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It's Not Too Early to Spring into Action

Dear Traveler,

We love introducing travelers to places we know really well. And as the North America active travel pioneers (34 years and counting), we've gotten to know the continent's most glorious spots like our own backyard. We can't wait to share our secrets with you!

Looking forward to 2013, I'm excited to present a preview of the incredible springtime itineraries we're offering in North America. For cyclists, we're debuting a trip in Texas Hill Country (it's wildflower heaven here in spring), an adventure amid majestic red-rock arches surrounding Moab, and a special three-day trip in Santa Barbara's wine country. New multisport itineraries include our version of "spring training" in northern California. And hikers can discover some of the west coast's most iconic scenery—including sensational San Francisco—while exploring the Coastal Range of Northern California.

Each of these trips underscores our philosophy that you don't have to journey far and wide to uncover extraordinary new wonders. Exploration and discovery are as simple as getting out there and seeing things with new eyes. By bike or on foot with Backroads, with no barriers between you and your surroundings, the most amazing treasures present themselves. Take your time, soak it all in. And return home with lifetime memories.

Hope to see you out there this spring! Give us a call at 800-462-2848; our Trip Consultants are here to help you 7 days a week from 7 am to 5 pm, Pacific time.
Tom Hale
Tom Hale
Backroads Founder and President
11 Wonderful Ways to Celebrate Spring
Zion and Bryce walking photo
Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking
Utah's Phenomenal National Parks
  • Witness astonishing rock formations, river-carved canyons and Navajo sandstone cliffs
  • Venture into Bryce's otherworldly canyon to hike amid hoodoos and spires
  • Splash your way through the Narrows in Zion
  • Angels Landing offers lofty views of soaring rock faces and a yawning canyon abyss

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Canyons multisport photo
Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Multisport
Adventures in the National Parks of Utah & Arizona
  • The Narrows in Zion—a thrilling river hike through one of the world's most famous slot canyons
  • Pedal alongside the Virgin River amid walls of sheer sandstone
  • In Grand Canyon National Park, bike to Point Imperial, the North Rim's highest point
  • Hike into Bryce Canyon among brilliantly colored, whimsically shaped rock formations

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California Coast Range hiking photo
California Coastal Range Walking & Hiking
From Point Reyes National Seashore to San Francisco
  • National park–caliber hikes, from the crashing waves of Point Reyes to Muir Woods' redwood splendor
  • Enjoy an array of creature comforts and unique local style at a trio of luxurious inns
  • Savor California cuisine at its best—a Michelin-starred dinner at Murray Circle Restaurant
  • Extend your trip—and maybe leave your heart—in sensational San Francisco

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California Winter Fit photo
California Winter Fit: Bike, Hike, Ski & Yoga
Sierras to Wine Country & San Francisco
  • Get a taste of our spring training regimen: hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and yoga
  • Luxuriate at Cavallo Point Lodge, one of Travel + Leisure's "Top 10 New American Landmarks"
  • Try a new activity or hone your skills in the best gym around—Mother Nature!
  • Savor cuisine with star power—Michelin stars, that is

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Charleston to Savannah Multisport
Authentic Charm & Natural Beauty in the Coastal South
  • Experience the beautiful architecture, gardens and charm of Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah
  • Pedal to Wormsloe Plantation, where 400 stately oaks grace the entrance
  • Award-winning cuisine at Peninsula Grill in Charleston and Elizabeth on 37th in Savannah
  • Kayak to a sensational bird sanctuary

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Canyonlands and Moab biking photo
Moab & Canyonlands Biking
Southern Utah's Geologic Wonderland
  • Pedal to your heart's content on glorious bike-friendly scenic byways
  • Linger at overlooks for incredible views of the Colorado River and its dramatic chiseled gorges
  • Bike, hike and be awestruck amid the towering spires, balanced rocks and bridges of Arches National Park
  • The Red Cliffs Lodge, originally a turn-of-the-century homestead surrounded by 2,000-foot bluffs

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Monterey Santa Barbara biking photo
Monterey to Santa Barbara Wine Country Biking
Waves, Wine & Two Wheels Along California's Pacific Coast
  • Bike along iconic Highway 1 on California's central coast—a ride every cyclist should experience
  • Rugged cliffs plunging into the deep blue Pacific: talk about stunning scenery!
  • Taste award-winning wines in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley
  • California cuisine at its best—as varied and exceptional as the rides themselves

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Santa Barbara biking photo
Santa Barbara Wine Country Weekend Biking
Santa Ynez Wineries & Rolling Countryside
  • Slip away for a carefree Mediterranean weekend—right here in beautiful California
  • Bike in the bucolic Santa Ynez wine region, where tastings of celebrated vintages are just a stop away
  • Test your legs (and marvel at the views) on a big climb popular with local cyclists
  • Relax and rejuvenate at the elegant Fess Parker Inn and Spa in lovely Los Olivos

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Texas Hill Country Biking
A Cyclist's Playground Deep in the Heart of Texas
  • Soak up the historic charm of Gruene and enjoy a warm willkommen in German-infused Fredericksburg
  • Feast your eyes on springtime wildflowers—including Hill Country's emblematic bluebonnets
  • Ready to try a little Texas two-step? Kick up your heels at a traditional dance hall
  • Be tempted by mouthwatering local specialties in the barbecue epicenter of the world

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Wine Country biking photo
Wine Country Biking
A Quintessential Bike Trip through Napa & Sonoma Vineyards, Redwoods & Coast
  • Spin, sip and spa your way through five valleys of world-famous vineyards
  • Opportunities for wine tasting abound: hundreds of wineries line our cycling routes
  • Indulge in seriously good food, inspired by local vintages and fresh California ingredients
  • Bike from wine to waves, enjoying dramatic vistas in Bodega Bay on the Pacific Coast and lunch under monumental redwoods

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Zion and Snow canyon photo
Zion & Snow Canyon Multisport
Southwest Utah's Red Rock Splendor
  • Marvel at majestic cliffs, dunes and cinder cones in a brilliant palette of crimson and gold
  • Hike through the Narrows in Zion and climb to sky-high Angels Landing for epic vistas
  • The perfect post-ride indulgence? A massage at Red Mountain Resort's spa
  • Splendid in springtime, amazing in autumn—welcome to the ideal shoulder-season getaway

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