Media Mentions of Note
Backroads is regularly featured in local and national publications. Here are some of our favorite articles:
AFAR, March 2018
A Cycling Cruise Will Change the Way You Experience Europe
"I’ll be honest up front: As a traveler, I’ve generally shied away from both cruising and large-group travel. So when I tell you that my eight-day Backroads-AmaWaterways cycling cruise down the Danube subtly changed me and the way I saw Europe, I hope you’ll understand that this is coming from, not a cruise acolyte, but a skeptic who saw the light."
The Local Palate, March 2018
El Corazon de Cuba
"My first meal is at El Cuajaní . . . . The restaurant opened a year ago, after its owner, José Luis Gomez, returned to Cuba from Miami. He’d been working in a kitchen there, but noticed that tourism at home was on the rise. Gomez hasn’t bothered to set a menu, 'because in Cuba you can’t find anything.' So [he] cooks . . . a white-bean hummus; fillets of bonito, a fish not so distant from tuna; battered-and-fried balls of lobster meat; and mashed malanga, or taro root, subtly seasoned."
Boston Globe, February 2018
Leaving It All Behind—Including Companions—with These NE Getaways for Solo Women
"If you’ve got the urge to travel and no one to travel with, or maybe you simply want a relaxing, free-to-do-what-you-want, when-you-want escape, here are a few New England travel ideas perfect for women going it alone. "
Fox, January 2018
Traveling Solo on a Backroads Vietnam Trip—Do Something by Yourself Even If It’s Risky.
Chicago Tribune, January 2018
Cuban Revolutions: Biking the Island's Back Roads on a Trip Through Time
"My husband and I, both avid fans of two-wheel travel, signed up for our cycling vacation before the Cuba situation started taking telenovela-like twists involving so-called sonic attacks, a State Department warning, confusing new travel restrictions and a hurricane named Irma. 'Are you sure you want to go?' my mom asked on more than one occasion. The answer: absolutely. "
Forbes, January 2018
7 Amazing Adventures that Could Change Your life in 2018
"Looking for a great adventure? Here’s a look at seven amazing adventures from some of the world’s leading adventure travel operators.…they will stretch your muscles, open your mind and get you well out of your comfort zone. "
In the Loop Travel, January 2018
Working Up an Appetite. Hiking and European River Cruising--A Splendid Marriage
"After more than three hours of hiking in the Wachau Valley, we were nearly running on empty. "
Private Clubs, Winter 2018
5 More Awesome Treks to Get Your Adrenaline Pumping
"Already checked Spain’s famed pilgrimage off your bucket list? We dug up additional must-do adventures — all new for 2018 — from other top outfitters. "
AFAR, December 2017
12 of the Best Places We Went This Year
"At AFAR, we [encourage] each and every one of our employees to take a trip via our travel stipend program, so each member of our staff can experience a place they’ve never been before. Needless to say, we log a lot of miles each year, and 2017 was no different. Here are 12 places we loved. "
Chicago Tribune, October 2017
In the Wake of River Cruise Success, Backroads Launches Fleet of Ocean Trips
"The active-travel company Backroads is diving deeper into the cruise business with a boatload of new oceangoing trips for 2019. "
Forbes, October 2017
5 Great Biking Trips for 2018
"Chile’s Lakes & Volcanoes District: A road biking trip that 's perfect for cyclists looking for a classic week of biking. The landscape is in Chile's 'Ring of Fire' region, which is remote and covers rugged terrain in an area filled with incredible beauty. "
Huffington Post, August 2017
The Backroad to Connection
"As Backroads CEO and Founder Tom Hale says, active travel is, at its heart, a way of connecting more authentically with the world (including a small group of very cool families). I would agree and add—it 's also a great way of connecting with your loved ones and with yourself."
