1. Becoming a Student of Americana with Road Scholar

    While North American hot spots such as New York City, the Grand Canyon and Washington, D.C. get their share of visitors, other off the beaten path destinations in the U.S. can be a treasure trove for travelers looking for unique and enriching educational experiences. From riding old-time historic trains, to reaching the "top of America" in Colorado, to exploring the beauty of  Lake Michigan — the only Great Lake completely in the U.S — opportunities to experience American culture from its historic foundations to its influences today abound with Road Scholar.

    Lake Michigan coastline

    With the abundance of enticing international trips available to us, sometimes we forget the magic in our own back yard. But with the 4,000 learning adventures we offer throughout the U.S., you can become a student of Americana and learn how each region’s history has evolved, from the paths of settlement to the present day.

    Smoky Mountain Railroad

    These learning adventures draw on various aspects of culture, the local social scene, natural beauty or historical events that have made each destination unique unto itself but at the same time have added to the fabric of the American landscape. The roots of history can be seen in the faces of the residents, the architecture, each city’s food, arts and music culture. You can connect with the sense of place, while taking away new knowledge specific to that destination.

    Here are some exiting upcoming Road Scholar programs in the U.S.:

    Ride Colorado’s Historic Railroads


    Iconic Lake Michigan: From Door County and Mackinac Island to Traverse City


    On the Road: Erie Canal, Monument of Progress That Shaped a Nation


    Exploring Historic New England Coastal Towns


    The Great Smoky Mountain Railway: An Appalachian Adventure


    Keys and Everglades: Human and Natural History Outdoor Studies


    On the Road: Washington’s Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Park


    Check back on July 1st for JoAnn Bell’s next exciting edition of Boomer Travel Tips!

    -Your friends at Road Scholar

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