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Explore, discover and connect with the world. Choose from Biking, Hiking, Multisport & Family trips worldwide.

Tom Hale, Backroads founder and president, built Backroads with his passion for exploring the world’s most fascinating places actively. Thirty five years later, each Backroads employee and legions of loyal travelers could not imagine a better way to travel—immersing yourself in the life of a region and exploring hidden corners while enjoying the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling under your own power. These are experiences you cannot have behind the wheel of a car, or on a train or a tour bus, or in a few excursions from a cruise ship or a secluded resort. Active travel is, at its heart, a way of connecting more authentically with the world. Sure, Backroads provides superb accommodations and meals, and opportunities you could never arrange on your own. But all of our comprehensive planning and support is aimed at something far simpler: bringing you the immediate, highly personal satisfaction of discovering a new world on your own terms.
Their Tours

Coast to Coast on Magical Crete

6 Days Moderate
Beaches, deep mountain gorges and vestiges of great civilizations. Like a gift from the gods, Crete is a cyclist's paradise. Pedal quiet roads on the outskirts of bustling port towns. Bike to the top of every climb. Or savor tranquil moments at seaside cafés. And soak up Crete's legendary ...

Alsace & Black Forest Biking

6 Days
It's full of familiar names like Black Forest, Gewürztraminer, Rhine, Strasbourg and Colmar. But have you ever tasted perfectly chilled Riesling after climbing the steep hills to Ribeauvillé or stopped at a streetside café in 500-year-old Riquewihr? Have you ever watched red clay rooftops of ...

Yellowstone & Tetons Family Multisport

6 Days
In Yellowstone and the Tetons, the West is still wild. Geysers gush. Mud pots bubble. Old Faithful shoots skyward. Spectacular sawtooth peaks reach to the open sky. Bison and moose graze amid lodgepole pines. Osprey camp out atop awesome pinnacles. Meadows burst with mountain bluebells and ...

San Juan Islands Family Multisport

6 Days
We've found our rhythm. Our paddle strokes are in sync (well, mostly). So are our faces, full of big smiles. And our state of being, totally relaxed and content. The sun is shining. The water sparkling. And a seal just popped his whiskered nose up next to our kayak. Below us are thriving kelp ...

Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Multisport

6 Days
You have to wonder. What did the first people think when they saw it? The Grand Canyon. The immensity of the chasm, plunging more than a mile at its deepest. Rocks nearly two billion years old. The vastness of the sun-soaked plateaus. Are the outcrops really those colors? The Colorado River ...

Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Family Multisport

6 Days
Hovering hoodoos. Walter's Wiggles. Spindly spires. Kids in giggles. Seems right out of Dr. Seuss. But this fantastical world exists. Right here. In the Southwest. You'll rub your eyes. Once. Maybe twice. To believe the whimsical rock formations. The spectacular views. The red and orange and ...

Zion & Snow Canyon Multisport Tour

5 Days
Snow Canyon State Park and Zion National Park set an incredible stage for our adventure in southwest Utah. Sculpted and scoured over hundreds of millions of years, these lands reveal the depths of geologic time with dramatic clarity. Soaring sandstone walls and monoliths. Deep fissures and vast ...

Charleston to Savannah Multisport

6 Days
Sometimes, you just need to slow down. Look around. Take a deep breath. Capture the rich scent of jasmine or striking beauty of a blossoming magnolia. Bike under shady live oaks, draped in Spanish moss. Strike up a conversation, a glass of sweet tea in hand. Kayak, delighting in the majestic ...

Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multisport Tour

6 Days
Things feel different here. Vast. Limitless. Pure. I feel different here. Humbled before those immense mountains. Under that endless sky. But also strong. Alive. Inspired. Can't remember the last time I felt so clear-headed - must be the fresh air and exercise - or when we had so much fun ...

Everglades to Key West Multisport Tour

6 Days
In the water. Over the water. Under it and around it. Adventuring in Florida's Everglades and the Keys, this is where you'll be for one glorious week - and loving every minute of it. You'll traipse right through it in the Everglades, amid lush grasses, epiphytes and a labyrinth of centuries-old ...

Yosemite Multisport Tour

6 Days
"No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life...their feet among beautiful groves and meadows, their brows in the sky..." With apologies to John Muir, no words can capture the grandeur of Yosemite. It's a place that must be experienced to ...

