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Backroads Leads Industry In Family Trip Options

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Posted: April 7, 2017

Backroads Leads Industry In Family Trip Options with Nearly 450 Departures This Summer

Most Popular Family Travel Destinations – US National Parks, Family Camping Trips, and Europe Top the Charts 

Backroads, the world’s leading active travel company, announced today the most popular summer travel destinations for families – Alaska, Yellowstone & the Tetons, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and Italy’s Dolomites top the list.  The trend of immediate and extended families traveling together continues to grow, as families of all ages look to collect shared authentic experiences, while also doing more with limited vacation time. This summer Backroads is leading the industry with nearly 450 family trip departures. This summer’s top-selling Backroads trips include easily accessible domestic destinations for those looking for an immersive vacation that is a quick flight or short drive from home.  Following last year’s centennial celebrations in the US National Parks, the company’s camping trips continue to sell well. The strong US dollar is also positively impacting growth in Europe with must-see regions like the Loire Valley, and off-the-beaten path destinations, including Sweden are trending hotter than ever.

Backroads top trips in the US this summer include:

  • Alaska

    Family: Alaska’s Prince William Sound to Denali Multisport Adventure Tour

    Family Breakaway: Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Adventure Tour

  • Utah & Arizona

    Family and Family Breakaway: Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Multisport Adventure Tour

  • Yellowstone & Tetons

    Family: Discover the Wonders of Wyoming’s Wild Preserves Multisport Adventure Tour

    Family Breakaway: Exploring the Wyoming Wilderness Walking & Hiking Tour

For families looking to travel internationally, Backroads offers many departures from European gateway cities for easy travel and extended stays on either end of a trip.

European top-selling Backroads trips include: 

  • Croatia

    Family: 101 Ways to Play in Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands Multisport Tour

    Family Breakaway: From Split to Dubrovnik via Croatia’s Island Paradise Bike Tour

  • Iceland

    Family: Exploration at the Edge of the Arctic Circle Multisport Adventure Tour

    Family Breakaway: Coastal Fishing Villages of Northern Iceland Walking & Hiking Tour

  • Spain and Portugal

    Family: From Barcelona to Catalonia’s Peaks & Beaches Bike Tour

    Family Breakaway: A Taste of Camino de Santiago Walking & Hiking Tour

  • Switzerland

    Family: Massif Thrills in the Swiss Alps Multisport Adventure Tour

    Family Breakaway: A Summer Adventure in the Swiss Alps Walking & Hiking Tour

“There is something very special about the tradition of family summer trips. Not only are they a chance to explore and discover new or favorite locations, but they are also a chance for families to spend unforgettable quality time together,” said Tom Hale, Backroads founder and president. “Our goal at Backroads is to enable people to take full advantage of their vacation time and not sweat any of the details.  In many cases we have spent years in these regions and know the most beautiful hikes, the best bike rides, and which campground has the most spectacular view. We offer family trips people often dream of, but in reality know they are typically too difficult to plan on their own.”

The leader in the family travel, Backroads has been designing active vacations for almost 40 years and offers Family Trips for kids of all ages all the way up to older teens and 20-somethings. With daily route options and a range of activities, including those designed just for kids, Backroads adventures are geared toward multigenerational travelers and for families of mixed ages, interests, and abilities. The company emphasizes fun, dynamic and safety-focused travel crafted to immerse guests in a place and culture with authentic interactions and highly skilled leaders.

Backroads has nearly 450 family and family breakaway (designed for families with older teens and twenty-something aged kids) departures available this summer, including options for private trips. Trip Consultants help match families with kids of similar ages and provide details on activity age restrictions and recommendations. The company is having a record-breaking summer and trips are filling up fast. For more information on Backroads Family and Family Breakaway Trips, visit. or call 1-800-462-2848.


Backroads ( was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been in business for more close to 40 years. The company hosts thousands of guests, 75% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests, in hundreds of locations across the globe. Backroads is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific time.