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July 2015

The Perfect Trip with the Perfect People July 2015
Have you ever imagined an unforgettable escape just for you and your favorite group of people? Make 2016 the year it happens! Now is the time to take your pick from our 2016 departure dates—grab the vacation of your dreams while you still can!

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Don't Miss Out—Trips Just for Solos are Departing Soon! July 2015
Don't put off planning your next adventure. We have an amazing lineup of trips just for solo travelers—and they're departing soon!

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New Blog Post: Back To My Tuscan Roots July 2015
"We always think of traveling as a way to discover the world and to learn about different cultures. For me, traveling is also about returning to my roots and rediscovering who I am." Backroads leader Tomasso Spinelli takes us back to his roots through an entertaining culinary adventure...

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New Blog Post: How to Stay Fueled July 2015
You may not know this, but Backroads leaders compete with each other to create the best snack table possible: designing the tallest display of fresh fruit, finding the most interesting energy bars, diversifying the trail mix selection and keeping the peanut butter M&Ms stocked at all times.

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June 2015

California Escapes! Wine, Sunshine and Good Times June 2015
California. It has a magnetic pull. Maybe it's the waves of the Pacific crashing against rugged cliffs. Or sun-drenched vineyards blanketing a valley that for all the world looks like Tuscany.

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Iconic East Coast in the Fall: This Is Your Chance! June 2015
You've heard about fall on the East Coast. Crisp weather. Hot cider and mulled wine. And the legendary dazzling colors. Now is the time to bear witness to this iconic meeting of time and place. Come see what autumn is all about.

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Summer Vacation: There’s Still Time! June 2015
Don’t let summer slip away without treating your family to an unforgettable adventure! We still have a few spots left on our favorite family escapes. Book your escape before it’s too late!

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New Blog Post: The Makings of a Great Swiss Hike June 2015
There's nothing quite like hiking in the Swiss Alps. So what makes for a great Swiss hike? Trip Leader Kelly Perce reveals why the Alps speak to her soul.

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Asia Calls: Book Your Exotic Adventure Now June 2015
Biking an uncharted oxcart path among lush rice paddies and garlic fields in Thailand. Exploring India’s dramatic Thar Desert on camelback. Hiking to Bhutan’s famed Tiger's Nest temple, clinging to the side of a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. An adventure in Asia is one that you'll never forget.

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Europe in the Fall: Don't Miss Out! June 2015
We still have space available on a host of European journeys but they're going fast! You could be looking forward to discovering idyllic hilltop towns in Tuscany, island-hopping along the sun-drenched Dalmatian Coast or pedaling past centuries-old churches and famous vineyards in Bordeaux.

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Summer Vacation: It’s Not Too Late! June 2015
It’s not too late to book an unforgettable family getaway! Turn the heat up with an epic outdoor adventure in Yellowstone, a leisurely spin through the Loire Valley’s elegant gardens or a wildlife-watching cruise through the San Juan Islands. You can’t go wrong with a Backroads family adventure this summer.

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Got Older Teens and 20-Somethings? Break Away with Backroads! June 2015
Now is the time to plan a family getaway with your older teens and 20-somethings! Whether it’s a tropical tour of Costa Rica, a memorable journey from Barcelona to the Mediterranean or an epic adventure in Ecuador, a Backroads Family Breakaway trip is the perfect way to get your gang back together.

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New Blog Post: Tour de Red Nose with Matt Lauer June 2015
Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty. To support the cause, NBC's The Today Show co-anchor Matt Lauer decided to embark on a "Tour de Red Nose" bike ride from Boston to New York City, raising money along the way. The show's producers asked Backroads to help by planning the route, riding alongside Matt and supporting the navigation of the entire crew. We couldn't say no!

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New Blog Post: A Guide to Italian Coffee June 2015
You might think of coffee as just a hot beverage you drink from a paper cup in the car on the way to work. But in Italy, coffee is not simply a drink, it's a key aspect of the culture. It's a social event and a tradition that Italians proudly preserve. Here are some helpful tips on what—and when—to order.

