By Marla Ballard
SCOTTSBORO – Since 2016 Backroad Tours, LLC located in Scottsboro has successfully completed more than 100 trips and served nearly 4,000 travelers. The business offers bus tours which include both day and overnight excursions. “We offer something for everyone, from historical tours to casual experiences,” said Owner, Angie Himburg. “We are not a private group, our tours are open to all travel enthusiasts, and we appreciate our repeat customers very much.”
Himburg charters a bus to accommodate anywhere from 25 to 50 travelers. Some of the past excursions have included visiting historical homes, plays, plantations, filming locations, waterfalls, festivals, castles, Amish Country, Biltmore Estate, Graceland, wineries, and dinner cruises.
Himburg said all of the trips are different, lasting anywhere from one to five days in length. “I’ve had people as old as 18 and as young as 90 join our tours,” said Himburg. Hodophiles (travel enthusiasts) may visit backroadtoursllc.com to see upcoming scheduled outings. The website also shows reviews from previous travelers, frequently asked questions, and is user-friendly.
Currently, the next two expeditions are booked, however, on June 9, a modern charter bus with AC, WiFi, and a bathroom onboard will arrive at the Cattleman’s Stampede in Scottsboro at 8:00 a.m. to take booked guests on a tour. Ticket holders will visit a 1927 Prairie type 2-6-2 Baldwin (98 ton) Steam Locomotive and train cars on a track, which include a passenger car and caboose from yesteryear. The train museum and depot are set up to look like they would have when they were in operation.
Lunch will be served in a building built in 1860 and is on the National Historic Register. The building still has the original pharmacy made from oak and the original 1950s soda fountain. The last stop is a guided tour on the whiskey trail at the Big Machine Distillery, a 20,000-square-foot distillery with a tasting room on 28 acres of farmland.
Other upcoming tours include Beechcraft Museum, Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta; World of Coca-Cola Museum; Jurassic World The Exhibition; Autumn Covered Bridge Tour; Wine Tasting Tour, Graceland, Biltmore Estate; Helen, Georgia; and more.
Arrangements are made for leaving automobiles at pickup locations. Pick-up locations vary from trip to trip and many of the excursions have additional pickup locations along the route. When using the website in this article users will notice that trips have a registration link posted with the itinerary. After registering, a “Thank You” message will appear on the screen to let users know it went through. Persons who register will be contacted by email within 24 hours or the next business day. Additional information is on Facebook under Backroad Tours, LLC.