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New Active Travel Trips Include Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking, Hudson Valley Biking, Napa Valley Biking and More

Berkeley, CA (Oct 18, 2016) Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, is finding many travelers are opting to vacation closer to home next year. The company today announced its 2017 trip lineup including 7 brand-new trips in North America—in addition to the more than 40 destinations the company launched last month.

Traveling close to home has always been popular, but in 2017 guest bookings for the United States and the Canadian Rockies are already proving to be top vacation choices. New Backroads trips in 2017 include a heli-hiking adventure in the Canadian Rockies, biking in New York's Hudson Valley area, and an easy biking trip in Napa Valley for travelers looking for more "R&R."

"Sometimes the best vacations are those closest to home. We designed many of our new North American adventure tours to maximize extended weekends and for some folks to be only a short drive or quick plane flight away," said Backroads Founder and President, Tom Hale. "Whether it's the excitement of heli-hiking, or a luxurious wine country trip with an emphasis on leisure, we have seen a big uptick with guests wanting to explore North America on a Backroads trip in the style that they have come to love."

Backroads, known for offering an unparalleled array of biking, walking and hiking and multisport trips, is reaching new heights with its helicopter-hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies. The new offering takes guests to explore the remote wilderness and inaccessible terrain from Banff to the Bugaboos. The company is also rolling out new North American biking trips including Hudson Valley—from New York's Historic Riverway to the Catskills, Arizona's Tucson and Sonoran Desert—from artsy towns to Saguaro National Park, and a leisurely Napa Valley bike tour—luxurious retreats and easy biking in the heart of the California Wine Country.

For multisport enthusiasts, a new Maui and Lanai adventure offers volcanic wonders and undiscovered beaches. There is also a new walking and hiking trip among the red-rock majesty of Utah and Colorado including Arches National Park & Canyonlands.

Backroads offers a wide range of vacation options for its guests, including a choice of Premiere Inn, Casual Inn, Deluxe Camping, Classic, Family and Family Breakaway tours. Backroads' Family Breakaway segment—designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings—continues to grow in popularity and new trips will be debuting in 2017. A complete list of all of the new 2017 adventure tours can be found at:

Backroads New North American 2017 Adventure Tours

Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour (Casual & Premiere Inns departures)
Red-Rock Majesty in Utah & Colorado

Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Tour (Premiere Inns Classic and Family Breakaway departures)
From Banff to the Bugaboos

Hudson Valley Bike Tour (Casual Inns Classic departures)
From New York's Historic Riverway to the Catskills

Napa Valley Bike Tour (Premiere Inns Classic departures)
Luxurious Retreats & Easy Biking in the Wine Country

Maui & Lanai Multisport Adventure Tour (Premiere Inns Classic, Family and Family Breakaway departures)
Volcanic Wonders & Undiscovered Beaches

Tucson & Sonoran Desert Bike Tour (Premiere Inns Classic departures)
From Artsy Towns to Saguaro National Park

About Backroads
Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale. The company has been in business for more than 37 years and hosts thousands of guests in hundreds of locations across the globe, 80% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests. Backroads was named one of the top 100 places to work by Outside magazine in 2015, and is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit www.backroads.com or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 am - 6 pm, Pacific time.