Backroad Planet is a road trip and fly-drive travel site, and we are two guys from Central Florida who believe taking scenic routes, scouting offbeat sites, stopping at roadside attractions, and immersing ourselves in local flavor are the best ways to travel. Whether it be road trips across America or fly-drives to international destinations, we encourage you to use resources at Backroad Planet to plan your own adventures. Please contact us if we can assist you in any way.

Catch you on the backroads . . . .
Howard & Jerry


Celebrate Christmas Year Round in Santa Claus, Indiana

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus, Indiana!     Offbeat, quirky, or downright strange attractions always get our attention, but sometimes we discover destinations that create a category of their own. Following our Southern Indiana Road Trip... read more

Visit 3 Natural Waterfalls in Florida

Most people have no clue, but there are three natural waterfalls in Florida you can visit not too far off the beaten path: Falling Creek Falls, Falling Waters State Park, and Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park.     I love waterfalls! They... read more

Portugal in Panorama: An Annotated Photo Gallery

A photographic collection, with commentary, of 22 Portuguese locations captured with the Apple iPhone camera.   Lisbon   It was my honor to join a select group of 22 travel writers, photographers, PR executives, and social media influencers... read more

Searching the World for Corrie Ten Boom

My search across 4 continents for Corrie ten Boom, a watchmaker’s daughter who rescued hundreds of Dutch Jews from death during the Holocaust.     Corrie ten Boom Corrie ten Boom was a watchmaker’s daughter, who herself became the first female... read more

A Southern Indiana Road Trip

Southern Indiana surprises with a museum, monastery, mill, movie location, and much, much more. The drive south from Bloomington was pretty much what I expected. Highways and backroads winding their way through iconic Midwestern cornfields, interrupted sporadically by... read more

30+ North American Bucket List Destinations

Bloomington, Indiana, was the host city for the 2015 Travel Media Showcase. This visibly progressive college town made me feel not just welcomed, but right at home. And the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center was a perfectly-sized venue for the event,... read more

24 Viking River Cruise Insider Tips

Exclusive tips from Viking River Cruise Explorer Society members to help make your European journey the cruise of a lifetime!   Note: These Viking River Cruise insider tips apply to European river cruises. They may or may not apply to other Viking Cruises around... read more

Original Travel Quote Memes #4

And, we are at number four in our series of Original Travel Quote Memes. I just verified the date of our last travel meme post, and it was nine months ago. I did not realize it had been that long. The creation of these memes is quite organic. Typically, when I come... read more

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