Backroads in the News: Media Mentions of Note

Backroads is regularly featured in local and national publications. Here are some of our favorite articles:

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USA Today, December 2014
Singles Vacations in the Bay Area

"Join a small group for a six-day walking tour through glorious wine country in Napa and Sonoma valleys. Backroads, a Berkeley-based California active tour operator, has singles-solos departures every week using premier wine country hotels..."

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The Telegraph Platinum, November 2014
Time to Pack Your Bags and Yield to the Gypsy Within

"Up for some fancy footwork next summer? Sign up for the Walking and Hiking trip organised by US based luxury tour operator Backroads to the scenic mountains of Spain."

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Men's Journal Magazine, November 2014
What Sports Gear is Worth the Baggage Check Price?

"Reputable outfitters like Backroads use their own custom-designed titanium bikes and you still have the option to pay a slightly higher fee to access an even lighter bike like the Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby. No surprise that only three percent of their clientele choose to bring their own bike."

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The Boston Globe, November 2014
Before An Adventure Vacation, Get Your Body Ready

"Backroads offers a six-day multisport jaunt to Costa Rica, you’ll sea kayak along the Pacific Coast, whitewater raft down the Río Savegre, take a naturalist-led hike to see the sloths, monkeys, and stick bugs of Manuel Antonio National Park, even try zip-lining atop the rain forest canopy."

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Shape Magazine, November 2014
7 Travel Destinations Answer Call of The Wild

"Backroads offers a six-day, five-night all inclusive hiking and walking tour from the secluded shores of Tamales Bay to the urban waters of San Francisco Bay. Every day, your three trip leaders will create an action plan that caters to your fitness level, whether you’re a beginner or ready for Everest."

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San Francisco Chronicle, September 2014
Steeped in Tuscany's allure on a 2-wheel tour

"On this, our first full day of riding, we are biking through the area south of Siena, starting from our hotel in Bagno Vignoni and looping through the medieval towns of Montepulciano and Pienza. This is the Val d'Orcia, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004 solely for its scenic perfection. And indeed, it's like riding through a Renaissance painting of an idealized Tuscan landscape."

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SmarterTravel.com, September 2014
Great Tour Companies with Service-Boosting Extras

Backroads: Turn Any Trip Private
"Backroads has been specializing in active travel for 35 years, fueled by the belief that the best way to see the world is to experience it with your senses...and your muscles... Backroads also offers guests traveling with eight or more family members or friends the chance to make any of its 2,500 yearly departures into a private trip."

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Adventure Collection, July 2014
Seven Exceptional Adventure Travel Expeditions for 2015

"As an adventurer, you know that the place you go to often isn't as important as how you travel or what you do after you arrive... On Backroads' Everglades to Key West Multisport Tour, you'll get a chance to kayak, walk, and bike the Everglades environs... Backroads will take you to a Texas you didn't know existed on its five-day, four-night Texas Hill Country Bike Tour."

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Signature Network's Carefree Vacations, June 2014
Travel Redefined: Experience Life's Epic Journeys from the Backroads of Asia to the Peaks of Alberta

"Active travel provides intimate encounters with local culture off the beaten path and at your own pace, all underscored by a sense of accomplishment. With over 35 years of experience in crafting unique biking, hiking and multisport tours, Backroads goes the extra mile to provide you with in-depth exploration of destinations across the globe."

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NextAvenue.org, June 2014
Bicycle Vacations: Boomers' Latest Travel Trend

"As people over 50 opt for more active and adventurous vacations, two-wheelers are becoming a preferred vehicle to see the world, both here and abroad."

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TravelPulse, June 2014
Soft Landing: From Aerospace Engineering to Tourguiding

"Liz Gauthier left a career in aerospace engineering for a life out in the open. Tourguiding is a delightfully odd profession, a form of employment that is off the standard grid, a refuge for dreamers, rebels and misfits..."

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Make it Better, June 2014
Don't Spin Your Wheels: The Best Bike Vacations

"Temperatures are rising, and for some people that means it's time to hit the road again—on a bicycle...Mindy Fauntleroy, co-founder of Make It Better, lived la dolce vita with her 18-year-old daughter during their biking tour of Tuscany with Backroads, one of the largest and most established bike touring companies."

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Travel+Leisure, May 2014
Best Adventure Travel Destinations 2014

"For the Tree Hugger: The Carolinas. The Backroads approach to Appalachia balances days pedaling through Southern landscapes..."

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Virtuoso's Travel and Transport, April 2014
Three Dynamic Destinations

"From the Sorrentine Peninsula to Capri, the Amalfi Coast's breathtaking cliffs, deep blue water, and colorful buildings beckon. Backroads, the leading active travel company, ensures you experience Amalfi to the utmost..."

