.
 Morning: What does the future hold for the Valley of the Sun? Hear about the challenges facing this great southwestern city with an expert on regional water issues or urban planning. Program wrap up and farewells. Hotel check out by noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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


PHX: Phoenix 21st century city


Author: Booth-Clibborn, Edward


Description: After Berlin, Brooklyn, and Moscow, Phoenix is the ideal fourth city to be explored in Booth-Clibborn Editionss fascinating series about cities that are emerging creatively. Thanks to its majestic desert setting, appealing climate, and abundant economic opportunity, the Phoenix metropolitan area is the fastest growing in the U.S. Along with its population growth, the city has seen a flourishing of expressive arts of all kinds. Phoenix 21: Desert Metropolis captures the historic movement and youthful energy of the region as it evolves into a vibrant world-class metropolis with a unique character. 240pp



Phoenix Then and Now


Author: Scharbach, Paul and John H. Akers


Description: From the moment it became Arizona's capital in 1912, Phoenix has enjoyed steady population growth and commercial expansion. Today, Phoenix continues to expand, due to mass migration, and has the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. Phoenix Then and Now looks at the development of the city, with historical photographs placed side-by-side with contemporary views of the same locations revealing a vibrant city, benefiting from wave upon wave of Easterners seeking sunshine in a culturally rich, urban setting. Amazing pictorial history of Phoenix, and the surrounding areas, filled with archival photographs of key locations paired with specially commissioned photographs of the same scenes as they are today. See the Heard Building, used for the opening shot of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. One of Phoenix' first sky scrapers, the building is now used for stores and offices.



Arizona: A Panoramic History of a Frontier State


Author: Trimble, Marshall


Description: Written by Arizona's state historian, this book looks at the Indian tribes, the Spanish, and the Anglos who have played major roles in the history of Arizona and surveys the state's startling physical contrasts, unusual wildlife, industrial development, and politics. 404pp



A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert


Author: Patricia Wentworth Comus (Editor)


Description: "Once in a generation, a guide to understanding a major North American landscape comes along. This book is such a touchstone, sure to become a classic. The emphasis here is on biodiversity, mutualism, co-evolution, and, especially, ethno-relationships—the long history of connection between desert peoples and their homeland, on both sides of the border.



Explorer's Guide Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona & Central Arizona: A Great Destination


Author: Christine Bailey


Description: Imagine all the adventures you’ll have in Arizona— touring the mountains and red deserts, seeing one spectacular natural wonder after another: the Grand Canyon, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument...Discover the art galleries, museums, resorts, and cuisine that help make Phoenix and Scottsdale such hot destinations. Full-color photographs throughout.



The Southwest


Author: Lavender, David


Description: A historical and cultural overview, including discussions of present-day racial, conservation, and economic problems. Easy reading, fascinating history. 364pp



Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis


Author: Glennon, Robert


Description: In the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas casinos use billions of gallons of water for fountains, pirate lagoons, wave machines, and indoor canals. Meanwhile, the town of Orme, Tennessee, must truck in water from Alabama because it has literally run out. Robert Glennon captures the irony—and tragedy—of America’s water crisis in a book that is both frightening and wickedly comical. Unquenchable reveals the heady extravagances and everyday inefficiencies that are sucking the nation dry.





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