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Private Trips—The Clock is Ticking
Our 2018 dates are now available for booking! So if you've been considering a Private Trip, now is the time to start the conversations and get everyone on board for a 2018 adventure. By booking now you'll receive our absolute best pricing and have the top choice of trips
New Winter Adventures
If you've been longing to explore uncharted territory, then you're in luck! We've just launched several exciting new winter adventures.
Take the Family Camping!
Get back to nature this summer on a Backroads Family Deluxe Camping adventure. With plenty of fresh air and no confining walls, your gang will be energized and ready to dive into all that Mother Nature has to offer.
Summer is short but sweet, so let's make the most of it! Dreaming about island-hopping along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast? How about hiking the famous trails of Italy's Cinque Terre? Or explore the wild wonders of Yellowstone. Enjoy a worry-free vacation planning experience as Backroads takes care of it all.
Adventures in Cuba
What do you imagine when you think of traveling to Cuba? Classic cars rolling down the roads? Havana city scenes that look like you've stepped back in time? How about delicious local food and lively music that fills the warm Caribbean nights? It's all waiting to be seen, tasted and heard, and there's no better way to experience it all than with Backroads.
North American Adventures
Sometimes the greatest travel experiences are found not in faraway lands but close to home. North America is an amazing place, a continent of wild places and landscapes full of natural wonders. Now is the perfect time to get out and experience it!
Family Memories in the National Parks
"My love affair with the national parks began when I was 9 years old. I learned at that young age that the best family memories are the ones where we shared an adventure, where we set off and explored something new and exciting together. Those are the memories of my childhood and of my parents that I still carry with me today." Read Casey Carr's Family Memories in the National Parks post on the Back Beat blog.
History of the Bicycle
"Happy 200th birthday to the bicycle! While today we rely on bikes for exercise, commuting and touring the wine country, the bicycle originated in difficult times. It all began in 1815 after a large volcano erupted in Indonesia. So much debris was ejected into the atmosphere that global temperatures cooled and crops around the world were ruined. This also meant starvation for animals, and in a pre-automobile era, left the problem of how to transport people without horses." Read Andy Jacobs's History of the Bicycle post on the Back Beat blog.
Taking the Backroads to Love: A Guest's Perspective
"When I decided to embark on my first Backroads adventure, I was not a biker. I was not even particularly athletic. I was a 24-year-old, newly single teacher in Tampa, Florida. I had just spent months planning the June wedding of my dreams, but I knew something was not right. I called off my engagement and was at a loss of what to do with my newfound freedom. My summer of 1988 was now wide open." Read Jennifer Newcombe's Taking the Backroads to Love: A Guest's Perspective post on the Back Beat blog.
The Michelin Star Experience
"Many of our trips have a Michelin-starred restaurant (or two!) as part of their program. Speaking just for France, we work with more than 20 starred restaurants! While it can take more than a year to get a seat at one of these prestigious tables, Backroads guarantees that you'll get to enjoy this incredible cuisine. We work hard to create a privileged partnership with these restaurants and have a unique experience at their properties. More than just a dinner, a Michelin-starred meal is a moment and a souvenir that stays in your mind for years!" Read Marine Sonot's The Michelin Star Experience post on the Back Beat blog.
The Magnificent Dalmatian Coast
Since debuting our first Dalmatian Coast over a decade ago, it's been apparent that this is a special place—epic cycling and hiking, stunning scenery, plus inviting Mediterranean treasures—delicious food, friendly locals, intriguing history and plenty of sunshine.
7 Breathtaking Hikes in the U.S.
"At Backroads we're lucky to admire the world from a wide range of elevations. I've surveyed the Backroads Trip Leader community and reflected on my own hiking memories to pick seven of the most breathtaking hikes in the United States. Each of these trails offers that 'pinch me' scenery and an unforgettable challenge. Plan one a year or one a month! But don't go without seeing these iconic vistas." Read Marlee Newman's 7 Breathtaking Hikes in the U.S. post on the Back Beat blog.
Conversations in Cuba
"I feel fortunate to be here now. I feel fortunate to be working for Backroads, a company that doesn't gloss over the realities of the world but instead offers its guests a closer, authentic and unfiltered look. Cuba and its people have now become something personal to me—more than news headlines and pages in a history book. It's the taxi driver, the pigeon-flyer, the port foreman and all the others who have helped me paint this beautiful portrait in my mind of a vibrant country full of hopeful people marching toward an uncertain future." Read McKynlee Westman's Conversations in Cuba post on the Back Beat blog.