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Bon Appétit, April 2014
5 Dream Cycling-Food Trips

"Two wheels (and in some cases, a passport) is all you need to get to many of the great restaurants of the world...Backroads Thailand Biking takes cyclists along an oxcart path through rice paddies and garlic fields."

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Montreal Gazette, April 2014
A Magical ride in Hawaii

"Things I learned biking around the Big Island of Hawaii: If an island boasts three volcanoes, there will be hills. The terrain will vary from the arid and strangely beautiful moonscape of lava fields to lush and almost fecund greenery in the rainforest, in the same day... The staff of Backroads, who have been leading bikes trips since 1979, are exceptional in every way possible."

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Fox News, March 2014
6 Out-of-the-Ordinary Ways to Experience the Holy Land

"The adventure travel company Backroads offers an eight-day Israel Biking trip through the Holy Land, departing from Tel Aviv and taking riders through the Golan Heights to Jerusalem. Biking through the region allows travelers to get up close and personal with the culture..."

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USA Today, March 2014
11 Summer Jobs that Could Change Your Life

"Imagine spending your summer on an idyllic guest ranch in the old West, or paddling along the tranquil shores of Lake Superior, or riding in a helicopter through the wilds of Alaska. Sound appealing?"

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Outside, March 2014
2014 Travel Awards: Best Bike Destination

"Runner-Up: Blue Ridge Mountains: The swath of 6,000-foot peaks in the Carolinas have winding roads, great food, and incredible views. In other words, it rivals anything overseas... Join an outfitted trip with Backroads Tours and let them handle the logistics, from hotels to the shuttle vehicle..."

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Travel Savvy Mom, March 2014
7 Great Family Trips from Backroads

"We've asked all our sponsors to tell us about their best and most popular family trips, starting with the company that pretty much invented active travel: Backroads."

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Celebrated Living, March 2014
High Rollers

"Upscale bike tours offer serious adventure and civilized style. If you haven't yet treated yourself to a premium bike-tour vacation, I highly suggest you do. It will likely rank as one of your most memorable and cherished trips."

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Yahoo! Travel & Smarter Travel, February 2014
10 Best New Adventure Travel Trips

"Every year, the world's most respected adventure travel outfitters reveal their newest trips to far-flung locales across the globe. And every year around this time, I review the itineraries of those new trips to select the best of the new batch."

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The Active Times, February 2014
11 Summer Jobs that Could Change Your Life

"Imagine spending your summer on an idyllic guest ranch in the old West, or paddling along the tranquil shores of Lake Superior, or riding in a helicopter through the wilds of Alaska. Sound appealing?"

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Robb Report, February 2014
Ultimate Adventures: Road Rules

"Founded in 1979 by the cycling devotee Tom Hale, the California-based biking, hiking, and kayaking outfitter Backroads lives up to its name by hosting off-the-beaten-path adventures in such far-flung destinations as Bhutan, Cuba, and the Canary Islands."

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CNN Travel, January 2014
12 months, 12 amazing adventures

"Pedal through Tuscany with a five-night bike tour from Backroads. The verdant landscape, Medieval hilltop towns and Chianti wine tastings will take the edge off the rolling hills..."

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AARP, December 2013
Taking a Bike Trip

"Get a new perspective while you travel the world on two wheels. You don't need to be a Tour de France contender to enjoy a pedaling getaway."

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Bicycling, October 2013
7 Bucket List Bike Destinations

"Napa & Sonoma Valleys: Perhaps because pasta, the cornerstone of the cycling diet, virtually demands to be enjoyed with wine, these adjacent wine-country regions in northern California have become synonymous with good riding—so much so that if you live in the US you might be surprised at how popular our native vineyards have become with foreign cyclists."

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Outside, September 2013
The Best Places to Work 2013

"Backroads' trip designers specialize in dreaming up the best biking, hiking, walking and multisport trips for families, singles, and solo travelers."

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Forbes, September 2013
6 Leadership Lessons Learned On A 'Backroads' Bike Trip

"As previously noted at Forbes, luxury bike tours can be the best vacation ever. Having just returned from a Backroads bike trip, I now see why. It was outstanding. Everything clicked. One especially important component making the trip such a rich, fun and seamlessly easy experience was the impressive leadership skills of the group leaders."

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Travel+Leisure, May 2013
T+L Hiking Guide

"There's no better way to explore a new destination than on your own two feet. Here, T+L's hiking guide for your next great adventure."

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Outside, March 2013
Great Family Adventures: Backroads' 'Hawaii's Big Island Family Multisport'

"Hawaii's a favorite family destination for obvious reasons: there are wonderful beaches, lush rainforests, and a rich, friendly culture. The six-day offering from Backroads takes full advantage of the Big Island's splendor."

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