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.


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

  Your ideal day consists of... Per day:
Dolce Tempo An easygoing adventure–relaxed routes on walking trips and e-bikes for everyone on biking and multi-adventure trips.
Level 1 A short walk or ride on level terrain, and if it gets hilly, plenty of pause to enjoy the scenery.

Activity time 2-3 hours

2-5 miles
8-22 miles
Level 2 Enjoying moderate activity and still having plenty of time to relax each day.

Activity time 2-4 hours

4-7 miles
18-32 miles
Level 3 Lively hiking and biking routes on rolling terrain–and bring on a long climb or two as well!

Activity time 3-5 hours

5-9 miles
26-42 miles
Level 4 An invigorating day on the trail or in the saddle, enjoying big climbs and long distances!

Activity time 4-6 hours

6-11 miles
36-54 miles
Level 5 Pushing myself! Savoring epic hikes, world-class climbs and full days in the great outdoors.

Activity time 5-7+ hours

7-13+ miles
48-70+ miles

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.

*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.