Set Your Own Pace

Turn off your phones, turn down your "planner's" mind, and let us take care of everything so you can experience a journey back to yourself and into a new place that inspires. While you establish your own tempo, your traveling companion may have a different pace, and so will the other guests. That's why we design Backroads trips to be incredibly flexible. Each morning you decide exactly what you want to do that day, and how much time you want to spend doing it.

ACTIVITY LEVELS

Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do.

Biking

Activity Level Average Time Distance Max Elevation Gain
Level 1 2-3 hours 8-22 miles Up to 1000 feet
Level 2 2-4 hours 18-32 miles Up to 2200 feet
Level 3 3-5 hours 26-42 miles Up to 3400 feet
Level 4 4-6 hours 36-54 miles Up to 4400 feet
Level 5 5-7+ hours 48-70+ miles Over 4400+ feet

See each trip page for detailed day-by-day route descriptions.
E-bikes reduce the time and effort required for each biking level.
For our few trips that utilize mountain bikes, distances are shorter. Our mountain bikes use wider tires more appropriate for the terrain.

View regional availability of our full bike fleet.
 

Walking & Hiking

Activity Level Average Time Distance Max Elevation Gain
Level 1 2-3 hours 2-5 miles Up to 800 feet
Level 2 2-4 hours 4-7 miles Up to 1300 feet
Level 3 3-5 hours 5-9 miles Up to 2000 feet
Level 4 4-6 hours 6-11 miles Up to 3000 feet
Level 5 5-7+ hours 7-13+ miles Up to 4000+ feet

See each trip page for detailed day-by-day route descriptions.

* Over 95% of Backroads guests on scheduled trips travel with three Backroads trip leaders or support staff, and two or more vehicles. We even add a fourth leader for meet and move days on some of our most logistically complex trips with the most guests to ensure everyone enjoys the best possible support. On less than 5% of scheduled trips, the number of guests is small enough that we can maintain our trademark high service standards with just two leaders and one van.