San Francisco to Monterey Multisport Tour

6 Days
It's always wise to see the forest for the trees. But these trees? Possibly unlike any you've seen before. Hiking beneath towering Pacific Coast redwoods is one of those experiences that makes a big impression. And that's just the beginning. On foot and two wheels, discover endless miles of ...

San Juan Islands Bike Tour

6 Days
It's so close, you can smell it. Sharp, fresh, invigorating. The sea air permeates every scene. San Juan harbors dappled with sunlight, sailboats flitting across the deep blue Puget Sound water. Washington State Ferries, bigger and more majestic than you've imagined, sound their call, the ...

Vermont Bike Tour

6 Days
Cool mornings, warm colors, rolling hills invite you. Round the corner and you're high above in the Green Mountains. Around the next, quiet farmlands. Taste the maple. Savor the brilliant foliage. Hear the hum of your wheels on the timber of a covered bridge. Take a break in Stowe, Warren ...

Moab & Canyonlands Bike Tour

5 Days
The canyonlands of southern Utah stretch across the Colorado Plateau like an enormous wind-scoured sculpture garden. Soaring sandstone spires tinged in brilliant orange and red. Intricate canyon labyrinths in a million crimson variations. Around every delicate arch, behind each massive monolith, ...

Bryce & Zion Bike Tour

6 Days
Riders love a challenge. Long climbs. Rugged descents. Switchbacks. And with every worthwhile challenge comes a reward. Yours will be paid in the form of breathtaking canyons, incredible rock formations and a whole lot of downhill. See the setting sun change the landscape before your eyes ...

Texas Hill Country Bike Tour

5 Days
If, as John Steinbeck put it, "Texas is a state of mind," we're happy to let our minds wander awhile in the Hill Country. Cooled by gentle breezes and colored by acres of springtime wildflowers, it's a region of lush woodsy hills more typical of Tuscany than the Lone Star State. Where legendary ...

Asheville to Greenville Bike Tour

5 Days
"Around every bend, it seems, awaits another enticing vista, whether it's a hawk's eye view of a river valley, a peaceful pasture crowded with cows, or a tree-covered peak," raves Smithsonian. Welcome to the cycling epicenter of the eastern seaboard. And welcome to this incredible trip, a ...

Santa Fe & Taos Bike Tour

6 Days
Where else can you ride the back roads between three distinct cultures housed for 1,000 years in small villages secreted away in red cliffs, deep river gorges and piñon-scented forests. New Mexico, a land of enchantment that inspired luminaries such as Georgia O'Keeffe. Vast cloudless skies ...

Glacier & Waterton Lakes Biking

6 Days
You know they call it Big Sky. But somehow you're still amazed by how "big" it is. You question why you don't live closer to the mountains. You enjoy hours of scenic roads and the sound of your wheels spinning. You finally understand what the Continental Divide is all about. You race someone to ...

Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket

5 Days
It'll be early on. You'll round a corner on one of the beach roads, maybe in 'Sconset or Aquinnah. And it will hit you. The quiet. The open Atlantic pulsing on the shore. Sea birds above and a beach breeze rustling the dunes. It gives you that "I'm never going back" feeling where you imagine ...

Maine Family Bike Tour

5 Days
Beehive Mountain. Egg Rock. Otter Cliffs. Oreo cows. Cranberry Isles. Just hearing the names makes you smile. And wait 'til you get here. There's so much to smile about. Incredible views of Penobscot Bay from Cadillac Mountain. Historic lighthouses. Scaling granite! Picking wild blueberries ...

Maine Bike Tour

5 Days
Maine's beauty lies in its rawness. Fresh tart blueberries growing wild on the side of the road. Hills rising from the rocky shores of Camden. Winding roads built centuries ago that hug the shore connecting village to village. Morning mist on Penobscot Bay. But in between the ruggedness lies the ...

Wine Country Weekend

3 Days
Three days never felt so good. Or so luxuriously long. Napa Valley to Alexander Valley, on to Dry Creek and Russian River. Oak-speckled mountains. Winding, endless roads of manicured vineyards. Healdsburg's blend of farm-town friendliness and urban sophistication. A bounteous lunch alfresco ...

Wine Country Bike Tour

6 Days
Valleys of world-famous vineyards. Forests of soaring redwoods. Quiet pastoral landscapes. And the dramatic Pacific Coast. They could be four separate adventures, but they're not. This is Northern California. For some it's like a pilgrimage. For others, a retreat. For you it's a remarkable week ...

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