RewardExpert, August 2017
Backroads: Active Adventures for Intrepid Travelers
"For travelers who live an active lifestyle and want to maintain it while exploring new destinations, there's nothing better than an adventure with Backroads. "
KGO, August 2017
On-the-Go with John Hamilton
Radio interview with Backroads President & Founder Tom Hale: "Multi-Sport Trips with the Backroads Travel Company "
Chicago Tribune, August 2017
Taking the Kids on an adventure when they're in college
"For decades, Backroads has been a leader in active and adventure vacations, including those for families. Now that some of the families who enjoyed their trips cycling and hiking have older kids, the company has begun offering these Breakaway trips, capitalizing on the trend of grown or nearly grown kids continuing to travel with mom and dad. "
Baltimore Sun, August 2017
With walking vacations, the adventure is in the journey – not just the destination
"Walking is also the oldest form of travel and exploration. Its multisensory nature — the feel of the ground or a stone path under your feet, the scent of the forest just after a rainfall, the sound of an indigenous bird flying low to observe you — allows travelers to develop their own, deeper relationship with a place. "
Chicago Tribune, August 2017
Breathtaking fall bike adventures
"The California-based adventure travel company Backroads has been running its popular six-day spin on country roads through Vermont villages for years. Guests on the guided tour explore Stowe, Warren, East Middlebury and Woodstock, pedaling past winding rivers and red barns. "
Travel Weekly, August 2017
A tour activity that's growing in popularity? Take a hike
"Backroads, a 38-year-old company that was founded on biking trips, says walking and hiking tours are now its fastest growing segment, posting double-digit growth in the past few years. "
Active Travels, August 2017
Backroads Family Breakaway to Switzerland, First Stop Kandersteg
"Having just returned from Switzerland last night, I have to admit that the Backroads trip my family was just on was as close to perfection as it gets in the world of travel. "
Men's Health, July/August 2017
6 More Life-Changing Trips
"If you need a vacations (you do, by the way), the real quesiton is: Which kind? These adventures aim to fix what's nagging you. Your souvenirs: energy and serenity."
Virtuoso Traveler, June 2017
Two-Wheelers Turn 200
"Von Drais rode his wooden velocipede through the German countryside, but he could never have imaginged cycling on a custom titanium cruiser. Grab yours on Backroads' six day ride from Berlin to Dresden..."
In the Loop Travel, June 2017
Backroads Hiking Cruise with AmaWaterways - Video Story
Voyeur Magazine (Virgin Australia in-flight magazine), Jun 2017
Take the High Road
"If you want longer on the road, tour firm Backroads offers a four-day trip in nearby Death Valley National Park, which includes rides across salt flats and the desert "
Departures Magazine, May 2017
9 Cycling Tours to Book Now
"Cycling tours don't have to be all about, well, cycling. For those looking to combine their love of biking with boating, Backroads offers Portugal's Duoro Valley River Cruise Bike Tour, starting in Madrid and ending in Portugal."
Virtuoso Life, May 2017
Pedal Boats: Gear up for a more relaxed cycling vacation through Europe
"It's part of a partnership between AmaWaterways and walking and biking tour operator Backroads that uses the ship as a floating hotel, with bikes to experience the terrain."
The Washington Post, April 2017
Want to be an adventure tour leader? You have a better chance of getting into Dartmouth.
"Since January, Backroads has been hosting day-long events on two continents, searching for trip leaders to head such active-exotic outings as biking in New Zealand, hiking along Spain's Camino de Santiago and camping in the Canadian Rockies."
The Wall Street Journal, April 2017
Not the Same-Old Bike Tour
"From Cuba to the Galapagos, guided biking trips in unlikely destinations offer a new spin on two-wheel touring. It's easy to see the appeal of pedaling through rustic Vermont, golden Tuscany or the wine regions of France. But for seriously intrepid travelers, cycling-trip specialists are rolling out itineraries in less predictable destinations..."
Los Angeles Times, April 2017
Want to to get a bigger charge out of that cycling trip? Hop on a e-bike
"This summer, the Werksman family is set for another trip, this one through Provence in southeastern France. Their trips with Backroads come with luxury inns, two support vans, GPS guides and special bicycles outfitted with small, silent electric motors that boost riders' pedaling effort, said Werksman, a Los Angeles attorney."
