The Backroads Philosophy

A Total Unforgettable Experience

Grand Canyon Backroads TripActivate Your Senses

Active travel is the difference between looking at life and living it. Stand spellbound on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon after a spectacular 40-mile bike ride. Breathe in the scent of rosemary as you hike to a Tuscan hill town. Listen to the chatter of monkeys overhead as you raft down a Costa Rican river. Rather than experiencing the world as if it were simply a museum with everything cased behind glass, Backroads invites you to experience the world with all of your senses. Get ready for a total unforgettable experience.

Trip Design MagicOur Trip Designers Create the Magic

With an average tenure of 17 years, our trip designers have the ideal balance of passion, intuition and high-level expertise to create truly remarkable experiences that provide an overall sense of journey while leaving you free to add your own unique imprint. During the hundreds of behind-the-scenes hours that go into crafting each itinerary, they find the right blend of activities to showcase the best of a region, creating a rich tapestry that you can explore as fully as you wish. Having all been Trip Leaders, they've seen firsthand what guests find most meaningful. And they work in close consultation with Tom Hale, who joins in scrutinizing the details to ensure each Backroads experience meets our gold standard for trip design.

Backroads Quality ControlWe Run Our Own Trips to Control Quality

A travel experience is not like a new bike—you can't give it a test ride. You have to be able to trust what the people providing that experience tell you. Unfortunately, we've seen too many examples of companies quietly subcontracting all aspects of their trips to others. We don't pay others to do the job we've promised we'll do for you.