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    Backroads in the News

Backroads is regularly featured in local and national publications. Here are some of our favorite articles:


Thrive Global
Thrive Global, October 2018

Viva Cuba! On a Bike, Off the Grid

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Iconic
Iconic, October 2018

5 New Ways to Leaf Peep and Enjoy This Stunning Fall

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Forbes
Forbes, October 2018

Backroads & Tom Hale: 40 Years of Adventure
"Backroads has been the world’s largest active travel company since pretty much forever. Founded in 1979 by Tom Hale, the company has become synonymous with hiking, biking and walking vacations."

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Virtuoso Life
Virtuoso Life, October 2018

Pedal Pose
"Professional cyclists rave about the benfits of yoga for the sport. . . . Backroads recently added guided hatha-style sessions to a number of its 2019 biking tours."

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Virtuoso LIfe
Virtuoso Life, September 2018

Chain Reaction—Biking with Backroads in Croatia and Slovenia
"'I like to ride a bike on these trips,' says Virtuoso travel advisor Mary Walker of Keller, Texas, who frequently recommends Backroads to active clients and families."

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Forbes
Forbes, August 2018

Backroads Family Trips Are the Best Way To Share The World
"Backroads has long been recognized as an amazing adventure company.... I recently discovered that it is also one of the best family adventure companies."

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New York Times
New York Times, July 2018

Five Active African Getaways for Travelers Looking to Explore on Foot
"If you’re looking to experience the natural beauty and wildlife many African nations have to offer, but get up close and personal, these getaways are great options."

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Departures Magazine - United Airlines
Departures Magazine, July 2018

Why You Should Plan a Cycling Adventure Through Cuba
"I left feeling like I had not just seen Cuba, I'd truly experienced it."

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Forbes
Forbes, July 2018

5 Amazing Bike Vacations For Every Taste And Budget
"I loved the guides and meals on the last Backroads trip I did, and their take on wine country spans both Napa and Sonoma and falls into their highest tier of lodging quality, “Premiere,” with stays at properties such as the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Hotel Healdsburg."

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New York Times
New York Times, June 2018

5 Tips to Enjoy a Tween- and Teen-Friendly Vacation
"Booking one can take the stress away from the planning, and your child or children will be surrounded by others their age."

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Forbes
Forbes, June 2018

Hiking And Yoga, Biking And Yoga - Your Active Vacations Just Got Better
"One of the very best active tour operators is Backroads, a pioneer in the space, which has been running first-class cycling, hiking and multi-sport trips around the world since 1979, is still run by its founder."

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Mr Porter
Mr. Porter, June 2018

Seven Stunning Cycling Tours
"Backroads was the first US travel company to offer road cycling trips in Cuba, and its week-long Cuba Bike Tour is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the country."

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Maxim Magazine
Maxim Magazine, June 2018

8 EPIC CYCLING TOURS FOR THE ULTIMATE WORLD ADVENTURER
"This six-day escapade organized by Backroads kicks off in stylish Stockholm before wrapping up in Copenhagen, Denmark's effortlessly cool capital city."

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AFAR
AFAR, May 2018

Intimate Inns That Take Guests off the Beaten Path and Onto a Bike
An eight-night, 106- to 154-mile cycling and hiking trip through Rajasthan with Backroads explores Brahmin temples, centuries-old forts and citadels, the indigo-washed city of Jodhpur, and ancient caravan routes through the dramatic Thar Desert."

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New York Times
New York Times, May 2018

Seeing a City the Old-Fashioned Way: One Step at a Time
"In March, the company (Backroads) reported that its walking and hiking segment more than tripled in size over the last five years — and it expects the numbers to continue to climb. This year alone it has new walking and hiking trips in Croatia and Slovenia; the Italian, French and Swiss Alps; Maine, Morocco, Namibia and Zimbabwe, Portugal, Provence and the French Riviera, and Scotland."

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Forbes
Forbes, May 2018

The Best Bike Companies Give You the Best Bikes
"America’s largest and best-known bike tour operator is famed for the quality of its guides and for finding exceptional food, but they also just upped the ante on hardware in a big way."

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AFAR
AFAR, May 2018

Traveler's Choice Awards 2018: The Top Trips for Every Traveler
Backroads Croatia and Slovenia Bike Tour voted as BEST BIKE TOUR. "Trade the confines of a car for the freedom of a bike on this road trip from Ljubljana to Trieste."

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Wine Dine and Travel Magazine
Wine Dine & Travel Magazine, May 2018

Pedaling Through Cuba
Journalist Brian Clark went on our new Cuba bike tour and wrote a trip log about the day-to-day activities.

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Virtuoso
Reader's Digest, April 2018

13 Best Bike Tours You Can Take Around the Country
"Experience the blue and green majesty of Big Sky country on Montana's Going-to-the-Sun Road. Continue on Backroads' six-day tour of two national parks as the route winds past carved valleys and bucolic flats, ascending on the third day to Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada."

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Virtuoso
Virtuoso, April 2018

Best Family Trips: Swiss Alps
"Such are the memorable, out-of-the-box moments a parent hopes for when planning a summer vacation. It’s also the type of experience we anticipated when we booked this six-day family multisport Switzerland tour with Backroads, one of only a few tour providers that design adventures specifically for families with older kids."

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Fox News
Fox News, April 2018

National Bike Month: How to Celebrate this May
"Have a tropical biking adventure through the rolling hills of Hawaii, travel by river cruise to bike through Portugal’s history and delicious cuisine or ride along the breathtaking coast of Southern France."

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Bosotn Globe
Smarter Travel, April 2018

Are E-Bikes the Best or Worst Thing to Happen to the Bicycle Tours?
"...e-bikes are enabling people with different interests and activity levels to enjoy the same trip together."

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Bosotn Globe
Smarter Travel, April 2018

The 9 Best European Tours for 2018
"Far from the bustling crowds of Venice and Rome, this trip from Backroads takes you on a cycling trip through the less-traveled region of Puglia, located in the heel of Italy’s boot."

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Travel Weekly
Travel Weekly, April 2018

Backroads Debuts Wrangell-St. Elias Adventures
"Classic and family-friendly versions of the six-day, five-night Alaska Multi-Adventure Tour in Wrangell-St. Elias tailor experiences to guests' ages and interests, while introducing them to outdoor adventures, scenic highlights and storied park sites."

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AFAR
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."

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Local Palate
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."

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Bosotn Globe
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. "

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Fox Arizona
Fox, January 2018

Traveling Solo on a Backroads Vietnam Trip—Do Something by Yourself Even If It’s Risky.

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Chicago Tribune
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. "

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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. "

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In the Loop Travel
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. "

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Private Clubs
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. "

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Afar
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. "

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Chicago Tribune
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. "

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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. "

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Huffington Post
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."

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KGO
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 "

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Baltimore Sun
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. "

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Chicago Tribune
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. "

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Traveil Weekly
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. "

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Active Travels
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. "

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