Eating Well, April 2017
Love Travel, Good Food AND the Outdoors? Add These 6 Culinary Tours to Your Bucket List
"Exploring the culture and culinary tradition of another place is often adventure enough on its own. But imagine how much sweeter the taste of a nourishing meal after biking across the Italian country-side or hiking through wine country."
Boston Globe, March 2017
Take a walk on the wild side . . . in your snowshoes
"Winter wildlife watching? Yes, please! On a snowshoe adventure in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, you'll experience this vast, otherworldly landscape without the summertime traffic and throngs of tourists. "
Adventure Travel News, February 2017
Q&A: Industry Veteran Tom Hale Talks Backroads Culture, Future
"Hale spoke with ATTA about his observations about the current status of adventure travel, how tour operators can commit to sustainable practices, and how he plays an active part in a company that continues to grow."
MySanAntonio.com, February 2017
Danube River Sensations: Pedaling from river cruise ships to cafes to castles
"A river cruise with access to central European castles, forests, centuries-old villages and deep culture sounded like the perfect getaway. This one offered a bonus: the teaming of top-rated cruise and bicycle tour operators. So I found myself sailing aboard AmaWaterways' luxurious new AmaSonata and biking with Backroads on the Danube Cycling Sensation River Cruise."
The Wall Street Journal, December 2016
The New Flexibility of Yoga Getaways
"The (multi) Sporting Life: If you'd rather not commit to one type of physical activity, Backroads offers assorted trips in 50 countries centered around hiking, cycling, kayaking, snowshoeing, even camel-riding—or a combo thereof."
New York Times, December 2016
River Cruising, Family-Style
"For families with teens, the brand offers hiking and biking 'family breakaway' departures developed with the adventure travel company Backroads."
USA Today, November 2016
Five myths about private adventure trips
"Megan McGovern of Backroads, the largest active travel company in the world, says that 'on a Backroads Private Trip for 10 or more guests, you lock in the lowest price and save an average of $300 each compared to signing up individually on a scheduled departure...'"
SpyCycle, November 2016
World Bicycle Relief & Backroads Travel
"It is seasonally cheering when you learn that Backroads Travel, who are one of the longest established active travel companies and offer cycling holidays in a host of different countries, have teamed up with World Bicycle Relief (WBR) where all donations are being matched pound-for-pound, dollar-for-dollar. WBR provides bicycles to help improve daily transportation for people in impoverished regions where a four-hour walk to and from school is the norm."
Alaska Beyond, November 2016
The Wish List: Giving & Experiences
"Backroads Provence Bike Tours offer the opportunity to bike from Avignon through fragrant lavendar fields in Provence."
Shape, November 2016
2016 Healthy Travel Awards: Best Activity Outfitters
"Biking Getaways: Backroads: This company picks the most scenic, quietest bike routes around the world featuring many awe-inspiring stops."
Delta Sky, October 2016
Fifty Shades of Green
"Perhaps a visit to the Irish motherland was finally in order... So I signed up for a walking and hiking tour of western Ireland with Backroads."
TravelAge West, September 2016
Gear Up With Backroads on This Napa and Sonoma Bike Tour
"Backroads takes travelers sipping and cycling through California's wine country."
Country Living, September 2016
11 Fall Cruises That Will Let You Experience the Glory of Autumn
"Cruises aren't just for tropical vacations. Experience fall from the vantage point of a ship for a unique take on the season's colors."
New York Times, September 2016
How to Plan an Active Vacation
"When you take an active trip, you're out in nature and get a perspective on a place that most travelers don't."
Cruise Critic, September 2016
River Cruising With Backroads: We Try It on AmaWaterways' AmaSonata
"Bicycle touring and river cruising might strike some as strange bedfellows, but tour operator Backroads and cruise line AmaWaterways have teamed up to demonstrate how the two pursuits can make a complementary pair."
