SOURCE: Backroads


January 22, 2014 09:01 ET

Romance Blooms in the "Backroads": Active Travel Company Names Top Five Romantic Destinations in Honor of Valentine's Day

More Than 200 Anniversaries Celebrated on Backroads Active Travel Vacations During 2013

BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 22, 2014) - While popular television shows Survivor and The Amazing Race have shown romance blooming in exotic locales, Backroads, the leading active travel company, offers exciting travel experiences all over the world for everyday romantics of all ages. Based on trips over the past year, Backroads ranks the top five most romantic active travel vacations as the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Loire Valley, California Wine Country and Northern Spain (Costa Brava/Pyrenees).

During 2013, the company reported that more than 200 couples celebrated their anniversaries while on a Backroads trip and some 20 couples chose to spend their honeymoons in a more active way in destinations such as Peru, Loire Valley, Ireland and China. Other destinations trending upwards for romantic travelers are Turkey, Iceland, Mallorca and the U.S. National Parks such as Glacier National Park.

It is not only the guests that enjoy pairing a little romance with active travel -- Backroads has counted 50 marriages among its employees as the environment provides ample time working together leading trips and exploring the world.

"We are honored to play a role in helping to bring couples together and enjoy amazing shared experiences, whether they're celebrating the beginning of their marriages or their 50th anniversary," said Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale. "We find many couples start as guests with us and then return again as they transition into family travel experiences. With so many trips to choose from, we are always adding new destinations along with the all time favorites."

About Backroads

Backroads (, founded in 1979 by Tom Hale, offers the most destinations, itineraries and annual departures in the active travel industry. Each year, the company hosts thousands of guests in hundreds of locations across the globe, 80% of whom are repeat guests or referrals. Backroads has been in business for more than 35 years, is a founding member of the Adventure Collection and, in 2013, was named one of the top 100 places to work by Outside magazine. For more information, please visit or call 800-GO-ACTIVE (800-462-2848) daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific Time.

Contact Information