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, or follow the links below for specific programs.

Road Scholar Programs

2019 Programs

Click here to view all of IGC’s Road Scholar programs or click the program titles below for information about specific programs.

The Great Smoky Mountains Through the 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

Discovering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May 5-10 & Sept. 8-13, 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

June 3-6, 2019 | Program #23035

NEW! Exploring the Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains

October 6-11, 2019 | Program #23501

Ballads, Dances and Crafts

July 19-22, 2019 | Program #15162

Scottish and Cherokee Heritage and Music in Appalachia

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

Hiking Programs
Nature Hiking in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

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

NEW! Switchbacks and Summits: Hiking & Nature in North Carolina

October 20-25, 2019 | Program #23435 | Highlands, NC