Roamaroo.com, September 2016
Backroads: The Ultimate in Adventure Travel
"When we first encountered Backroads, it was on an adventure through Puglia, Italy. I'm not sure if it was the burrata, the biking, or a little bit of both, but we were immediately hooked."
Los Angeles Times, September 2016
Trek or cycle by day, dine at Michelin restaurants by night on Backroads culinary tours
"Adventure travel means eating gorp and energy bars, right? Berkeley-based Backroads tour operator has a better idea: biking and hiking trips with Michelin-starred restaurants in mind."
AARP, September 2016
Best Vacations for Reflection
"Walk, Don't Run — To Discover Your Life's Path: You know how a walk can sometimes clear your head, making everything seem right all of a sudden? And you think, 'Gee, sure am glad I didn't drive to the store.' Make that fresh outlook last for days on a Backroads walking tour..."
In the Loop Travel, August 2016
7 Things About a Biking Trip with Backroads and AmaWaterways
"I spent a week pedaling along the Danube and the surrounding countryside villages, farms, orchards and vineyards. This hybrid-style trip isn't a full-fledged biking tour. It's also not your standard river cruise. The combo is a delightful taste of both."
The Roanoke Times, August 2016
Danube River sensations: Pedaling from river cruise ships to cafes to castles
"Imagine getting off a cruise ship, hopping on a high-end bicycle and pedaling streets of centuries-old villages. That's just one of the experiences motivating more and more ocean liner fans to give river cruises a try."
New York Times, August 2016
Glamping Adds a Touch of Luxe to the National Parks
"A 37-year veteran of orchestrating multisport adventures, Backroads hosts trips in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Their specialty? Connecting guests to nature. Minus the (organizational) headache or, when camping is concerned, backache."
Travel Weekly, July 2016
River cruise lines up their cycling game
"River cruise lines are getting more serious about their biking outings with a series of recent partnerships geared toward creating cycling programs for enthusiasts of all skill levels. Travelers who book the Backroads experience on AmaWaterways will have an allocated trip leader, receive titanium bikes to ride, be followed by support vans on their cycling outings and will be offered flexible itineraries with a range of cycling routes suited for different abilities."
Crain's Chicago Business, June 2016
How to get a seat at a Michelin-starred restaurant? Try a tour
"Here's an idea: You could book a trip to France via Backroads, a California-based company specializing in cycling and active trips, where the reservation to the restaurant is booked and confirmed for you, guaranteed, along with your vacation."
Entrepreneur Magazine, May 2016
4 Tips for Fixing Mistakes
"Some companies even have a line item on their budget just for failures. Backroads is a Northern California–based touring company that leads 30,000 people a year on trips to places like Africa, Myanmar and Tuscany—where travel mishaps can quickly ruin a customer's trip. That's why CEO Tom Hale has set aside “hundreds of thousands of dollars” for refunds, which he has given out even if a problem wasn't Backroads' fault."
Men's Fitness, April 2016
Trips For Guys In Their 50's
"As part of Backroad's six-day Provence Active Gourmet Walking Trip, guests will get a crash course in making classic Provençal plates and tasting local favorite wines, including Côtes du Luberon. In between meals, walk off calories—anywhere from two to eight miles depending on your fitness level—to make room for your next feast."
Los Angeles Times, April 2016
Cruise News: Major cruise lines sail into lucrative adventure travel
"Some destinations fuel my sense of wanderlust: the Galápagos Islands, Mexico's Gulf of California, Alaska, the South Pacific and Antarctica, among them. Cruises to these destinations offer once-in-a-lifetime adventure and a chance to see remote beaches, hidden coves and fascinating wildlife."
New York Times, March 2016
8 Ways Cruise Options Are Expanding
"AmaWaterways joined with the active travel company Backroads to introduce biking, walking and hiking excursions on Danube sailings last year and will expand them to the Rhine, Rhone, Seine, Douro, Garonne and Mekong Rivers this year."
