Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in Tennessee and it anchors a three state area that includes Southeast Tennessee, Northeast Alabama, and Northwest Georgia. Chattanooga also known as the Scenic City is absolutely beautiful with all of its natural surroundings. It was actually renamed to Chattanooga in 1838, which is a Creek word for nearby Lookout Mountain meaning “rock rising to a point.” It is definitely a place for outdoorsy people as there is so much to explore.
One of the best package deals that is offered in Chattanooga is going to Lookout Mountain. Lookout Mountain is about a 10 minute drive from downtown and once you are there you can make a whole day out of it or even stretch it out for a weeks vacation. There are so many activities to do while on the Mountain but I recommend the package deal that includes the Incline Railway, Rock City, and Ruby Falls for $56.90 per adult and $31.90 per children; ages 2 and under are free. This package deal will save you about $7 per adult and $3 per child.
The Incline Railway has been up and running since 1895 making it a National Historic site and Mechanical Engineering Landmark. This mile ride takes about 15 minutes each way and goes up at a 72.7%grade. That is straight up! It is best to start at the bottom of the ride and here you will find a collection of different shops, restaurants, and attractions. Expect to spend some time down below! When you make your way to the top, you will see some of the BEST views from the observation deck. After taking some beautiful pictures you can explore the gift shop and/or take a 5 minute walk over to Point Park which is the site of the Battle Above the Clouds that took place in 1863 that gave the Union troops control of the city. So much history and site seeing to do at the ride of “America’s Most Amazing Mile!”
Rock City should be your next stop! This place is located at the top of Lookout Mountain and it is just absolutely spectacular. You will travel along a trail through nature to see many rock formations, gardens with so many different flowers and plants, and then there is the best view of the “See 7 States.” This trial also goes through Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village that the kids will be sure to love and then you will end with gift shops and the Big Rock Grill. There is so much to explore in Rock City that you will definitely have a blast!
Ruby Falls is a must see while in Chattanooga. It has been rated one of the best things to do while in Tennessee for over 90 years. It is the tallest and deepest underground waterfall that is open to the public. You will descend down 26 stories, which is about 1,120 feet underground, by elevator to start the path to the waterfall. The tour to the waterfall is breathtaking and the tour guides are very knowledgeable about the cave that they make it so much fun! While at Ruby Falls, you can also climb up the tower to get another great spot for spectacular views of the city. They do offer a zip line adventure at Ruby Falls but that is NOT included in the package deal.
Chattanooga, TN has so much to offer from The Incline Railway, to Rock city, to Ruby Falls. Be sure to plan wisely to get the most out of your experience. Enjoy the Scenic City!!