A Hiker's Heaven in Bavaria & Tyrol
"According to a local saying in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, 'Those loved by God are brought here'—a sentiment easy to understand as the Bavarian Alps can seem like heaven on Earth. For my family (myself, my Backroads husband and our toddler), it's our favorite place in the world to play and relax."Read Cat McNally's A Hiker's Heaven in Bavaria & Tyrol post on the Back Beat blog.
Our Family Trip to Cuba: A Guest's Perspective
"One of the most iconic and expected experiences of a trip to Cuba is the chance to ride in a brightly painted, impeccably cared for classic 1950s convertible. What you might not expect is the pure rush of excitement you feel sliding into the back seat. It was one of my favorite memories of our family trip to Cuba." Read Kaira Rouda's Our Family Trip to Cuba: A Guest's Perspective post on the Back Beat blog.
Portugal is Calling! 4 Great Trips!
These Backroads Portugal trips are special—each one is a true journey, an adventure that takes you to new, vibrant places. You'll leave knowing that you've gone beyond the traditional travel experience, that you've been a part of something that will stay with you for many years to come.
Our Top Pics for the Most Epic European Family Vacation Yet
While there will always be hot new travel destinations around the world, certain places will forever be magnificent for the whole family—and these European trips are at the top of our list.
Why I Love Backroads: A Guest's Perspective
"I've traveled with Backroads on eight unforgettable adventures and from my first trip to Vermont, I was hooked! I could write a book about why I love Backroads, but this is a blog, so I'll pare it down to a few reasons why I continually choose Backroads over any other adventure travel company." Read Sylvia Nierling's Why I Love Backroads: A Guest's Perspective post on the Back Beat blog.
Make the New Year Count! 10 Trips for New Beginnings
It's 2017! A new year, a new beginning. Are you looking to be inspired? Have an adventure? Or experience something fresh and different? These 10 new trips are particularly magical for the New Year, promising to be truly original journeys that could make it your best year yet.
Food Paradise in Bend, Oregon
"Bend lies in the shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range and sits on the edge of the Deschutes River. She's quaint. She has a huge food scene, roasts amazing coffee, brews delicious beer, hosts live music on the river every week, and offers incredible hiking, biking and fly fishing within inches of her city center." Read Lauren Cook's Food Paradise in Bend, Oregon post on the Back Beat blog.
100 Years Old and Biking!
"This year I had the honor of attending my first 100th birthday party. Actually, my Great Uncle Mike is the only 100-year-old I've ever met. But age is only half of this story... Uncle Mike's 100th birthday party was a bike ride! 100 years of age is a crazy thing to wrap your head around. But can you imagine being 100 and balancing on a bike, managing traffic, flying down hills?!" Read Andy Jacobs's 100 Years Old and Biking! post on the Back Beat blog.
The Luberon & Secret Provence
"Provence rhymes with vacances ("vacations" in French). When I was a child, my family was renting every summer a mas (Provençal farm) in the Luberon. So when I came back to Provence years later with the mission of designing a new trip for Backroads, all my childhood memories came back to me!" Read Marine Sonot's The Luberon & Secret Provence post on the Back Beat blog.
Give the Gift of Adventure
It's no secret that time is the most valuable thing we possess, and sharing it with those we love is the best gift we can give—a shared adventure, a memory made together, an experience remembered for a lifetime. Backroads gift certificates are available in any amount, ready to be the beginning of something magical.
Backroads Leaders Make the Difference
As anyone who has been on a Backroads trip knows, our leaders are the spark that turns a fantastic trip into something magical. Without their tireless energy, creative minds and true dedication to their role as exceptional leaders, we wouldn't be anywhere close to the company we are today. We want to give you an opportunity to meet two great leaders who were first introduced to Backroads as guests.
On a Winter's Day in Copenhagen
"It's the second winter that I'm spending in Copenhagen, the city that also happens to be the destination of Backroads' Stockholm to Copenhagen cycling voyage. While summer is the perfect time to explore Copenhagen's art and food scene, the slow winter is well-suited to chat up the locals and engage in some philosophizing, especially when a few sun rays manage to break through the cloudy sky." Read Andreas Juchli's On a Winter's Day in Copenhagen post on the Back Beat blog.
Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Dolomites
"Back in 1996, I was tasked with a dream research assignment at Backroads. The mission, which I gladly accepted, was to create an all-new luxury hiking itinerary in Italy's prized Dolomite region. Stunning mountain peaks, fairy-tale valleys, an abundance of cozy accommodations and, best of all, the comfort of Italian cuisine made me an instant fan of this compact alpine playground." Read Jeff Cantarutti's Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Dolomites post on the Back Beat blog.