Backroads Seeing Big Growth in Walking & Hiking Trips

Backroads Seeing Big Growth in Walking & Hiking Trips
In 2017, the segment saw faster growth than any other activity – with Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking & Hiking Tour topping the list. Backroads also offers Multisport Trips that combine walking and hiking with other activities, including biking, kayaking or rafting in locations like Iceland, Yellowstone & Tetons, and the Canadian Rockies, which have consistently ranked in the top 10 best-selling trips for Backroads in the past two years. Additionally, the Taste of Camino de Santiago Walking & Hiking Tour is the most requested custom itinerary for private group travel.

The active travel industry has grown considerably in the past decade, reflecting the desire of many travelers to have unique experiences and incorporate adventure and fitness into their vacations. A walking and hiking journey offers Backroads’ guests the opportunity to more intimately see and connect with the environment, culture and people, and observe everyday life in a more authentic way. Secondly, in addition to its effects on aerobic and muscle strength, studies have consistently shown the health benefits of walking to be greatly significant: improving blood pressure and bone density, decreasing the risk of heart disease, and alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.

With a quarter century of expertise on the trail, Backroads delivers on its commitment to creating more flexible itineraries for all paces and abilities with an industry-leading six-to-one guest-to-leader ratio and guaranteed van support on all Walking & Hiking trips.

Backroads Top 2017 Walking & Hiking Trips

Top US Walking & Hiking Trips in 2017
California Wine Country Active Culinary Walking Tour
Maui & Lanai Walking & Hiking Tour
Arizona: Sedona Walking & Hiking Tour

Top International Walking & Hiking Trips in 2017
Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking & Hiking Tour
Iceland Walking & Hiking Tour
Dolomites Hut-to-Hut Hiking Tour
Provence to Costa Brava Walking & Hiking Tour
Amalfi Coast Walking & Hiking Tour
Mallorca Walking & Hiking Tour
A Taste of Camino de Santiago Walking & Hiking Tour

Most Popular Multisport Trips
Iceland Multisport Adventure Tour
Yellowstone & Tetons Multisport Adventure Tour
Canadian Rockies Multisport Adventure Tour
Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Multisport Adventure Tour
Alaska Multisport Adventure Tour

Top Multisport Trips for Families
Dolomites Multisport Adventure Tour
Dalmatian Coast Multisport Adventure Tour
Hawaii’s Big Island Multisport Adventure Tour
Costa Rica Multisport Adventure Tour

To prepare for a trip, Backroads recommends walking and hiking regularly and including a few hills if possible. Trip Experts at Backroads also emphasize quality footwear and generally suggest light hikers as a good option for most trails and to break them in well before departing for a trip. In addition to providing hiking poles for each guest, Backroads offers unparalleled support on all Walking & Hiking Tours with multiple trip leaders, vans, trail options and more.

For more information on Backroads Walking & Hiking and Multisport Trips, visit or call 1-800-462-2848.