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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Howard Blount from Backroad Planet joins JohnnyJet and four more travel professionals on “This Week in Travel” podcast #196 with Chris Christensen.
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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...
Organize your road trip research into a daily itinerary including activities, lodging, dining, and informational travel documents.
Our free road trip research worksheet will help you find routes, destinations, lodging, and local cuisine using six excellent sources.
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!