Road Scholar

What Is Road Scholar?

Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel, is America's first and the world's largest educational travel organization for adults 55 and over.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning

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.

Welcome to Road Scholar in Missouri!

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!

Experience the World Through Road Scholar

Here is just a sampling of some of SCC’s most popular Road Scholar programs:

Bicycling the Katy Trail: Rails to Trails Corridor Across Missouri

Bike along the Missouri River and through dense forest, prairies, rolling farmland and wetlands as you bike up to 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. Enjoy expert-led educational sessions on the fascinating history that surrounds this storied trail.


  • Bike along the scenic Katy Trail — often with the Missouri River on one side and bluffs on the other.
  • Learn about MKT Railroad history, the Missouri River and the journey of Lewis and Clark.
  • Visit three of Missouri's finest wineries and explore the culture of the midwest in towns along the trail.

Activity Particulars

Activity Level Moderately Challenging: For hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.

Bicycling 26-51 miles per day. Generally flat terrain.

Extensive walking, cycling, and physical exertion required due to the nature of the program. Must be able to cycle 26-51 miles per day and navigate stairs easily.

Mark Twain and the Mississippi River, Lewis and Clark and the Civil War

Mark Twain and The Mississippi River

Glimpse Mark Twain, the man, as well as the author. All-day field study to Hannibal, Mo., provides insight into Twain's childhood. Sense Twain's passion for the Mississippi, visit his boyhood home, and learn about his family and lifestyle.

Where Lewis and Clark Began: Historic St. Charles

St. Charles, Missouri, served as the final embarkation point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. At noon on May 14, 1804, the exploration began from this historic site. Come and explore this great journey West at the point from which it all began.

Civil War: Return to The Drama Of 1860s

Located at the confluence of mighty rivers, St. Louis was a 'hotbed' of activity for both sides during the Civil War. Take an in-depth look at the Dred Scott case, regional Civil War history, and local tales. Field study to Grant's home. Accessing some significant sites may include walking up to 1-2 miles, with rests, and climbing stairs.

Activity Particulars

Activity Level Moderate: These programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.

Some stairs and walking 1-2 miles daily. A minimum of 1-2 miles per day of walking will be required. You will encounter stairs at some point during your visit. Standing will occur while visiting historic locations. Plan on boarding and un-boarding a bus several times each day.

Signature City St. Louis

Journey to the heart of America for a comprehensive exploration of the “Gateway City.” Explore the city’s greatest landmarks, glimpse history at Forest Park, site of the 1904 World’s Fair, and visit the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and its world-famous team of Clydesdale horses. Explore the three main ethnic regions of St. Louis and experience the beauty of the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden.


  • Get the inside stories of great city icons, including the Gateway Arch, St. Louis Cathedral and Missouri’s Botanical Gardens.
  • Explore the Irish, Italian and German neighborhoods of St. Louis, learn about the rich heritage and dine on traditional cuisine.
  • Go back in time at Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World's Fair. Visit the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, and History Museum.

Activity Particulars

Activity Level Active: For people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail. Walking up to two miles over smooth surfaces, standing up to one hour. A minimum of 1-3 miles per day of walking will be required. You will encounter stairs at some point during your visit. Standing will occur while visiting historic locations. Plan on boarding and un-boarding a bus several times each day.

2016 Schedule

Bicycling the Katy Trail
May 14-21
June 4-11
Sept. 17-24
Oct. 1-8
Oct. 22-29

Signature City St. Louis
May 1-6
Sept. 11-16
Nov. 6-11

Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain and the Civil War
April 24-29

Mighty Waters and Quaint River Towns on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers
May 22-28

Intergenerational Robotics, Space Exploration and Discovery in St. Louis
June 12-18
July 17-23
July 31-Aug. 6

What Our Road Scholar Participants Are Saying

"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."


Pricing and Registration


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SCC Information

Tina Sieker