Men's Fitness, March 2016
10 Best Cycling Trips for Summer 2016
"Nothing screams rugged adventure more than the last frontier: Alaska. Let Backroads make this bucket-list trip a reality with a brag-worthy bike adventure that will change your street cred for life."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 2016
Cycling Acadia National Park and the Maine Coast
"It was very surprising to find myself singing the praises of the oil baron John D. Rockefeller while riding my bicycle this past fall, but that is exactly what happened on my cycling cruise through Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine. We used Backroads, a well-known bike tour operator, to guide us on this trip. Backroads provides very detailed route maps that have been carefully researched to ensure biker safety and enjoyment."
San Francisco Chronicle, February 2016
Pedaling the heartland of Cuba
"It's the first official American bicycling tour in Cuba.The question worth asking, and the reason I'm here along with 16 other Americans, is to find out if, at a time when U.S. travelers are yearning to know everything about this gradually accessible Caribbean country, it's a place you want to see from the seat of a bike. Will pedaling at a slower pace help in discovering what for the most part is terra incognita to us?"
Inc.com, February 2016
An Inside Look at How to Hire, Train, and Manage a Distributed Work Force
"Jeff Haden, Contributing Editor of Inc.com interviews Tom Hale, the founder and President of Backroads, the active travel company that hosts thousands of guests on biking, walking, hiking and multisport trips on over 180 worldwide itineraries."
U.S. News & World Report, February 2016
6 Top Vacations for Active Families
"For many families, it won't do to lounge on the beach while on vacation. But fortunately for adventurous families, there are a number of action-packed family holidays that encourage togetherness and well-being. Here are six top picks."
Get Lost Magazine, January 2016
From Every Angle; South Africa and Botswana
"If you can't decide whether you'd prefer to take to the African plains by foot, clamber into a saddle or quaff sundowners after witnessing a lion gorge on an antelope from the back of a 4WD, combine them all for the ultimate safari adventure."
New York Times, January 2016
Goodbye, Golf Clubs. Hello, Hiking Boots and Kayak
"Some people retire to golf courses. Others travel. And then there are those who enjoy physical challenges, traversing hiking trails, rivers and mountains: Huck Finn meets Grizzly Adams."
Fox News, January 2016
10 under-the-radar destinations for 2016
"Colombia is the only South American country with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Backroads' 7-day Colombia Walking & Hiking Tour hits many of the key spots..."
Forbes, January 2016
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
"Long ago, I met Tom Hale, founder of Backroads travel adventure company. He loved biking and photography and hated the idea of working behind a desk. So he launched a biking travel company and for years used his own photography in his company's exquisitely beautiful catalogs."
USA Today, December 2015
10 Journeys That Live Up To Their Destinations
"Want to avoid the crowds? Bike tours let you go at your own speed, and see sights up close and personally. Getting from point A to point B on your own power gives you a sense of accomplishment..."
Outside, November 2015
The 100 Best Places to Work in 2015
"Founded in 1979 as a cycle-tour company, Berkeley-based Backroads has since expanded to include hiking and multisport itineraries."
New York Times, October 2015
Resort and Cruise News: Discounts for Veterans, a Napa Valley Spa
"A Backroads and Coppola Collaboration: The adventure travel operator Backroads has adjusted its itineraries in Belize and Guatemala to book guests overnight at two Family Coppola Resorts, run by the filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola."
AFAR, October 2015
New Flight Routes, New Airplane Cabins, New Disney Pricing: The View from AFAR
"New joint trips from Coppola, Backroads: Guests on Central American multisport trips from Backroads soon will stay at two eco-friendly resorts from the Family Coppola Resorts, a hospitality company owned by acclaimed movie director Francis Ford Coppola."
Where Magazine, September 2015
Put the Pedal Down: 6 Biking Tours for Fall
"If you're looking to summit hills and counties of Irish countryside, welcome. One of Backroads Travel Company's most recognized and award-winning tours takes guests through the Beara Peninsula and into the gourmet city centers of Ireland."
