Get ready to Blast Off on HSV Rotary’s “Writers, Rockets, and Rock” travel extravaganza bus trip departing to Huntsville and the Shoals in northern Alabama on Thursday, October 12, 2023, and returning on Sunday evening, October 15. We will be traveling back in time to relive those exciting days of rocketing “to the moon” and back, rocking out to great sounds from the King, classic rock, rhythm & blues, and pop stars, and rekindling memories of great stories from “The Miracle Worker” and Nobel Prize winner Wm Faulkner.

The trip will start with a champagne breakfast send-off early on Thursday, October 12, including stops in Oxford at Rowan Oak, home of William Faulkner, and Tupelo, Mississippi, at Elvis’s birthplace. Travelers will hunker down in Huntsville that evening at the Hyatt Place Hotel, our home base for the following days.

On the schedule for the next two days are a tour of a Frank Lloyd Wright home, a visit to the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, a stop at the Ivy Green Helen Keller home, Alabama Music Hall of Fame, a Huntsville city tour, the US Space & Rocket Center, the Huntsville Botanical Garden, and the Burritt-on-the-Mountain living history homestead.

Of course, there will be plenty of food and fun with lunches, including the Rattlesnake Saloon and the Garden View Café, and dinners at Waltons Southern Table and Bravos in the Bridge Street Entertainment District.

The fun continues on the return trip on Sunday, October 15, with a stopover in Corinth Mississippi at the Shiloh National Park Civil War Interactive Center.

The all-inclusive cost, including luxury coach transportation, dining, lodging, and all attractions, is $860 per person (double occupancy). Single occupancy is available for an additional $240. Seats are still available, so contact us now for more information on reserving a spot by emailing

Proceeds from bus trips and other fundraising efforts help fund our 501c3 annual scholarships and grants. For more information on HSV Rotary click here to visit our website.

Traveler Fred Kalsbeek enjoying a local delicacy on the 2022 trip to Lafayette

The 2022 trip to Lafayette included a visit to Martin Accordions

Cover Image: 2022 travelers visited Atchafalaya Basin Landing for a swamp tour