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Backroads Fall Trips


June, 2013
A Better Way to See the World
Fall in Love With Our New Autumn Trips


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  Dear Traveler,

I'm excited to unveil 13 incredible autumn adventures, spanning the globe from California's redwood forests to the castle-topped hills of Italy's Piedmont region. Fall is a fantastic time to travel. The weather is still warm and pleasant, but not too hot. Must-see sites are still open, yet noticeably quieter. And the autumn months usher in a superb variety of seasonal specialties, like fresh apple cider in Vermont or just-milled olive oil in Tuscany.

Check out our 13 New Fantastic Fall Adventures:
arrows Andalucía
arrows Argentina
arrows Israel
arrows Piedmont
arrows Tuscany Cooking
arrows Tuscany & Umbria
North America
arrows California Coast
arrows Moab & Canyonlands
arrows Québec
arrows Santa Barbara
arrows Texas
arrows Vermont
arrows Zion & Snow Canyon

More than three decades ago, we made a commitment to create one-of-a-kind trips that immerse you in the world as authentically as possible. Just ask anyone who's traveled with us: you're more likely to connect deeply with your destination during six days with Backroads than you would in twice the time on your own!

Have fun exploring the possibilities...
Tom Hale
Tom Hale
Founder and President

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Andalucía Biking: From Flamboyant Sevilla to Glorious Granada

• Bike back in time through los Pueblos Blancos, Andalucía's legendary whitewashed villages
• Immerse yourself in rich history, epic settings and a captivating mix of ancient cultures
• Feel the energy and contagious rhythm of flamenco music and dance
• Extend your stay in Sevilla or Granada, our dazzling gateway cities

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Israel Biking: From the Sea of Galilee to the Golan Heights & Jerusalem

• Admire marvelous archaeological treasures in Beit She'an and the Judean Hills
• Savor Israeli, Lebanese and Druze cuisine—as delicious as it is diverse
• Enjoy an exclusive tasting in this land where wine has been made since biblical times
• Get to know the old city of Jerusalem during a private walking tour

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Piedmont Biking: A Trove of Gastronomic & Viticultural Delights

• Tranquil hamlets, castles and hillside vineyards make for idyllic scenery along our route
• Savor French-accented delicacies—white truffles, artisanal cheeses and exquisite pastries
• Welcoming enoteche (wineshops) invite you to pull over for a sip; give in to temptation!
• Explore 1,000-year-old La Morra, a premier Barolo-producing town

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Tuscany Walking & Cooking: A Culinary Adventure in Bella Toscana

• Walk through woodland, vineyards and ancient hill towns, getting to know our local amici along the way
• Enjoy great food, cooking demos and wonderful company at Tutti a Tavola cooking school
• Savor the local lifeblood—Chianti Classico and other legendary wines
• Return home with Tuscan culinary know-how—the ultimate souvenir!

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Tuscany & Umbria Biking: Undiscovered Umbria to Cortona, Land of the Tuscan Sun

• Soak up the medieval flavor and ancient traditions of charming hilltop towns
• Taste splendid wines, like Sagrantino, Montefalco Rosso and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
• Simple yet delectable local specialties are yours to sample: hearty ribollita, panzanella, fresh pastas and delicious pastries
• Our cozy abodes include a family villa, a former mill and a converted farmhouse

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Northern Argentina Biking: Andean Culture and the World's Highest Vineyards

• Pedal remote yet bike-friendly paved roads from lush forests to the high desert
• Taste wine among the world's highest-altitude vineyards in the renowned Cafayate region
• Overnight at distinctive lodgings, from a historic working estancia to a stylish boutique hotel
• Consider extending your trip in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires

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California Coast Walking & Hiking: From Point Reyes & Marin County to San Francisco

• National park-caliber hikes, from the crashing waves of Point Reyes to Muir Woods' redwood splendor
• Savor California cuisine at its best—a phenomenal dinner at Murray Circle Restaurant
• Enjoy an array of creature comforts and unique local style at a trio of luxurious inns
• Extend your trip—and maybe even leave your heart—in sensational San Francisco

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Moab & Canyonlands Biking: Southern Utah's Geologic Wonderland

• Pedal to your heart's content on beautiful bike-friendly Scenic Byways
• Linger at overlooks for sublime 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
• Witness the epic high desert panorama of quiet Colorado National Monument

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Québec Multisport: Rich History, Idyllic Landscapes & Superb Cuisine in New France

• Dive into history in Québec City, with its impressive architecture and French heritage
• Ride bucolic roads stopping to visit artisans, vintners and organic farmers
• Kayak the St. Lawrence River at beautiful Bergeronne Paradis Marin
• Spot beluga, minke and fin whales during a Zodiac boat trip with a local naturalist

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Weekend Biking: Santa Ynez Wineries & Pedal-Perfect Countryside

• Slip away for a carefree Mediterranean weekend—right here in beautiful California
• Bike in the serene 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 in the Lone Star State

• Soak up the historic charm of Gruene and enjoy a warm willkommen in German-infused Fredericksburg
• Feast your eyes on Hill Country's famous fall foliage
• 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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Vermont Biking: Quintessential New England from Stowe to Woodstock

• Pedal beneath grand oak canopies, along picturesque rivers and by old red barns
• Taste maple syrup, specialty cheeses, craft beer and other local delights
• Stowe, Warren, East Middlebury, Woodstock—classic New England villages
• Ride on beautiful rolling roads, encountering some serious climbs and exhilarating descents

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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
• Splash through the Narrows in Zion and climb to sky-high Angels Landing for incredible vistas
• The perfect post-ride indulgence? A massage at Red Mountain Resort's heavenly spa
• Splendid in springtime, amazing in autumn—welcome to the ideal shoulder-season destination

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