Men's Fitness, September 2015
Cuba Travel: 5 Ways to Explore Cuba
"After more than half a century of being off-limits to Americans, Cuba has quickly become the hot spot to visit. Slow your roll with Backroads to get a closer look at why world-renown poets, like Ernest Hemingway, called this magical place home. Walk four to five miles a day, getting to know this country, from its deep ties to baseball to how cigars are handmade at a local tobacco farm."
AFAR, September 2015
These 9 Trends Prove That the Way We Travel Is Changing
"Biking is the new golf. Cycling appeals across generations, and more and more, travelers are looking for the vantage point that two wheels provide. Companies like Backroads specialize in custom-made trips that offer plenty of indulgence along with the exercise."
CNN.com, August 2015
Cycling vacation offers guilt-free gluttony
"It turns out that using a vacation as an opportunity to get fit isn't as bad an idea as it sounds. In fact, if you do the getting fit part alongside the eating part, the vacation is virtually guilt-free."
Forbes, July 2015
Luxury Active Travel With Backroads: Expertly Guided Bikes, Hikes & More
"When Tom Hale decided to launch a guided bike tour company in 1979, the concept was largely unknown in this country, and Hale was a one man operation: marketer, tour leader, mechanic, driver and cook. More than 35 years later, Hale still runs Backroads, but today the company is the best-known upscale active travel outfitter in the nation, if not the world, making vacation dreams come true for nearly 30,000 customers each year."
Wells Fargo Conversations, July 2015
5 Cycling Trips Destined to Be Classics
"Bicycling Magazine listed the Blue Ridge Parkway among its rides of a lifetime. Backroads recently launched a trip that runs from Asheville, North Carolina, to Greenville, South Carolina—both frequently named to various 'Best Cities' lists—with a visit to the Vanderbilt family's famed Biltmore Estate."
Adventure Collection, July 2015
When Are Kids Old Enough for an African Safari?
"Many tour operators recommend waiting until kids are least 8 or 9 years old in order to fully appreciate the experience and have the stamina—and sit-still-in-silence waiting skills—sometimes required to do so. But as I dug a little deeper, I discovered that's not the complete answer. What matters more than a child's age is the safari itself."
When Are Kids Old Enough for Kayaking Adventures?
"Even kids who cut their teeth on kayaking at the same time they were cutting teeth aren't necessarily ready for the paddling opportunities presented on an adventure tour. Before assuming you'll both get to enjoy the on-water experiences included in the journey, verify these important details."
New York Times, July 2015
Wednesday's Travel News and Tips: Family Travel For Older Children
"Most organized family-friendly trips cater to travelers with younger children, but the San Francisco-based active adventure company Backroads wants to entice older teens and 20-somethings to also vacation with their parents with its new Family Breakaway itineraries."
The Wall Street Journal, July 2015
The Perfect Adventurous (But-Not-Too-Much) Family Vacation
"Families take more physically active vacations than in the past. Backroads, the Berkeley, Calif.-based travel company that organizes the Sestaks' Yellowstone trip, incorporates activities, such as pickup soccer games with local children in Costa Rica, fencing lessons in France's Loire Valley and a boat regatta in Maine. "
Bicycling Magazine, June 2015
Are You Faster Than a Bobcat?
"A rookie on an e-bike joins his racer buddy for a six-day tour with the climbing equivalent of ascending Mount Kilimanjaro. What could possibly go wrong?"
The Wall Street Journal, May 2015
The Best River Cruises: See the World and Only Unpack Once
"You won't find standard fare on any of the 20 AmaWaterways ships. And AmaWaterways just launched a partnership with Backroads to pair biking trips with its river cruises on seven of its European and Asian itineraries"
Outside Magazine, April 2015
Croatia Backroads: One of the 6 Best Cycling Tours in Europe
"Backroads' six-day tour island hops from Brac to Hvar (the Cannes of Croatia) to Korcula. The leisurely length means there's plenty of time at the end of the day for a dip in the gorgeous blue-green sea."
