Road Scholar

Experience Midwestern hospitality amidst world-famous medical center, the Mayo Clinic. Rated one of the top cities in America, Rochester is a convenient and unique city to visit in winter.

The comfortable, climate-controlled walking skyways and subways connect your hotel to Mayo Clinic, restaurants, bookstores, and cultural centers. Located 80 miles southeast of Twin Cities. Participants may fly directly to Rochester or fly to Minneapolis Airport and use the convenient shuttle (, at additional charge. Twin Cities residents may also use the shuttle service.

Accommodations: beautiful historic downtown hotel with private bath, pool, whirlpool, sauna and exercise room available. Handicap accessible. Walking tours up to one-half mile.


Rochester Community and Technical College offers 3-4 Road Scholars each year.  The main focus of these Road Scholars is What’s New in Medicine and The History of Mayo.  Commuter rates are available. If you have additional questions, please contact Chrisanne Pieper, Senior Programs Director, at

Lifelong Learning And Lifelong Friends
Road Scholars participants are curious, adventuresome and open to experiencing the world through learning and travel. When you participate in an Road Scholars program, not only will you expand your mind, but you will be in the company of other people who believe that learning is one of the best parts of life.

Instructors Who Inspire
Road Scholars instructors are both authorities on your topic or destination and lifelong learners themselves who are excited to answer your questions, hear your opinions and share in your experience. Even more, the learning that takes place is not imparted solely by lecturers and experts, but is a shared experience augmented to a major degree by our participants themselves.

Single Participants Love Our Programs
Road Scholars programs are renowned for being inclusive, warm and welcoming for single participants. With Road Scholars, traveling as a single doesn’t mean traveling alone. We can either match you with a roommate or, on most programs, you can choose to room on your own.

Think Outside the Tour
The educational focus and content of Road Scholars programs is what differentiates us from commercial travel tours. First and foremost, Road Scholars programs offer educational experiences in all their infinite varieties, answering the what's, the why's and the how-tos.

You Go Where Others Can’t
We’ve been offering educational experiences since 1975 and we’ve made connections with educators and other local “insiders” all around the world. Road Scholars has a special knack for showing you the world’s landmarks, natural wonders and myriad cultures in a way that just can’t be done on your own and in a much deeper experience than a commercial tour.



Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Celebrating 100 years!    1915-2015
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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