Howard Blount
Editor / Travel Writer / Content Creator
Backroad Planet

Howard Blount is founder and editor of Backroad Planet, a road trip, fly-drive, and cruising travel website. He is also the founder and lead admin of the Travel Bloggers Influencer Network (#TBIN). He has traveled internationally since boyhood and lived abroad in Mexico, Chile, and Paraguay. Now his passion is navigating the roads-less-traveled of this amazing planet in search of anything rare and remote. Howard is a writer, consultant, and has published with major houses such as Simon & Schuster and McGraw-Hill.

Howard writes primarily for Backroad Planet, promoting the philosophy that taking scenic routes, scouting offbeat sites, stopping at roadside attractions, and getting immersed in local flavor are the best ways to travel. Active daily on social media, Howard through Backroad Planet has a combined organic following of more than 100K+. Howard and his travel partner Jerry Woods have collaborated with major brands and DMOs such as Viking Cruises, VISIT FLORIDA, Megabus, ACDelco, Visit Mississippi, Explore Georgia, and Ford Motor Company. Howard and Jerry love participating in press trips and other forms of sponsored travel, and they welcome opportunities to work with travel brands, CVBs, DMOs, and tourism boards.

Retired from a 35-year career as a middle school teacher, Howard would much rather be doing anything that includes mountains, waterfalls, dachshunds, gospel choirs, books, restored classic movies on Blu-ray, autumn, Florida springs, rain and other gloomy weather, log cabins, cracker shacks, abandoned sites, unearthed history, genealogy, museums, documentaries, scenic and historical sites, castles, cathedrals, the Civil War, National Park Passports, quotes, Steely Dan, Diet Pepsi, anything Apple, all things British, and lists. And on a random note, Howard is a fourth cousin once removed to Truman Capote.


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    02 Aug 2020

    18 Favorite Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants

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    Mississippi Gulf Coast, Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS, USA


    A curated collection of popular Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurants. From Pass Christian to Pascagoula, enjoy 18 local favorites for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
    19 Jul 2020

    Get out on the water, tour a botanical garden, explore a state park, and more Lake County Florida outdoor adventures, on a day trip "The Perfect Distance Away."
    05 Jul 2020

    Experience Coastal Mississippi's rich African American Heritage at Biloxi Beach, the Pleasant Reed House, St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, & the 100 Men Hall.
    21 Jun 2020

    Meet 3 Unconventional Coastal Mississippi Artists | Backroad Planet

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    Mississippi Gulf Coast, Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS, USA


    Meet Walter Anderson, Alice Moseley, and George Ohr, three unconventional Coastal Mississippi artists with museums dedicated to their lives and work.
    14 Jun 2020

    Visit the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby | Backroad Planet

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    Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Forrest Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS, USA


    The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum honors heroic servicemen and women and preserves the state's military history in a state-of-the-art facility at Camp Shelby.
    24 May 2020

    Explore the Forrest County Courthouse, the Sixth Street Museum District, the 1964 Freedom Summer Trail, and more memorable African American heritage sites in Hattiesburg MS.
    19 Apr 2020

    Board the train in Blue Ridge for a scenic excursion through the mountains. Then explore the historic sister cities of McCaysville, Georgia, and Copperhill, Tennessee.
    30 Mar 2020

    Four Viking Mississippi River cruise itineraries are scheduled to bring guests to America's Heartland beginning in 2022 on the purpose-built Viking Mississippi.
    15 Mar 2020

    Guest contribution by Jacob Tuwiner. If you are a history buff, hiker, or whitewater enthusiast, you will find plenty of things to do in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
    08 Mar 2020

    Design your own Arizona road trip with Backroad Planet's suggested destinations, activities, scenic drives & railways, plus our exclusive planning resources.
    16 Feb 2020

    Discover Verde Valley AZ, a region with incredible scenic, historical, and outdoor attractions that make it the perfect destination for travelers of every kind.
    09 Feb 2020

    Ride Arizona's Verde Canyon Railroad | Backroad Planet

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    Clarkdale, AZ, USA


    Arizona's Verde Canyon Railroad travels into the past, along the Verde River, through national forests and desert landscapes, to the ghost town of Perkinsville.
    26 Jan 2020

    3 Stunning Sedona Scenic Drives | Backroad Planet

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    Sedona, AZ, USA


    Experience the best Sedona scenic drives along the Red Rock Scenic Byway, the Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road, and with Pink@ Adventure Tours.
    12 Jan 2020

    Fun things to do in Winslow Arizona, include Route 66, Standin' On the Corner Park, La Posada Hotel, a thriving arts scene, and amazing day trip destinations.
    29 Dec 2019

    Drive the Painted Desert & Petrified Forest National Park | Backroad Planet

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    Petrified Forest National Park, AZ, USA


    Experience a virtual drive through the Painted Desert & Petrified Forest National Park, and then use Backroad Planet's guide to plan a road trip of your own.
    15 Dec 2019

    Tour Flagstaff attractions on your own with six themed self-guided walking & driving tours, plus stops at the Museum of Northern Arizona & Lowell Observatory.
    08 Dec 2019

    Don't overlook 3 magnificent Flagstaff national monuments—Sunset Crater Volcano NM, Wupatki NM, and Walnut Canyon NM—when planning your North Arizona itinerary.
    11 Nov 2019

    Take the train to Grand Canyon National Park! Our guide to the historic Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel in Williams, Arizona can make your park visit an adventure.
    10 Nov 2019

    Two national monuments, an experimental town, a legendary pie café, and more attractions to make your drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff, Arizona, an adventure.
    03 Nov 2019

    Tour the interactive museum, research the archives, and walk 35-acres of gardens on a visit to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, Georgia.