Chicago Tribune, April 2015
Backroads teams up with river cruise line
"AmaWaterways recently announced an innovative partnership with respected guided-tour operator Backroads. On sailings beginning May 26, guests can book seven night/eight-day cruises, which will allow them to explore scenic cities and towns along the Danube by bike before returning to the ship each evening."
The Pulse, April 2015
Spring Travel Guide: Mind Trips
Solo travel is growing in popularity. According to Backroads' Liz Einbinder, “We find that getting out there and exploring the world is so much more fun when enjoying the camaraderie of other interesting, engaging and inquisitive folks."
Los Angeles Times, April 2015
Cruise News: Major cruise lines sail into lucrative adventure travel
"The European river cruise company AmaWaterways has teamed with Backroads Travel to offer river cruising combined with biking, walking and hiking tours along the Danube River."
Alaska Beyond, April 2015
National Treasures: Travelers Prize U.S. Parks for Outstanding Vacations
"Yosemite National Park: In addition, multisport/multiday tours with a bicycling component in the park are available from companies such as Backroads (backroads.com), which even has a family-tour option."
Travel Weekly, March 2015
Companies Partner to Offer River Cruise/Biking Vacations
"AmaWaterways and tour operator Backroads have partnered to create river cruise itineraries that include Backroads' biking, walking and hiking excursions. The alliance begins this year on 20 Danube River sailings and will be expanded throughout Europe and Asia in 2016."
Epicure & Culture, January 2015
Fusion Safaris: Top 12 Fitness And Food Vacations For 2015
"Explore Panama's beach, volcanoes, cloud forests and indigenous communities with Backroad's hiking and biking tour... Dining highlights include fish and seafood dishes on the coast, local beef and trout in Boquete and a visit to Panamonte restaurant, home to the award-winning Chef Charlie Collins."
TourMatters, December 2014
What's the Buzz on 2015?
"Mindful that not all 'children' are kids, Backroads has just launched Family Breakaway trips to appeal to their core travelers who may also be traveling with college-aged or 20-something children..."
USA Today, December 2014
Singles Vacations in the Bay Area
"Join a small group for a six-day walking tour through glorious wine country in Napa and Sonoma valleys. Backroads, a Berkeley-based California active tour operator, has singles-solos departures every week using premier wine country hotels..."
The Telegraph Platinum, November 2014
Time to Pack Your Bags and Yield to the Gypsy Within
"Up for some fancy footwork next summer? Sign up for the Walking and Hiking trip organised by US based luxury tour operator Backroads to the scenic mountains of Spain."
Men's Journal Magazine, November 2014
What Sports Gear is Worth the Baggage Check Price?
"Reputable outfitters like Backroads use their own custom-designed titanium bikes and you still have the option to pay a slightly higher fee to access an even lighter bike like the Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby. No surprise that only three percent of their clientele choose to bring their own bike."
The Boston Globe, November 2014
Before An Adventure Vacation, Get Your Body Ready
"Backroads offers a six-day multisport jaunt to Costa Rica, you'll sea kayak along the Pacific Coast, whitewater raft down the Río Savegre, take a naturalist-led hike to see the sloths, monkeys, and stick bugs of Manuel Antonio National Park, even try zip-lining atop the rain forest canopy."
San Francisco Chronicle, September 2014
Steeped in Tuscany's allure on a 2-wheel tour
"On this, our first full day of riding, we are biking through the area south of Siena, starting from our hotel in Bagno Vignoni and looping through the medieval towns of Montepulciano and Pienza. This is the Val d'Orcia, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004 solely for its scenic perfection. And indeed, it's like riding through a Renaissance painting of an idealized Tuscan landscape."
