Proposed New Programs? Suggestions?

I'm a veteran of 25 plus Road Scholar Programs -- all of which I have enjoyed (some more so than others).  My recommendation is a forum for participants  to suggest possible new programs to be offered by Road Scholar.  On my last program (In the Footsteps of Lewis & Clark from Missouri to Oregon), several of us discussed possible programs that it would be great if Road Scholar would consider.  Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a mechanism to communicate this to Road Scholar -- hence, this topic in the discussion forum.  

Several of  us on my last program were kicking around ideas for new programs.  The one that most of us thought would be excellent would be one focused on Historic Route 66.  A couple of others that I would like to see offered are:

1) offerings focused on the state of Oklahoma (there is an excellent program that I did a couple of years ago focused on Essential Arkansas) -- it would be great if there were similar offerings for some of the other less well-known states - Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, etc..

2)  more offerings on the US presidents - I've completed the program in Ohio and Virginia focused on the Presidents.  It would be great if there was a program focused on the New England presidents (the two Adams, JFK in Boston, Coolidge in Vermont and Pierce in New Hampshire) or other presidents.

3) the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

4) other less known / popular national parks

Fellow scholars, what would you like to suggest to Road Scholar to consider for future offerings?  Please chime in.  Also, it would be greatt if Road Scholar developed a discussion group to offer suggestions for new programs, modifications to existing programs, etc.

Comments? Ideas?

  • Someone suggested Nebraska. I second that. Would also like to travel to some places without light pollution to see the Milky Way in ways that I have only seen in pictures before. Preferably at sea level or low altitude locations.
  • In reply to zen012501:

    I would also be interested in a series of concerts in the spaces they were written for: Mozart in Salzberg, Corelli in Venice et al.
  • One of my life's ambitions is to walk the length of Hadrian's Wall.
  • In reply to saltcrk121300:

    I went to Bryce Canyon ranger program at night and have seen so many stars that you can't find a constellation in the sky there are so many. www.nps.gov/.../astronomyprograms.htm They have major scopes set up to see star clusters. I live in area with high light pollution where when my father grew up in same place he saw the Northern Lights. Albeit he is going to be 99 in a few days but it still blows my mind.

    I also think Big Bend is another place in USA with very little light pollution. I was there last a few years ago and the night sky was amazing. I do believe it was first time I saw the Milky Way so clearly. An awesome RS trip. If dates align, San Antonio and then trip to Big Bend a great combo.
  • In reply to CT_PBW:

    According to Wikipedia, Bryce Canyon elevation is between 8000 and 9000 feet. Big Bend between 1800 and 7832 feet elevation. I was serious about looking for a travel destination without light pollution at, or near, sea level. I cannot travel to high elevations for medical reasons.
  • In reply to saltcrk121300:

    So sorry misunderstood, was giving best USA location I have been to.
  • I would like to see a walking trip or outdoor trip which I could bring my dog along.

    She is sweet and gentle and I hate to leave her behind.
  • In a couple of years, I want to take my grandsons on a Covered Wagon trip; so I'd love to see Road Scholar add that to their list of Grandparent trips.
  • In reply to cecasteel071140:

    That would be great. Dogs are good people. :)
  • In reply to cbbezik010519:

    Thank you for your feedback,cbbezik010519. We want to reassure you that we regularly monitor these boards and offer assistance as participants request it. Even when our team’s input may not be directly required, we monitor all threads and discuss the ideas and recommendations that our community shares, which helps us to improve experiences with our programs and the website.

    All the best,
    Road Scholar
  • In reply to Road Scholar:

    Since you are monitoring these boards, it would be nice if RS could offer the occasional comment regarding some ideas being discussed in the boardroom about new trips that might be offered. Without some feedback, to me it feels as if I'm addressing "the Cloud".
    That being said, I realize you can't please all the people all the time. :-)

  • I'd love to visit all of the California missions, up and down the coast. Quaint towns to stop and roam around in.
    I'd also love a trip to Washington museums. I went for the women's march. We stayed a few days after and were able to go into a couple of the museum's, a theatre production, and a night tour. There is so much to do there. I didn't know I'd love it so much. I want to go back. !!
  • In reply to roeann12020209:

    To saltcrk121300 You might want to consider Northern Yucatán, but inland from the coast, which is an un-interrupted chain of hotels from Cancún to south of Tulum and dreadfully light-polluted. Oxkutzcab is remote enough that you'll easily see the Milky Way. The Maya called the Milky Way 'The Sacbe (white road) In The Sky'.
  • Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney PA. Would be a great group trip.