Road Scholar Reveals Its Top 10 Learning Destinations for 2024: #5

Welcome to our list of favorite learning destinations for 2024, which are home to historic sites, natural marvels and cultural centers. Tune in for the rest of December as we count down these top ten locations until we get to #1: our Campus of the Year for 2024!

Rock formations in the light of the setting sun

#10. Sedona

Nestled in the center of Arizona near Flagstaff lies Sedona, the perfect place to learn about natural and cultural history surrounded by colorful landscapes. Its rich scenery lends itself well to those learning about golf, holistic healing and iconic landmarks like the Grand Canyon. Enthusiasts of wildlife watching, active outdoor adventures and art will love learning in Sedona!

See Road Scholar’s learning adventures in the Southwest.

A medieval town on a hill surrounded by the ocean in France

#9. France

Learning — C’est magnifique! From Provence to Paris to Normandy and beyond, opportunities for learning in France stretch all across the country. France’s medieval history allows learners to immerse themselves in the country’s past through walks among castles and cobblestones, while artists inspired by its landscapes like Monet and Van Gogh left works for museum visitors to experience. Prepare to say “Bonjour” to discovering more in France’s engaging cities and magical countryside.

See Road Scholar’s learning adventures in France.

A sign reading Jekyll Island surrounded by ocean water and lush plants

#8. Jekyll Island

Years ago, Jekyll Island served as a resort for millionaires and political elite. Today, that exclusivity is gone, but the beautiful beach scenery, fascinating history and engaging learning opportunities remain. Among these opportunities lie learning adventures centered around topics such as bridge, jazz and more at the Victorian-style Jekyll Island Club.

See Road Scholar’s learning adventures on Jekyll Island.

A colorful courtyard with lush plants and a reflective pool in Spain

#7. Spain

World-renowned museums, exciting cities and storied pathways like the Camino De Santiago — Spain is the perfect place to learn about a myriad of topics! Admire bold architecture and the work of artists like Gaudí and Picasso in Barcelona and Madrid, or take your learning on the road as you walk Spain’s “caminos,” routes that stretch across the country that are dotted with monuments of medieval Europe. All along the way, discover elements of Spanish culture such as the Flamenco, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and mouthwatering tapas.

See Road Scholar’s learning adventures in Spain.

A view of a Mexico City square with designs covering the ground

#6. Mexico

Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, rises from the ruins of Aztec structures, blending the historic and the modern. This combination can be witnessed across the country as well, with cities and villages highlighting indigenous and Spanish influences through cobblestone streets, cathedrals and temples. Outside of city limits lies more to discover, including impressive canyons and Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, where gray whales migrate and give birth. Whether Mexico’s architecture, history, wildlife or cuisine inspires you, you’ll discover plenty to learn about here!

See Road Scholar’s learning adventures in Mexico.

A view of Mount Rushmore looking up at it from below

#5. Mount Rushmore

When you think of Mount Rushmore, your mind might automatically go to the impressive presidential faces carved from stone. But this region of South Dakota is home to much more as well — it is also a place to explore Native American culture and natural wonders. Visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial and much more on a learning adventure in western South Dakota!

See Road Scholar’s learning adventures including Mount Rushmore.