SmarterTravel.com, September 2014
Great Tour Companies with Service-Boosting Extras
Backroads: Turn Any Trip Private
"Backroads has been specializing in active travel for 35 years, fueled by the belief that the best way to see the world is to experience it with your senses...and your muscles... Backroads also offers guests traveling with eight or more family members or friends the chance to make any of its 2,500 yearly departures into a private trip."
NextAvenue.org, June 2014
Bicycle Vacations: Boomers' Latest Travel Trend
"As people over 50 opt for more active and adventurous vacations, two-wheelers are becoming a preferred vehicle to see the world, both here and abroad."
TravelPulse, June 2014
Soft Landing: From Aerospace Engineering to Tourguiding
"Liz Gauthier left a career in aerospace engineering for a life out in the open. Tourguiding is a delightfully odd profession, a form of employment that is off the standard grid, a refuge for dreamers, rebels and misfits..."
Travel+Leisure, May 2014
Best Adventure Travel Destinations 2014
"For the Tree Hugger: The Carolinas. The Backroads approach to Appalachia balances days pedaling through Southern landscapes..."
Virtuoso's Travel and Transport, April 2014
Three Dynamic Destinations
"From the Sorrentine Peninsula to Capri, the Amalfi Coast's breathtaking cliffs, deep blue water, and colorful buildings beckon. Backroads, the leading active travel company, ensures you experience Amalfi to the utmost..."
Bon Appétit, April 2014
5 Dream Cycling-Food Trips
"Two wheels (and in some cases, a passport) is all you need to get to many of the great restaurants of the world...Backroads Thailand Biking takes cyclists along an oxcart path through rice paddies and garlic fields."
Montreal Gazette, April 2014
A Magical ride in Hawaii
"Things I learned biking around the Big Island of Hawaii: If an island boasts three volcanoes, there will be hills. The terrain will vary from the arid and strangely beautiful moonscape of lava fields to lush and almost fecund greenery in the rainforest, in the same day... The staff of Backroads, who have been leading bikes trips since 1979, are exceptional in every way possible."
Fox News, March 2014
6 Out-of-the-Ordinary Ways to Experience the Holy Land
"The adventure travel company Backroads offers an eight-day Israel Biking trip through the Holy Land, departing from Tel Aviv and taking riders through the Golan Heights to Jerusalem. Biking through the region allows travelers to get up close and personal with the culture..."
USA Today, March 2014
11 Summer Jobs that Could Change Your Life
"Imagine spending your summer on an idyllic guest ranch in the old West, or paddling along the tranquil shores of Lake Superior, or riding in a helicopter through the wilds of Alaska. Sound appealing?"
Outside, March 2014
2014 Travel Awards: Best Bike Destination
"Runner-Up: Blue Ridge Mountains: The swath of 6,000-foot peaks in the Carolinas have winding roads, great food, and incredible views. In other words, it rivals anything overseas... Join an outfitted trip with Backroads Tours and let them handle the logistics, from hotels to the shuttle vehicle..."
Travel Savvy Mom, March 2014
7 Great Family Trips from Backroads
"We've asked all our sponsors to tell us about their best and most popular family trips, starting with the company that pretty much invented active travel: Backroads."
The Active Times, February 2014
11 Summer Jobs that Could Change Your Life
"Imagine spending your summer on an idyllic guest ranch in the old West, or paddling along the tranquil shores of Lake Superior, or riding in a helicopter through the wilds of Alaska. Sound appealing?"
Robb Report, February 2014
Ultimate Adventures: Road Rules
"Founded in 1979 by the cycling devotee Tom Hale, the California-based biking, hiking, and kayaking outfitter Backroads lives up to its name by hosting off-the-beaten-path adventures in such far-flung destinations as Bhutan, Cuba, and the Canary Islands."
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CNN Travel, January 2014
12 months, 12 amazing adventures
"Pedal through Tuscany with a five-night bike tour from Backroads. The verdant landscape, Medieval hilltop towns and Chianti wine tastings will take the edge off the rolling hills..."