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May 2015

Heat up Your December on an Island Getaway! May 2015
This December, take the chill off with a sunny island getaway! From Hawaii's dramatic black-sand beaches to New Zealand's secret valleys and the giant sand dunes and pleasant temperatures of Spain's Canary Islands, we have the perfect trip to warm up your winter.

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Fall in Europe—There's Still Time to Book Your Escape May 2015
It's not too late to book an exciting getaway this fall! We still have space available on a host of journeys in Spain, Italy or France and beyond—but they’re going fast! Book your autumn adventure now.

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Ecuador and New Zealand, In the Middle of a Family Adventure May 2015
Whether you venture to Earth's middle for an escapade in Ecuador or journey through New Zealand to witness the inspiration for Tolkien's Middle-earth, there's nothing middle-of-the-road about these epic family adventures.

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World Guide Awards: Kelsey Tonner May 2015
Our very own leader Kelsey Tonner has made the short list for the Wanderlust World Guide Award, the only global award for tour leaders and guides. Wanderlust is a British travel magazine that focuses on intelligent and inspirational travel, and Kelsey helps provide just that.

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Ecuador, Peru and Argentina & Brazil for Summer & Fall May 2015
What's on your must-do list? Standing above jaw-dropping Machu Picchu, with wispy white clouds floating by and the jagged Andes in the background? Summer and fall are the perfect time to journey to Ecuador, Peru or Argentina & Brazil.

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Book Your December Holiday Adventure before Summer Starts! May 2015
We have an amazing lineup of winter adventures—from ice-trekking in Argentina's jaw-dropping Patagonia region to biking an ever-changing panorama of scenery in Spain's Canary Islands. But they won't last long—book before summer gets underway.

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France, Spain & Italy: Will it Be Oui or Si This Summer? May 2015
This summer, say YES to a family vacation in Europe! Whether biking from vibrant Barcelona to the sun-drenched beaches of the Costa Brava, soaking up the Tuscan sun or spinning along fertile fields in France's Loire Valley, you can't go wrong on a Backroads family vacation in Europe!

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This Summer: Fairy-Tale Castles, Gushing Geysers or Starlit Skies? May 2015
Where will your family be this summer? Pedaling peaceful roads and watching history come to life in the Loire Valley? Watching bison graze where the West is still wild in Yellowstone? Or swapping stories by a roaring fire on a luxurious deluxe family camping trip? All you have to do is choose!

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New Blog Post: Master Mike Murphy: An Irish Gem May 2015
Before I arrived in the little town of Kenmare, Backroads' home base in southwestern Ireland, I began to hear stories of one particularly engaging Irishman called Master Mike Murphy—a singing, storytelling Irish gem.

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April 2015

Italy Escapes Just For You! April 2015
From pastel-colored villas clinging to steep cliffs in Positano to Renaissance architecture to the majestic beauty of the Julian Alps, we know Italy like no one else. Let us take you on an insider's journey into one of our favorite places.

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See Spain Six Ways This Fall! April 2015
With mild weather and low-season crowds, fall is the perfect time to get away to Spain. From flamboyant Sevilla to centuries-old villages on Mallorca to Costa Brava's white-sand Mediterranean beaches, there's something for every taste.

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Alaska: Go North for Summer Adventure April 2015
Dramatic snowcapped peaks. Endless fields of wildflowers. And the chance to spot amazing wildlife. From hiking the remote wilderness of dramatic Kachemak Bay State Park to biking past glaciers and woods in the rugged Copper River Valley, Alaska offers unlimited opportunities for adventure.

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Croatia's Dalmatian Coast: Your Mediterranean Family Escape April 2015
Croatia's reborn Dalmatian Coast is the perfect place to explore by bike, on foot and in a kayak. Beauty that rivals the French Riviera is yours to enjoy with none of the crowds. Pack your swimsuits and get ready for a trip you and your family will never forget.

