Thanksgiving is the Perfect Time for Families to Plan an Educational Travel Adventure With Road Scholar

BOSTON, Nov. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For many grandchildren, their only memories of their grandparents are those around the holiday table. After all, in today's world, there aren't many occasions when the generations come together. Road Scholar, the not-for-profit world leader in educational travel, offers another way for grandparents and grandchildren to create new memories together — through its Intergenerational and Family educational travel adventures.

Some extended families are lucky enough to live near one another, others only get to see each other during holidays or summer vacations. Road Scholar offers all families dozens of opportunities to come together to share the joy of educational travel. Whether your family is interested in visiting and learning about historic towns or hiking and learning about the Grand Canyon, Road Scholar has an adventure to fulfill the wishes of grandparents and grandchildren alike. For grandparents with older grandchildren, Road Scholar has introduced a new kind of learning adventures to share with grandchildren 18-24 years old called Summer Session Adventures.

"Grandparents who have enrolled in our Intergenerational programs have told us that the best time to discuss family travel plans with their children and grandchildren is over the Thanksgiving holiday," said JoAnn Bell, senior vice president of programs for Road Scholar. "For many grandparents, the holidays are the best time of year to spend time with their grandchildren, and many use that time to finalize plans for a summertime educational adventure with Road Scholar. These new Intergenerational programs for college-age grandchildren give both generations the opportunity to continue learning together, through all stages of a grandchild's life. Many Road Scholar grandparents started sharing Intergenerational adventures when their grandchildren were just 8 or 9 years old!"

A few of the most popular Intergenerational programs include:

The Grand Canyon with Your Family: Riding, Rafting and Roughing It

Create memories you'll never forget as you and your family discover the awesome Grand Canyon! At this world wonder, hike canyon trails, watch for California condors and explore canyon geology. Journey through the Navajo Reservation, raft the Colorado River and visit prehistoric cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument. Cap your adventure with a horseback trail ride or wagon ride in our magnificent ponderosa pine forests.

Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and the Badlands: Expanding Horizons

Enjoy the fun of shared time as you explore Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park and the beautiful Black Hills. Saddle up for a Western trail ride and discover ancient fossils and lunar-like deposits in the Badlands. Share stories around an open fire while you learn, laugh and create memories with your multi-generational family.

A Family Adventure in Magical Oxford: From the Narnia Chronicles to Harry Potter

Embrace the magical worlds of Narnia, Alice's Wonderland, Middle Earth and Harry Potter's Hogwarts on a journey with your family to enchanted Oxford. Explore locales and meet characters made famous by some of the world's most creative and intriguing authors — Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roald Dahl and Philip Pullman.

Adventures Afloat: - Glaciers, Geysers, Volcanoes & Elves: An Epic Family Voyage Around Iceland
Iceland is a real-life fantasyland of towering waterfalls, bobbing icebergs, steaming lava beds and turquoise thermal pools. Share a voyage around this island country with your family. Experience incredible natural environments by land and sea, encounter whales, dolphins and birds, interact with the residents of remote villages and learn stories of Vikings and elves. Begin with two nights in Reykjavik then sail clockwise around the island, ultimately returning to the capital.

To learn more about all of Road Scholar's Intergenerational and Family programs, please visit or To learn more about the new Summer Session Adventures for grandparents and grandchildren age 18-24, please contact Road Scholar at (877) 426-8056. Additional information on these exciting new learning adventures will be available in 2015.

About Road Scholar

Not-for-profit Road Scholar's mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Since inception, more than 5 million people have enrolled in our 5,500 iconic educational adventures offered annually in 50 states and 150 countries around the world.

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CONTACT: Stacie Fasola (617) 457-5418 Despina Gakopoulos (617) 457-5502 newsmedia@roadscholar.orgSource: Road Scholar