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We are two guys from Central Florida who believe taking scenic routes, scouting historical sites, and immersing ourselves 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, we encourage you to use BACKROAD PLANET resources to plan your own adventures. Please contact us if we can assist you in any way. Catch you on the backroads . . . .

Howard & Jerry

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The Haunting Town of Rodney, Mississippi: A Photo Essay

A Southern photographer’s haunting images from a bridal shoot and seasonal flood portray her intimate connection with the ghost town of Rodney, Mississippi.

How to See the Real Florida: 11 Essential Web Sites

Eleven authoritative web sites run by locals to help you plan a road trip or travel itinerary to see the REAL Florida.

24 Viking River Cruise Insider Tips

24 Exclusive Viking River Cruise insider tips tailored for first-time cruisers to help make your European journey the cruise of a lifetime!

10 Favorite North Georgia Waterfalls

Ten incredibly beautiful North Georgia waterfalls you can easily schedule into your road trip or vacation.

Louisiana’s River Road Plantations

Take an historical drive along the Mississippi River, and visit Louisiana’s Great River Road plantations. Maps, itinerary, and helpful links included.

Take an historical drive along the Mississippi River, and visit Louisiana's Great River Road plantations. Maps, itinerary, and helpful links included. #travel #TBIN #OnlyLouisiana #FeedYourSoul #Louisiana #Plantations #RiverRoad

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The Acadian Exile, Louisiana Creoles, and the Rise of Cajun Branding

So what’s the difference between the terms “Creole” and “Cajun?” Louisiana historian and cultural authority Joseph Dunn sets the record straight on the Acadian exile, assimilation within the Creole population, and the late 20th century Cajun marketing machine.

14 Top Attractions in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Tour 14 top attractions in Hot Springs, Arkansas, including Hot Springs National Park, Mountain Tower, Bathhouse Row, Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, and Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Discover Switzerland’s Engadine Valley: The Hidden Side

Discover Engadine, Switzerland, with a hike through Swiss National Park, a drive along the Bernina Pass, a White Turf horse race in St. Moritz, an auto-train ride through the Vereina Tunnel, a glimpse of the 17th century painted houses at Guarda, and many more scenic Alpine wonders.

The Great Lakes Tour: A Circle Road Trip Itinerary

The Great Lakes tour is a circle road trip route through the United States and Canada to scenic destinations along Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario, and Erie. This guide will help you map the perfect itinerary with suggested food, lodging, hikes, waterfalls, cruises, lighthouses, and more outdoor activities.

Explore Civil Rights History in Memphis, Tennessee

Explore Civil Rights history in Memphis, Tennessee, with visits to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Clayborn Temple, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, and Beale Street.

Searching for Emmett Till: A Mississippi Delta Pilgrimage

We went searching for Emmett Till on a Mississippi Delta pilgrimage, and along the way we unearthed legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, walked a Tallahatchie bridge, slept in sharecropper shacks, and ultimately uncovered traces of the teen martyr whose death gave birth to the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Viking River & Ocean Cruises

24 Viking River Cruise Insider Tips

24 Exclusive Viking River Cruise insider tips tailored for first-time cruisers to help make your European journey the cruise of a lifetime!

European Panoramas: An Annotated Photo Gallery

An annotated photographic collection of European locations captured with the Apple iPhone panorama feature. We were guests of Viking Cruises, but the eye candy of European panoramas was all ours. I am not a photographer, although I wish I were . . . . I have...

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ROAD TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES

Take a Drive on America’s National Scenic Byways

Plan your next road trip by including a drive along one of America's National Scenic Byways. You know we call our country America the Beautiful, but you may not know that one of the best ways to see America is by driving our National Scenic Byways. There are...

The Ultimate Road Trip Planner: Part 1 PrePlanning

Road trip preplanning is the essential first step to successfully research and design the perfect itinerary. Use our handy free worksheet to ask yourself six important questions before you begin!

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