Driving approximately 26 miles; about 1 hour total, with stops for field trips. Walking up to 2 miles total throughout the day in museum and on resort grounds. Ramps, elevators and paved pathways.
Happy New Year! We'll have a later start this morning to recover from our evening celebration and allow time for an independent walk, watching the parade on TV or just sleeping in. After boarding our transportation, we’ll head to the internationally acclaimed Heard Museum where a docent will introduce us to the many exhibits followed by time to explore independently. The Heard 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. A living museum giving voice to truly American people, the Heard is now recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, educational programming, and festivals.
Enjoy a boxed lunch on the beautiful Heard Museum grounds.
Continue to explore the Heard's exhibits on your own Before returning to Scottsdale, we will take time to explore the Arizona Biltmore, designed by Albert Chase McArthur, a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright who served as consulting architect on the project. Opened 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. After a brief introduction to the Biltmore by our Group Leader, we will have the opportunity to explore the grounds on our own. Return to the hotel by motorcoach in late afternoon.
Board the motorcoach in early evening or choose to walk to the dining venue. At one of Scottsdale’s historic Mexican restaurants, we'll celebrate the New Year and our farewell dinner. We’ll choose plated meals from a select menu. Coffee, iced tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
After returning to the hotel by motorcoach or on foot, we’ll reconvene for a brief program wrap-up and farewells, wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.