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Who is Backroads?

Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been a leading innovator in active and adventure travel for over 40 years. The company offers biking, walking & hiking and multi-adventure tours, small ship active cruises, private trips and family trips designed for three distinct age groups: Teens & Kids (typically 9-16), Older Teens & 20s (17+) and 20s & Beyond (adult kids through their late 20s). Backroads hosts thousands of guests each year—75% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests—in hundreds of locations across the globe. 

Photo: Arriving at location with backroads


Choose from more than 200 unforgettable adventures in 65 countries worldwide throughout all 4 seasons. Backroads is perfect for Couples, Friends & Solos and Families. We also work in 22 USA National Parks for those domestic travellers looking to take advantage of staying closer to home.

Why Backroads?

At Backroads we truly cater to the complete range of abilities and interests of our guests, so everyone enjoys a trip that matches their fitness level, pace and style. We provide 3-4 leaders and multiple vans on trip to support your pace, from easygoing to active. We believe biking, hiking and multi-adventuring are the key to a richer, more fulfilling experience, and we promise: once you experience the magic of active travel, you’ll never want to adventure in any other way. Our Trip Leaders blend deep local knowledge, infinite talent and skill and a lot of heart to make your active adventure a personal, enriching, joyously fun experience you’ll never forget. From easygoing to avid—all activity levels are welcome.

Photo: Biking with Backroads


I can't imagine a better way to travel the world than under your own power and in the company of like-minded adventurers. Sure, Backroads provides superb accommodations and meals, amazing Trip Leaders and unforgettable local encounters. But whether you’re sticking with the group or breaking off on your own, all of our planning and support are ultimately aimed at one simple thing: giving you the flexibility you need to discover the world on your own terms.

Tom Hale, Founder & President

Photo: Rafting with the family - Backroads

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