Train Tracks Across the Sierra: Sacramento to Reno and Return
Discover the rugged Sierra Nevada by train and enjoy expert-led excursions to museums, forts and historic sites as you learn the story behind the railroad’s remarkable impact.
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This was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the history of the American west. I enjoyed the opportunity to EXPERIENCE the American west, rather than just reading about it.


This program is for persons who like scenery (mountains & valleys), history (past & present), train travel (diesel & steam) & lots of good food.

Jo Ann

If you love to ride trains, go on the Train Treks Across the Sierra: Sacramento to Reno. You will see beautiful scenery as well as see parts of the old West, you may only heard about in history class.


We are from the Midwest and had never visited this area before. So, having an organized program that included the railroads (which my husband likes) as well as other historical interests (which we both liked) made for an interesting time. WE also appreciated not driving, especially to Virginia City. This interesting program is a great value for your money.


Great value for the cost! I learned a lot about the California gold rush and the Donner Party. The guides, docents and lecturers were great at immersing me in the history of those days. The trip could not have been better organized and the accommodations were outstanding. The closing dinner on the Delta King Riverboat was top-notch and a great way to end a fun and informative trip.


This was the first Road Scholar trip for my wife and me. We enjoyed the trip, the group leader, all the experiences, and the entire group we were with. We are already considering other Road Scholar trips for next year.


This was my "birthday" trip. The "event" got a nice nod from everyone. Thanks to our Group Leader for my first Road Scholar Passport and sticker! Enjoyed the leader, the learning experiences and the folks in our group - diverse backgrounds, home towns, and all fun and interesting. Hope the next group and trip are as wonderful!


What an awesome tour. Fantastic hotels and food. Frank was an incredible leader, everything was planned so perfectly. We stayed very busy and everywhere we went the time spent there was perfect. A great guide really makes the tour. Anyone who wants a great tour with a great guide, this is the tour for you. Great value for money. We had a couple of folks in our group with some medical problems and Frank made sure everyone was taken good care of and seemed to be happy to do it.5 stars


I lived in Sacramento for a time and even visited Reno, so wasn't expecting too much "new"; I booked the trip to coincide with visiting relatives before and after. This was my first Road Scholar experience. This trip broadened by knowledge and appreciation for the town, the community and its history. I was pleasantly surprised at what a good time I had with the group, the itinerary, the accommodations and one cannot forget the FOOD! I have already booked my next trip!


Fast paced activities that weave into a whole of the area we visited.


Great experience. I thought I knew a lot about the Donner Party, but this experience really added to my knowledge!


This program is involved with an interesting, enjoyable and important period of U.S. History that is easily overlooked.


I thoroughly enjoyed my Train Tracks Across the Sierra program. The participants were diverse, the accomadations were great and the meals were delicious. I can't believe all of the educational opportunities they packed into this week and by choosing the Lake Tahoe option I was blessed with even more magnificent scenery. Heartily recommend this trip. I felt very comfortable as a single woman on this trip and got out of my comfort zone.


If you love trains & you love history, this program is for you. It is fast paced, living out of a suitcase, but the scenery is spectacular, the docents excellent, and a lot of territory is covered in 5 days.


Enjoyed this trip content was great leader is a down to earth person. Great food ,and clean comfortable hotels.


I enjoyed the program very much. The hotel in Nevada will be as challenging to not get lost in as the building of our transcontinental railway. The history you will learn of this part of our history was very informative and the scenery beautiful. My group was a delightful mixture of folks that I had a wonderful week getting to know.


This is a great program for those who are interested in trains, in the history of the American west, and who enjoy beautiful scenery.


Great program, small group, congenial coordinator and participants, well organized, good food, fine hotels.


Every one of the Road Scholars trips seems to get better than the last.


This was our first Road Scholar trip and I signed up for another one before I even arrived back home. RS provides good value for the money. Our accommodations were excellent; the food was outstanding; our group leader was organized, resourceful and delightful. The programs and field trips exceeded expectations. Maybe we were just lucky, but the other participants were a joy to travel with.

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