Media Mentions of Note
Backroads is regularly featured in local and national publications. Here are some of our favorite articles:
The Wall Street Journal, September 2019
The Group Trip for People Who Hate Group Trips
"In 2016, Backroads added new training for its guides on how to handle a “group within a group."
New York Times, September 2019
How Parents Can Stay Close to Grown-Up Children
“Next year, Backroads will introduce a “20s & Beyond” segment dedicated to parents traveling with their children in their 20s and 30s”
PBS News Hour, September 2019
These travel companies add climate-conscious options to your itinerary
“Part of the experience is engaging in the communities visited, and in the case of Backroads — a “Leave No Trace” food and recycling approach to support their minimal impact philosophy”
Wherever Family, September 2019
Backroads Offers New Adventure Travel Itineraries For adult Children
“Targeting parents traveling with adult kids in their 20s and early 30s, adventure travel company Backroads launched a 20 & Beyond segment”
Active Travels, August 2019
Backroads launches new 20's & Beyond trips for families with older kids
"Backroads options span the globe, but the ones that look most tantalizing to me are New Zealand Multi-Adventure, Greece Multi-Adventure, and Spain’s Mallorca and Menorca Bike Tour."
Chicago Tribune, July 2019
The honeymoon’s not over: a return to Sicily uncovers new reasons to fall in love with this alluring island
"The logistics of plotting a multi-day bike trip here seemed overwhelming, so we left that side of things to Backroads, an adventure travel company that runs cycling vacations around the world."
Avid Travel, June 2019
Bicycling Croatia with Backroads
"The central focus was “active adventures.” In fact, our trip was much less about the cruise than it was the exploration"
Road Runner Sports, May 2019
Yosemite's dramatic domes & waterfalls
"Welcome to Yosemite National Park: 761,266 acres of 'wow!'
Wherever Travel, May 2019
Age-appropriate fun with Backroads adventure travel
"Backroads, which has designed and led trips for families for more than 30 years, created these new age-specific products in response to a growing demand for active family travel, as well as requests from repeat guests who travel with Backroads as their kids grow."
In The Loop Travel, May 2019
Multi-Sport adventure cruise in New Zealand is a Backroads' gem
"...as I made plans to go to New Zealand for my very first visit, I wanted to make sure to do it right. For me, that meant it would be as part of a Backroads active cruise."
Chicago Tribune, April 2019
Bourbon and bikes: discovering Kentucky's distilleries on a cycling adventure
"If you’d rather leave the planning and logistics to someone else, the active travel company Backroads offers a five-day guided bike trip"
Avid Travel, April 2019
Active cruising with Backroads
"Learn about Backroads active ocean and river cruise trips from this podcast."
Bicycling Magazine, February 2019
7 amazing cycling tours that should be on your bucket list
"Traverse the Carolinas, climb the Blue Ridge Mountains, and experience Southern Appalachian culture with Backroads, a 40-year-old company known for its upscale, active trips."
Inc. Magazine, January 2019
The power of people: how Backroads became the world's largest adventure travel company (with nearly perfect guest ratings)
"Need to learn how to hire, train, and manage a highly distributed, nearly autonomous workforce? Backroads might be the perfect role model."
Chicago Tribune, January 2019
It's national plan for vacation day, and we've got some ideas about where to go
"The Berkeley, Calif.- based outfitter has added a yoga option to many of its 2019 trips too."
Shape Magazine, January 2019
The best bike tours around the world to add to your travel bucket list
"Backroads' six-day cycling tour winds through lush olive groves and idyllic farmlands, and along the azure coastline of the Adriatic Sea."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 2018
Former Wisconsin Olympian travels the world as a Backroads bicycle tour guide
"Dudek said working year-round as a bicycling guide for Backroads has turned out to be as much a lifestyle as it is a job."
LA Times, December 2018
No better time than fall or winter for hiking in and around Palm Springs
"There are plenty of trails, from easy to strenuous, in this corner of the Sonoran Desert."
Considerable.com, December 2018
5 last-minute trips that will help you escape the holidays
"Now’s your chance to see bison lumbering across the icy landscape, otters fishing in semi-frozen streams and maybe even catch a glimpse of a cautious gray wolf."
Forbes, December 2018
10 best new adventures for 2019
"This is a chance to stay active while viewing some of the most dramatic wildlife on the planet."
Departures, November 2018
Picturesque biking routes through Europe perfect for any adventure traveler
"Endless turquoise Mediterranean vistas and deserted back roads have put Mallorca on the radar as a new cycling hotspot."
Thrive Global, October 2018
Viva Cuba! On a Bike, Off the Grid"The Backroads Cuba Biking Tour covers 160 miles in the northwestern region of the island including Viñales National Park, La Güira National Park, Cayo Jutias, the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, and Fusterlandia."
Iconic, October 2018
Five Ways to Go Leaf Peeping New England Style
"The luxury Backroads cycle tour through the quintessential Vermont fall landscape is a chance to get back to nature and enjoy iconic Americana."
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."
Virtuoso Life, October 2018
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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 "
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. "