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Take the Amtrak Auto Train!

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014

Take the Amtrak Auto Train!

  The web tagline for Backroad Planet is “Your Road Trip and Fly-Drive Travel Source.” One of our Twitter followers recently inquired, “What is a fly-drive?” I explained that a fly-drive is when you fly to a destination, rent a car, and take a road trip. For example, when Jerry and I visited Costa Rica, we flew into San José, rented a car, and drove around the country for a week visiting incredible locations such as Villa Hermosa and La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Although rental cars are...

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Free Download: The Ultimate Road Trip Planner Part 1

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014

Free Download: The Ultimate Road Trip Planner Part 1

  Announcing Backroad Planet’s FREE e-book, the first in our 3-part series on planning the ultimate road trip! The Ultimate Road Trip Planner Part 1: Pre-Planning will help you answer six important questions before you begin your travel research and write your road trip itinerary. Includes a handy pre-planning worksheet! Part 2: Research and Part 3: Itinerary coming soon! Sign up to receive our blog posts and newsletters via email and receive your free download. Privacy Guarantee: We will never share...

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Retro Roadtrip: Jamaica’s Dunn’s River Falls

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014

Retro Roadtrip: Jamaica’s Dunn’s River Falls

  Note: The following revised and annotated post is part of our Retro Roadtrip series. It is about a day trip from Montego Bay to Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios, Jamaica, with my sister Carla, my brother-in-law Todd, and my amazing nephew Nathan. They were living in Jamaica at the time, and I had flown down for a brief visit. The original version of this article was posted November 17, 2007, on my Nathan’s Uncle blog. When it comes to nature, there is no “best,” or “most...

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How to Hang a National Geographic World Map Mural

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014

How to Hang a National Geographic World Map Mural

  I have wanted my own National Geographic World Map Mural ever since I first saw one, which was probably in the late 1980s. When I started planning how I was going to redesign my home office space earlier this year, I knew the time had come to make my dream come true. The world map murals I had seen in the past were the traditional political map with blue oceans and multi-colored nations of the world.     Imagine my joy when I discovered that the world map mural was now available in an earth-toned...

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5 Elusive North Georgia Waterfalls

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014

5 Elusive North Georgia Waterfalls

  So my fall break week at Pinebox got off to a BANG! Literally . . . . Jim and Ken drove up from Atlanta Sunday evening to spend a couple of days like they always do, and we headed out Monday morning for a day of waterfall hikes, again like we always do. But we didn’t get far . . . . I started slowly backing out the mountain driveway looking behind with my arm on the passenger seat like I have done for eleven years, when suddenly we were jolted out of our bliss with a crash, sudden stop, and the...

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Original Travel Quote Memes #3: Autumn

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014

Original Travel Quote Memes #3: Autumn

  The third offering in our original travel quote memes series is dedicated to AUTUMN, my favorite season of the year. As before, some of the featured quotes are borrowed, but all of the designs are unique to our site. Although these quote memes are not uniquely travel related and can be enjoyed by anyone who loves the season, the fact remains, on a site dedicated to road travel, that my favorite time to hit the road is in the fall of the year. The third week of October is when I make my annual trek to...

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Retro Roadtrip: Appalachian Autumn Part 3

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014

Retro Roadtrip: Appalachian Autumn Part 3

  Note: The following revised and annotated post is part of our new Retro Roadtrip series. This 3-part post is about an autumn road trip I took by myself from Florida to Georgia and was originally posted November 15, 2008, on my Nathan’s Uncle blog.   On Saturday I drove over and ate lunch at the Unicoi State Park Lodge Restaurant near Helen, Georgia, and then made the short hike to Anna Ruby Falls.   Does this picture preach, or what?   Anna Ruby Falls     Then I drove over...

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Retro Roadtrip: Appalachian Autumn Part 2

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014

Retro Roadtrip: Appalachian Autumn Part 2

  Note: The following revised and annotated post is part of our new Retro Roadtrip series. This 3-part post is about an autumn road trip I took by myself from Florida to Georgia and was originally posted November 15, 2008, on my Nathan’s Uncle blog.   It would be safe to say that this time my mountain trip was all about hiking. When I am in the mountains I walk almost every day at Meeks Park in Blairsville. Like most of the parks I have visited in Georgia, it is impeccably maintained. It has a...

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Retro Roadtrip: Appalachian Autumn Part 1

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014

Retro Roadtrip: Appalachian Autumn Part 1

Note: The following revised and annotated post is part of our new Retro Roadtrip series. This 3-part post is about an autumn road trip I took by myself from Florida to Georgia and was originally posted November 10, 2008, on my Nathan’s Uncle blog.   I’m sure a lot can be said for springtime in the Rockies, but you can’t deny there is something special about autumn in the Appalachians. Every October I trek up to Pinebox, my North Georgia cabin, for my favorite time of year, and once again my...

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Fort Jefferson & Dry Tortugas National Park

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014

Fort Jefferson & Dry Tortugas National Park

  To call camping at Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park an adventure would be an understatement. Unless we get lucky again, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and looking back, it ranks among the most rare and memorable of our travel destinations. Our overnight camping trip at Fort Jefferson was part of a loop road trip from our home in Central Florida to Key West by way of three other South Florida National Parks: Everglades, Big Cypress, and Biscayne. Yes, that’s four National Parks in...

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Original Travel Quote Memes #2

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014

Original Travel Quote Memes #2

  The second offering in our original travel quote memes series is especially meaningful to us because it reflects our own past, present, and future. As before, some of the featured quotes are our own and others are borrowed, but all of the designs are unique to our site. We hope you will find some quotes here that speak to you, and we encourage you to Pin them, Tweet them, Instagram them, Facebook them, and otherwise fling them capriciously across cyberspace . . . .     These familiar lines from...

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5 Offbeat Florida Destinations

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014

5 Offbeat Florida Destinations

  There is nothing we love more than cruising the backroads of our amazing planet. And although we have roamed far and wide both here at home and abroad, there is no place we know better than our home state of Florida. For this post, we thought we would share some of the more eclectic, strange, and even spooky places we have encountered on our drives around the Sunshine State.   Solomon’s Castle   Jerry introduced me to Solomon’s Castle on one of those spur of the moment day trips we...

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About Us

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Two guys from Central Florida who enjoy adventure and discovery on the backroads. We prefer taking the scenic route, finding out-of-the-way historical sites, and local flavor in hole-in-the wall cafés and guesthouses. Budget travel and economy are definite factors in trip planning, but we are not afraid to splurge occasionally. We also enjoy national and state parks and collecting passport stamps along the way. We hope you can use our site to help plan your own adventures. Please contact us if we can assist you in any way.

Howard & Jerry

 

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