Along the Byways to Breathtaking Landscapes and Quirky Small Towns
Published by Voyageur Press, the BACKROADS book series take travelers off the interstates and main drags to explore the roads less traveled and the sights less seen. Each book features driving tours, maps and directions to visit unique scenic, historic and cultural attractions along with stunning landscapes and vistas.
Listen to the Backroads of America Big Blend Radio panel discussion with Paul M. Franklin – author of Backroads of Florida, Jim Hinckley – author of Backroads of Arizona, and Gary Clark – author of Backroads of Texas.
BACKROADS OF FLORIDA: Written by Paul M. Franklin with photographs by Nancy Mikula, this second edition of Backroads of Florida contains all-new routes along timeless roads with new, vibrant photography and pithy stories of what can be found on your drive through bucolic backroads. As you explore the roads less traveled, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Spanish explorers, pirates, and cowboys who shaped Florida’s early history. Whether it’s skimming across the Everglades in an airboat, snorkeling with manatees in a crystalline river, or paddling your kayak through a cypress swamp teeming with alligators, orchids, and tropical birds, there’s a world of excitement and beauty waiting for you. Leave Disney World and the hectic bustle of Miami Beach to the tourists. With this book, you’ve got a one-of-a-kind trip in store.
BACKROADS OF ARIZONA: Written by Jim Hinckley with photographs by Kerrick James, this second edition of Backroads of Arizona guides you into the heart of Arizona with twenty-five driving tours and adventures that take you off the beaten path to stunning landscapes and breathtakingly beautiful vistas. Marvel at the multicolored hues of the Painted Desert and the jaw-dropping majesty of the snowcapped San Francisco Peaks. Wander into a sky-high forest of regal ponderosa pines and quaking aspens near Flagstaff, scan the deep blue waters of Lake Havasu on the western border, and feel dwarfed by the incredible Grand Canyon. With scenic drives in all corners of the state, Backroads of Arizona offers insight into Arizona’s rich history, from the Spanish conquistadors seeking the legendary cities of gold to the Wild West shootout at Tombstone’s OK Corral.
BACKROADS OF TEXAS: Written by Gary Clark with photographs by Kathy Adams Clark, Backroads of Texas includes thirty backroad drives and excursions that take travelers into the boondocks where all the craziest natural sights occur. Watch frenzied bats as they fly by the thousands from San Angelo’s Foster Road Bridge. Catch your breath as you drink in the majestic Guadalupe Mountains. Get ready for goosebumps when you spelunk into the shadowy depths of Inner Space Cavern, and try not to get spooked when you see the paranormal “ghost lights” near the eclectic town of Marfa. These off-road sights are what truly set the Lone Star State apart from its neighbors.
Texas is the second largest state in the United States, and you can be sure it’s home to plenty of incredible sights waiting just off the beaten path.