9 Reasons to Visit Chattanooga

9 Reasons to Visit Chattanooga Tennessee

By Michael Dwyer

1. Ruby Falls is located deep inside the underground caverns of Lookout Mountain. Discovered by Leo Lambert in 1928, and named after his wife Ruby, this 145-foot waterfall is natural wonder. A “must see” for over 80 years.

Lover's Leap at Rock City Gardens - photo by Michael Dwyer

Lover’s Leap at Rock City Gardens

2. Perched on top of Lookout Mountain is Rock City Gardens, opened in 1932, this attraction is well known for its use of advertising on barn roofs across the south, as much as the attraction itself. Interesting rock formations, wooded paths and happy gardens will keep visitors meandering all the way to Lover’s Leap where you can see seven states on a clear day.

3. Also at Lookout Mountain is the Incline Railway. Labeled as “America’s Most Amazing Mile,” this is a steep and short ride to the top and back down. Package prices are available for all three attractions at Lookout Mountain.

4. One of the more popular destinations is the Tennessee Aquarium. From river otters to sharks and from penguins to butterflies, get close to nature inside, outside and on IMAX.

Michael Dwyer Hang Gliding at Lookout Mountain

Michael Dwyer Hang Gliding at Lookout Mountain

5. Hang glide off Lookout Mountain, home to the nation’s largest hang gliding school. Go once for the adventure or learn a new a sport. It’s a rush, from the tow up by plane to the glide down.

6. A gentler form of travel would be to bike the Tennessee River Walk. Great views and easy paths make this a fun afternoon for the entire family.

7. More fun for the family is found at “The world’s largest drive-in theater” located just across the state line in Trenton, Georgia. Wilderness Outdoor Theater offers double features on two screens.

8. Attend a Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game. Minor league baseball is exciting, especially after you see ticket prices of $3 to $9 per person. Concessions are reasonable too. Take the family, stay in budget and enjoy an American pastime.

Rafting the Ocoee  River with The Nantahala Outdoor Center

Rafting the Ocoee River with The Nantahala Outdoor Center

9. The Ocoee River offers class III-IV whitewater rafting tours for those who like to get wet and bounce around a fast moving river. Visitors will have many options to choose from when it comes to rafting.

Why stop at nine, check out the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website or call them at (800) 322-3344.

Michael Dwyer is a freelance writer and travel columnist. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at [email protected]rMedia.com

About Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at [email protected].

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