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The Rocky Mountains: Alpine Beauty, Cowboy Culture & Family Fun April 2015
A 3,000-mile spine of magnificent peaks, massive ice fields, pristine mountain lakes and broad valleys, the Rocky Mountains never cease to inspire. Tackle white-water rapids on the Athabasca River, see Yellowstone's iconic geysers, spot bald eagles in Glacier National Park on a family adventure in the Rockies.

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Escape To The Tropics This Summer April 2015
If the dry summer heat has you longing for lusher landscapes, then look no further than Costa Rica or Hawaii. Pack your bathing suit and get ready to kayak across crystalline waters, spot stunning tropical wildlife and relax on spectacular beaches!

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Loire and Provence: Explore France's Classic Regions April 2015
Whether you're pedaling past Provence's rolling hills and rustic villages or reveling in the Loire Valley's manicured gardens and majestic châteaux, there's no mistaking these quintessentially French regions.

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Czech It Out: It's AU-some! April 2015
Dive into the pages of a Bohemian storybook adventure. Complete with medieval castles, sword fighting, Schuhplattler dancers and goulash, our captivating journey from Prague to Austria is an adventure your family will never forget!

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France's Loire Valley: Family Fun, Castles and Countryside April 2015
This summer see France's Loire Valley at its fun-loving, family-friendly best! There's easygoing biking through an idyllic landscape of grapevines, fruit trees, fields and rivers. Looking for an adventure with your older teens and 20-somethings? Check out our Family Breakaway Trips.

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March 2015

Croatia’s Best-Kept Secret March 2015
Sapphire waters to your left. Centuries-old cobblestones beneath your feet. Sun-drenched islands on the horizon. Croatia's Dalmatian Coast is a little-known treasure with all the dazzle of the French Riviera and none of the crowds.

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Trips for Singles Departing Soon! You In? March 2015
Ready to get away? Check out our amazing lineup of trips just for single and solo travelers departing soon! You could be packing your bags for an adventure along with a fun group of like-minded explorers.

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Crater Lake and More March 2015
From Oregon's summer sunshine to western Canada's pristine coastline, the Pacific Northwest is a playground for outdoors enthusiasts of all ages.

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Singles-Solos: Find Your Fellow Travelers March 2015
Like us on Facebook and connect with thousands of like-minded adventure-seekers! You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest Backroads news and check out our Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube channel for tons of travel inspiration!

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February 2015

Discover Santa Barbara & Ojai Valley February 2015
Our new Santa Barbara & Ojai Valley Biking Trip pairs the best of biking with the best of everything else. California sun. A foodie's paradise. Sand, wine and all that Santa Barbara can offer.

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Singles-Solos Departing Now! February 2015
Spring is just around the corner and Backroads has a host of exciting getaways just for Single and Solo travelers departing now! All you have to do is pack!

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Warm Up This Winter! February 2015
If bundling up and shoveling snow have got you yearning for sunshine and sandy beaches, now is the time to cure your winter woes with a Backroads getaway!

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Singles-Solos Camping! February 2015
Imagine waking up to the smell of coffee and fueling up on a freshly made frittata with a group of like-minded travelers. Now imagine that all the camp chores, cooking and logistics are taken care of, so you're free to enjoy the day. This is camping Backroads-style.

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Discover Holland & Belgium February 2015
Two Captivating Countries in one amazing trip! All that's missing is you or your family. Discover a welcoming bike culture, the charm of the pastoral Dutch countryside and the romantic beauty of Bruges.

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Book Your 2015 Private Getaway! February 2015
It's not too late to gather your group for an amazing adventure together in 2015! We still have departures to more than 90 incredible destinations available for your private getaway—but these popular trips are getting snapped up fast!

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Gear Up for the Ride of Your Life! February 2015
Our Spring Training Bike Tours feature longer routes crafted to maximize base miles for riders who want a bigger challenge—plus the awe-inspiring sights, amazing accommodations and unrivaled support that you've come to expect from Backroads.

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