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April, 2013
A Better Way to See the World
Our Top Ten Family Trips This Summer!


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  It's been more than three decades since we first resolved to explore the planet actively—and to share that passion with our guests. And during the past 34 incredible years, we've kept our promise of redefining what a family vacation can be and bringing you a better way to discover and connect with the world.
  Dear Traveler,

As the family vacation experts, we leave no stone unturned in our quest to find the world's best places for epic FUN! For 2013, we've uncovered exciting new opportunities in some of our longtime favorite locales, like Alaska, Maine and Québec. And don't forget—there's still space available on beloved Backroads classics, from biking trips in Tuscany and the Loire Valley, to multisport adventures in the Canadian Rockies and Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks.

Backroads getaways go way beyond the typical family trip to ensure an off-the-charts vacation unlike anything you've probably ever experienced. We handle it all—from expert planning to superlative support—while you and your gang focus on biking, hiking, exploring, relaxing and making lifelong memories together. We've even crunched the numbers and listed our Top Ten Family summer getaways below to make your trip search easier. You owe it to your family and yourself to experience a Backroads vacation at least once!

I hope to see you out there this year,
Alison Iles Signature
Alison Iles
Family Trips Manager, with Backroads for 22 years

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NEW! Alaska Multisport
Good Times on the Kenai Peninsula (Camping)

By bike, foot, boat and even dog sled, Alaska with Backroads is an unforgettable family destination. Add the fun of camping—campfires and stargazing—and it gets even better. Hike beneath snow-clad mountains to an awe-inspiring glacier, pedal the Kenai Peninsula's wooded roads and marvel at marine life on Kachemak Bay. Read more
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Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Multisport
Utah & Arizona's National Parks

For a geology lesson come to life, nothing beats an adventure in these stunning national parks. Kids can explore the rim of the Grand Canyon on a mule ride. Find out which type of weird rock formation has made Bryce Canyon famous as you hike its natural "maze." After venturing into the Virgin River on one of Zion's most famous hikes, the youngsters learn the basics of canyoneering with experienced guides. Read more
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Canadian Rockies Multisport
Peaks, Glaciers & Wondrous Wildlife in Banff & Yoho National Parks

Mother Nature opens her arms wide for families in the Canadian Rockies. Alongside our Trip Leaders, who are certified Mountain Parks Heritage Interpreters and Guides, pedal and hike family-friendly routes amid mighty peaks, vast ice fields and turquoise-colored lakes. The kids team up with a local guide for a rock-climbing lesson. And everyone makes a splash on our float trip down the rapids of the Kicking Horse River. Read more
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NEW! Maine Family Biking
From Woods to Seashore in Acadia National Park & Penobscot Bay

If your youngster adores the outdoors, a biking adventure in Maine promises to be a super cool experience. Your family will have a blast biking through the peaceful countryside. Spinning past historic lighthouses. Scaling granite! Picking wild blueberries. Cycling through charming New England fishing villages and past rocky coastlines. Read more
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NEW! Québec Multisport
Awesome Adventures in New France

Calling explorers of all ages: Unleash your intrepid selves in the company of beluga whales, seals and a zip-line flight. Discover glacier-carved fjords, wooded capes and arctic tundra. Fuel yourself with gourmet cuisine, apple cider and superb wine. And soak up the vibrant blend of cultures that makes this region so unique. Read more
Yellowstone and Tetons family multisport photo
Yellowstone & Tetons Multisport
Discover the Wonders of Wyoming's Wild Preserves

Get set for activities galore! If you can tear yourself away from the geothermal wonders—like burping mud pots and legendary Old Faithful Geyser—hike to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, glide on tranquil Yellowstone Lake in sturdy kayaks, pedal beneath the spine of the Teton Range and have a blast white-water rafting on the Snake River. Read more
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Yosemite Multisport
Nature's Glorious Spectacle in the Sierra Nevada

With Backroads, you and your gang can appreciate Yosemite from all perspectives. Soak up jaw-dropping vistas from Glacier Point, marvel at the grandeur of 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls and stroll among the largest sequoias in the park in the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Kids enjoy a rock-climbing class while grown-ups learn a few of the park's secrets from a local naturalist. Read more
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Tuscany Biking
Pedaling & Pizza North of Siena

Your crew will find lots to rave about in Tuscany! This trip offers a fantastic intro to the Chianti region, with plenty of time to explore on and off your bike. Pedal through a landscape that seems to have jumped out of a Renaissance painting, investigate San Gimignano, a medieval city crowned with stone towers, tour a historic abbey—now a private estate producing its own olive oil and honey—and enjoy a truffle hunt and tasting. Read more
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Croatia's Dalmatian Coast Multisport
101 Ways to Play in Croatia's Dalmatian Islands

Your family will be amazed by the beauty of the Dalmatian Coast. Follow trails past vineyards, old olive groves and white woolly sheep. Kayak in protected coves, stopping to snorkel, swim and kick back on a tranquil beach. Island-hop aboard ferries and traipse through towns with battlements where sentries once kept watch for pirates. Read more
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Loire Valley Biking
Royal Fun in France's Regal Touraine

Experience beaucoup history, culture and fun in one of our favorite regions in France. Kids can explore grand châteaux, like Chenonceau and Villandry, and learn the importance of foibles and fortes under the watchful eye of a world-class fencing master. They'll visit Leonardo da Vinci's home and give a high-five to Joan of Arc's "girl power" in historic Chinon. Read more


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