I'm Joan and I'm the owner and creator behind Travel Backroads. You've made it this far, I hope you continue on and get familiar with my website. It's also very smartphone friendly and you'll enjoy reading here while traveling.
As fast as Americans and visitors zoom by on our state and county highways, we miss out on some of Midwest’s choicest businesses, whether they are eateries, coffee shops, clothing, ammunition, fishing, homemade, quilt, specialty shops and more. Often times, travelers are missing the local flavor of the communities they are passing. Businesses on or off the beaten path give color to their local communities.
I was guilty of doing the very same thing! Therefore, I created TB because I want to alert travelers to "diamonds in the rough" in South Dakota and states beyond. From our bordering states to a much broader reach, I'd love to show you all that is unique. Their businesses add to the infrastructure and help drive the economy of their communities; not to mention how creative people are and the wonderful businesses that you are missing everyday. So I've created maps, stories, murals, my blog, and you can save my site to your Homescreen OR view on your smartphone.
I was born and raised 'city', but I love and live 'rural'; I've had the best of both possible worlds. I started my own business at 62 years of age encouraged by my experiences, and I continue to be FIERCELY LOYAL to small and local businesses wherever we may find them! Enjoy and view my passion here and on social media!