Road Scholar is the name for the programs developed and offered by Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. Our mission is to empower adults to explore the world’s places, people, cultures and ideas, and in doing so learn more about themselves. A fellowship of learning and the joy of discovery are the hallmarks of the Road Scholar experience.

Road Scholar offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.

For information about Road Scholar programs offered by the Intentional Growth Center, email Amy Ney, Road Scholar Program Coordinator, or call 800-482-1442, ext 384. To get access to full program descriptions and to register, contact the National Road Scholar Office at 1-877-426-8056 or online at roadscholar.org, or follow the links below for specific programs.

Road Scholar Programs


2019 Programs

2019 brochure coming soon!

Click here to view all of IGC’s Road Scholar programs.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Through a Photographer’s Lens

April 21-26, May 12-17, Sept. 8-13 & Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2019 | Program #22927


The Women of Appalachia: Traditions, Stories and Song

April 21-26 & Oct. 6-11, 2019 | Program #22829


Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A National Treasure

May 5-10, May 19-24, Sept. 8-13 & Oct. 13-18, 2019 | Program #20552


A Wildflower Quest in the Mountains of Western North Carolina

May 5-10 & September 15-20, 2019 | Program #23036


Baseball, BBQ and Beer in the Blue Ridge Mountains

May 19-24, 2019 | Program #23035


Making Memories: A Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountain Expedition with Your Grandchild

July 15-19 & July 29-August 2, 2019 | Program #21361


Ballads, Dances and Crafts

July 19-22, 2019 | Program #15162


Cherokee Culture in the Great Smoky  Mountains: Oral Traditions and Performing Arts 

July 19-22, 2019 | Program #16415


Celtic and Cherokee Heritage and Music in Appalachia

July 29-August 2 & October 13-18, 2019 | Program #21338


Hiking Programs
Hiking the Highlands: Bartram’s Trail

April 28-May 3 & October 20-25, 2019 | Program #23435 | Highlands, NC

Nature Hiking in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

May 5-10, May 19-24, June 2-7, June 23-28, July 21-26, September 8-13, October 6-11 & October 13-18, 2019 | Program #17288 | Hinton, NC