Hi, I'm Joan with my husband Hans. 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, tourists 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 want to alert you 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.
I added maps on this website AND for your home screen for your smart phone. We ARE a mobile society. If you're traveling I would encourage you to search my site on your phone and save it to your home screen. Use my website to guide your travels. Taking backroads, highways, country roads and downtown city streets is how you'll experience those unique businesses, services, murals that you do not want to miss.
My desire with my business and pricing is to match the entrepreneur with the traveler. I desire to promote small business, and help the traveler. I designed my website to make that happen; full of value for all parties concerned.
Born and raised 'city'; I love and live 'rural'; I've had the best of both possible worlds. I have loved and appreciated every minute. Starting as a young entrepreneur selling earthworms, guppies, snails, and babysitting in my youth, to working jobs with tourists in and around the Black Hills, to working daily with businesses and entrepreneurs, the passion was ignited. I started my own business at 62 years of age encouraged by my experiences. I am FIERCELY LOYAL to small and local business but also to the traveler seeking a destination location.