Chattanooga Journals

Rock Coming to a Point

A travel journal to Chattanooga by willow

Quote: Chattanooga offers the perfect family vacation. It is accessible, affordable and appealing to all ages. Having been born approximately 35 miles to the southwest, a trip to Chattanooga is always a home coming holiday for me.

Rock Coming to a Point

Overview

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Chattanooga is a Creek word which means 'rock coming to a point' referring to what the tourist industry has romanticized as Lover's Leap. This beautiful river city is surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. The city is located in the heart of the Tennessee River Valley, at the junction of what is now Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Chattanooga has all the makings of a family vacation area, unique geological features, a history of war and triumph, and a pleasing array of restaurants and accommodations. Quick Tips: I suggest pairing a visit to Chattanooga with either Nashville, northwest Georgia or northeast Alabama. If you fly in you may wish to enter through one of these a...Read More

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Attraction | "Chickamauga National Park"

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This park is dedicated to commemoration of Civil War soldiers from both the North and South. Chickamauga National Park is the nation's oldest and largest military park. This is a scenic drive-through park, stop at the visitor's center for a map of the monuments, an informative video and gun display. My grandfather well remembered the building of the park and used to tell boyhood tales of unearthed relics and sad unmarked graves. His own father and uncle fought in the battle of Chickamauga and he considered the park a family monument. Of course the many-many granite and marble markers pay tribute to all the units who served and fought at Chickamauga.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2000

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
US Hwy 27 - Lafayette Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 30742
706/866-9241

Incline Railway

Attraction | "Lookout Mountain Incline Railway"

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This amazing cable car has been billed for 100 years as 'America's Most Amazing Mile.' The 2 cable cars are energy efficient as it is the weight of one car that pulls the other up the steep incline. The breath-taking grade of 72.7% near the top, gives the Incline the distinction of being the world's steepest passenger railway. The victorian style stations and cars are charming.

Once you get to the top, get off the Incline Car and enjoy the panoramic view of Chattanooga from Lookout Mountain's Point Park.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2000

Incline Railway
Lower Station - 3917 St. Elmo Ave.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37350
(423) 629-1411

Candyland

Attraction | "Brock Candyland"

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This one holds nostalgia for me. My father worked at Brock Candy Kitchen for the first eleven years of my life. I grew up regarding candy as a major food source.

Brock is located one block from the Tennessee Aquarium. So pay them a visit, feast your eyes and tempt your palate with candies of all kinds.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2000

Candyland
200 Market Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
+1 423 267 4496

Rock City Gardens

Attraction

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Rock City is located atop Lookout Mountain. This amazingly beautiful place is a must see. The self guided walking tour takes you through the most spectacular natural scenery found anywhere. The attraction features unique rock formations and lush gardens. Rock City is best known for Lover's Leap, an outcropping of rock from which seven states can be viewed. I first visited Rock City about 35 years ago and have recently begun collecting tourist memorablia for the area. Much has changed in Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village, but the natural wonders of the rock formations remain unscathed by the more than one million visitors who have 'seen Rock City.' Cost is less than $20.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2000

Rock City Gardens
1400 Patten Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37350
(423) 820-2531

Ruby Falls

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Attraction

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If you suffer from claustrophobia, this attraction is not for you. An elevator takes you way-way down into the mountain. There are none of the usual cave formations, just solid rock. You walk a long tunnel to the open area which houses the falls. The amount of water coming from the falls varies, sometimes it appears to be no more than an open faucet. The lights go out, leaving you in total darkness , then a play of electrical lighting illuminates the falls. Ruby does not refer to a color nor a gem, it is a woman's name for whom the falls were honored. Small children tend to be bored with this attraction. I prefer my waterfalls above ground and caves with limestone formations. I have made multi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 21, 2000

Ruby Falls
1720 Scenic Hwy
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37409
423/821-2544