Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel, is America's first and the world's largest educational travel organization for adults 55 and over.
We are a not-for-profit organization that provides exceptional learning adventures to nearly 160,000 older adults each year. Road Scholar offers nearly 8,000 programs a year in more than 90 countries.
We believe learning is a lifelong pursuit that opens minds and enriches lives. We believe sharing new ideas, challenges and experiences is rewarding in every season of life. Our participants come from every walk of life to learn together, to exchange ideas and to explore the world.
SCC implemented the first Road Scholar program in 1992. Since then, Road Scholar has become one of the largest programs within the Continuing Education Department. Starting with only a few offerings in the first years, SCC provides one of the largest Road Scholar programs in Missouri, offering more than 20 programs annually. Resources for our trips. Know before you go!
Here is just a sampling of some of SCC’s most popular Road Scholar programs:
Journey to the heart of America for a comprehensive exploration of the “Gateway City.” Learn the fact and fiction of the city’s greatest landmarks, and glimpse history at Forest Park, site of the 1904 World’s Fair. Venture into ethnic neighborhoods to dine on Irish, Italian and German foods, and explore the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and meet its world-famous team of Clydesdale horses. Get the inside stories of great city icons, including the Gateway Arch, St. Louis Cathedral and Missouri’s Botanical Gardens. Take field trips into ethnic neighborhoods to appreciate their rich heritage and dine on traditional cuisine. Cruise the Mississippi on a paddlewheel boat to absorb St. Louis's rich history.
Glimpse Mark Twain, the man, as well as the author. All-day field study to Hannibal, Mo., provides insight into the geographic region. Sense Twain's passion for the Mississippi, visit his boyhood home, and learn about his family and lifestyle.
Bike along the Missouri River and through dense forest, prairies, rolling farmland and wetlands as you cover 188 miles of the 240-mile Katy Trail, America's longest “rails-to-trails” project. A protected state park, the Katy Trail follows 240 miles of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad Corridor from St. Charles to Clinton.
"Our leader was always upbeat and friendly! Food was excellent. I’ve been to St. Louis at least 30 times but never really knew St. Louis until now – excellent. Enjoyed riding the Metro Link. The Drury Hotel was outstanding!! The staff were extraordinary nice/friendly/accommodating. The facility was in excellent shape. I would recommend this for everyone. Great job on this (Elderhostel) Road Scholar – will recommend it to others for sure!”
"I admire the scope of the program, making the most of the historical treasures and unique character of St. Louis. You have chosen well, locals who are knowledgeable and passionate about their home. St. Charles (Community College) staff is super organized, responsible, thoughtful and friendly. “