Road Scholar photos

CIE’s Road Scholar program shares photos and stories


Since its inception in 1975, Elderhostel has been one of America’s foremost education and travel organization, providing adult learners with opportunities to travel while learning about history, nature, music, art and much more. Earlier this year, the national Elderhostel organization changed its name to Exploritas, and then renamed it again to Road Scholar in effort to reflect a more upscale service and to open up the organization to a broader age range for members. The age limitations used be for adults over 55, now Road Scholar programs are available to anyone over the age of 21.

Recently, CIE’s Road Scholar took trips to Cleveland and to the Kentucky Derby in Lexington. Below is a photo gallery from these trips.

Road Scholar has come to represent more than just an education or travel program for its participants—it represents a new chapter in their lives. It’s a second home with new friends and new experiences. Members Ruth and Joe Sturgess offer an account of their own experiences with Road Scholar (which they refer to as Elderhostel/Exploritas):

“During the late 1980’s and early 1990s we became interested in Elderhostel, but didn’t register for any programs because we heard accommodations were mainly offered on college grounds. In 1995, we read about a program in Kentucky where you stayed in a motel and meals were local in Lexington. Being horse lovers we decided to give it a try. I have to admit it was more than we expected. Since 1995, we have attended at least one program a year and some years two. Our most recent trips were the 2009 ‘Kansas City Here I Come’ and 2010 ‘Cleveland Icons.’ We highly recommend these programs. The following are the reasons we like Elderhostel/Exploritas and will continue to take advantage of their programs:

  • Education: Lectures and guided tours explaining the history of a specific time and place by highly qualified people.
  • Sightseeing: Tour of famous places such as museums, President’s homes and libraries, opera houses, jazz centers, to mention only a few.
  • Cost: Elderhostel/Explortas has made it possible to take part in its organization by making (and keeping) programs affordable.

We have had nothing but good experiences and recommend Elderhostel/Exploritas highly to our friends.”

Learn more about Road Scholar and its wealth of exciting programs on the CIE Road Scholar (Exploritas) Web site.

Click on any of the images below to be open a photo gallery from Road Scholar.

Road Scholar members Joe and Ruth Sturgess

Members explore the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

St. Theodosius Orthodox Cathedral

Garfield Monument in Lake View Cemetery

Ruth Sturgess, Joe Sturgess, Monica Sasscer, and Harvey Wynn

Sculpture depicting musicians at the American Jazz Museum

Churchill Downs

Exercise riders at Keeneland, Kentucky

Horses being walked


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