Welcome to Backroad Planet!
I’m Howard, a guy from Central Florida who believes taking scenic routes, scouting historical sites, and immersion in local flavor are the best ways to travel. Whether it be road trips across America, fly-drives to international destinations, or cruises on the mighty waters, I invite you to use Backroad Planet’s destination stories, travel guides, and planning resources to design your own adventures. Please contact me if I can assist you in any way.
Catch you on the backroads . . . .
Immerse yourself in history on a tour of the Alamo & San Antonio Missions NHP. Then elevate your visit with a stroll along the River Walk and a drive out to China Grove.
Experience the life of President Lyndon Baines Johnson at LBJ Ranch State Park, Johnson National Historical Park, and other locations in the Texas Hill Country.
On a McKinney Falls State Park camping trip, plunge into an Austin swimming hole, hike to historical ruins, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.
design your own Road trip
Design your own Arizona road trip with Backroad Planet’s suggested destinations, activities, scenic drives & heritage railways, plus our exclusive planning resources.
Design your own Georgia road trip with Backroad Planet’s suggested destinations, activities, scenic byways & historic trails, plus our exclusive planning resources.
Design your own upstate New York road trip with Backroad Planet’s suggested destinations and activities, plus our exclusive itinerary planning resources.
Design your own Tennessee road trip with Backroad Planet’s itinerary planning resources, recommended destinations, Civil War and Civil Rights historical sites, plus 16 themed trails and byways.
A collection of Oregon road trip ideas and itineraries for the Tualatin Valley, the Tillamook Coast, the Mt. Hood Territory, and the Columbia River Gorge.
Design your own uniquely Louisiana road trip with routed scenic byways, a River Road plantations map, itinerary planning hacks, and a wealth of resources.
VIKING RIVER & OCEAN CRUISES
Four Viking Mississippi River cruise itineraries are scheduled to bring guests to America’s Heartland beginning in 2022, aboard the purpose-built Viking Mississippi.
Have you ever dreamed of sailing with Viking Cruises to Norway and the UK? Backroad Planet’s annotated travelogue explores the 15-day “Into the Midnight Sun” itinerary, introduces its scenic destinations, and evaluates its shore excursion options.
A guide for planning, booking, and embarking on a Viking Ocean Cruises voyage of a lifetime, featuring exclusive insider tips from Viking Explorer Society members.
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ROAD TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES
Load your USA road trip itinerary with hidden scenic views, secret swimming holes, abandoned historical sites, and the best off-the-beaten-path locations!
Plan your next road trip by including a drive along one of America’s National Scenic Byways, Parkways, or All-American Roads.
Organize your road trip research into a daily itinerary including activities, lodging, dining, and informational travel documents.
A veteran automotive technician offers 9 tips for roadtrippers to avoid getting ripped-off by mechanics when an unexpected breakdown happens on the road.
Before you head out on a summer road trip, get your car in top-notch shape with these essential vehicle maintenance tips.
Gas mileage, storage space, and extra features are all important considerations when purchasing a new vehicle for a cross-country road trip.