The Best of California: The Reagan Library to the Channel Islands

Experience it all on this comprehensive exploration of California. Savor great cuisine, explore National Parks, visit renowned museums and enjoy insightful lectures along the way!
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Outstanding variety of destinations, especially the Reagan Library and Getty Museum and Channel Islands trip.


The Best of California: The Reagan Library to the Channel Islands. A marvelous way to spend 6 days and learn about early California life with the Chumash Indians and Spanish padres, walk on an island that is being preserved, visit the variety of art to be seen at the Getty Center and to enjoy a presidential library where you can experience the Reagan years.


This program is so diverse it is perfect for two people with different interests. You will not be disappointed!! The learning experience is delightful.


This trip was my first RS experience and it exceeded my expectations. The trip was well-organized and the experts were engaging. The Tournament Of Roses parade was amazing! Our bleacher seats were great. I learned a bunch, made new friends, and came home happy. Thanks,RS!


What a marvelous trip! The Rose Bowl Parade was a once in a life time experience for me, a life long East Coast resident. Checked that one off my bucket list! The Reagan Library was beautiful, such a pretty location and what a treasure trove of memorabilia. It was also impressive how the staff dealt with the change of plans due to rough seas on our Channel Islands day. Many of us were able to go to the Island later and visit the Getty Museum, a "must see" for visitors to Southern California.


If you like variety and have unique experiences on your "bucket list," this trip is for you! One day, you'll be learning about the Chumash and touring an original California mission. The next day, you'll be among the privileged few, hiking in serene isolation on one of the protected Channel Islands, with its endemic plants and miniature foxes (and perhaps sighting whales and dolphins). Another day, you'll be touring Air Force One at the Reagan Library. And then, best of all, a reserved bleacher at the Pasadena Rose Parade--there is nothing like experiencing this parade in person! One of the most varied tours we've experienced--something interesting and different every day.


Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders made our tour fun and memorable .


This is an excellent program for solo travelers interested in art, history and nature.


Great website very easy to use and understand.


This was an excellent trip! The sites were varied, well known, and well managed. Anyone who is interested in art, history, the environment and the outdoors, as well as California missions, should consider this!


stimulating variety of history, architecture, arts, and natural environment


This program has an extraordinary leader and experts!

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I really enjoyed the trip. The tour leader, Hidy, was just fantastic, very easy to get along with, very organized, and very helpful with questions and assistance. I would take another tour with her as the tour leader. Good job Hidy. I really enjoyed the sights that we visited, from Santa Barbara mission and courthouse, the Reagan Library, channel islands, and of course the rose bowl. Our bus drivers were helpful and courteous, the buses were on time and clean. I liked that our group was 22 people, allowing us to spread out comfortably on the buses. I realized that our hotel, Embassy Suites, had its challenges. They did they best to have rooms cleaned, but were unable to have enough housekeeping staff to timely clean the rooms. Fortunately, my roommate and I were not messy people and only required fresh towels and coffee each day. I also recognize that the meals were ok. I also enjoy the Embassy Suites made to order breakfast omelettes, and the boxed meals were really good. The dinners were ok, but tasted just like regular dinner, nothing special, which was a bit of a surprise for Embassy Suites name. I don't know what the hotel could have done better for the dinners, how to suggest improving, just say that I would eat there again. I would stay there again. Overall, the location on the beach, the clean and adequate features from nice breakfast and happy hour, and suite rooms make it worth the limitations. Hopefully by the next time a tour group stays at Embassy Suites, the hotel will be more prepared for customers and increased staff. Road Scholar tours should stay at Embassy Suites again.


Hildy did a great job with our tour group. She is so knowledgeable about the area. Very happy with itinerary for Rose Parade and California highlights.

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