BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 29, 2016) - Backroads, the leading active travel company, named the five most popular trips featuring US National Parks for celebrating the park centennial anniversary this summer -- Yellowstone & Tetons, Bryce & Zion, Glacier & Waterton Lakes, Maine and Alaska -- based on Backroads summer bookings. The Canadian Rockies national park is also a popular travel destination this summer. Outside of the United States, Europe continues to trend up as a popular summer spot especially to the waterside locations of Croatia, Iceland, Italy's Tuscan Coast, Spain's Costa Brava and the canals of Holland.

National Parks are a unique part of the United States, allowing visitors to see protected land and ecosystems as well as geology and wildlife. With many national park celebrations planned, and hotel rooms in very high demand this summer, the timing is perfect for an active getaway organized by Backroads. The company has secured hard-to-get hotel reservations and handles all planning and logistics, enabling guests of all ages to unplug, relax and actively enjoy the parks and their natural splendor. Backroads currently offers the most trips to the US National Parks of any active travel company and has done so since the company's inception more than 37 years ago. Backroads' itineraries are created to encompass the best the parks have to offer while giving guests a great sense of journey.

Backroads top trips to the national parks this summer include:

"Everyone loves our national parks and this summer we're happy to help families explore and enjoy the centennial celebration," said Backroads Founder and CEO Tom Hale. "Whether seeing a national park for the first time, the nostalgia of taking the family back to where you once vacationed, or just wanting to unplug, there is something very special about getting out and enjoying nature actively. We invite those who haven't planned their summer travel yet, to come along on an unforgettable active vacation and leave all the planning to us."

In addition to the national parks, other destinations that are popular this summer with Backroads guests are locations along the water, and on the water, in Europe. Backroads Active River Cruises continue to be a guest favorite, with summer departures along the Danube, Rhine, Seine and Portugal's Douro rivers. Backroads is also seeing strong guest bookings for Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, Italy's Tuscan Coast Bike Tour, Pyrenees to Costa Brava Bike Tour and Walking & Hiking Tour, Holland & Belgium Bike Tour, and Iceland Multisport Adventure Tours.

For those wishing to avoid the summer crowds and wanting to see a national park in a different season, Backroads offers a very special Yellowstone Winter Snow Adventure Tour with dogsledding, ice-skating, animal safaris and the chance to see Yellowstone's splendors in their winter environment.

Backroads' National Park family trips offer a range of activities for both parents and kids -- separately and together -- such as hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking. Backroads runs National Parks trips in the following regions:

Eastern U.S. National Park Trips
Everglades to Key West

Rockies U.S. and Canada National Park Trips
Canadian Rockies
Glacier & Waterton Lakes
Yellowstone & Tetons

Western & Pacific U.S. National Park Trips
Alaska - Kenai Peninsula; Prince William Sound to Denali
Bryce & Zion
Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon
Crater Lake
Death Valley
Palm Springs & Joshua Tree
Redwood Empire
San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park

Information on all Backroads National Park trips can be found here:

About Backroads
Backroads ( was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been in business for more than 37 years. The company hosts thousands of guests, 80% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests, in hundreds of locations across the globe. Backroads was named one of the top 100 places to work by Outside magazine in 2015, and is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific Time.

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