So the family and I had stayed in Chattanooga 3 times as we were passing through going back and forth from Florida. Each time staying at the Holiday Inn Express off exit 174 (via highway 24). The hotel is in an industrial park area and is very safe and very nice. Right next to a Cracker Barrell which is a nice bonus. For the price the hotel is a great deal if you want upscale this is not for you but if you want safe, clean and affordable this is it. and it is in perfect distance to all the lookout mountain sites 10 minutes tops.
This year the wife talked me into seeing the sites and staying for a day and since I still got my week on the beach why not. We started off with Ruby Falls. Ruby Falls is very beautiful, and while many people complain about it being too touristy, I don't get the complaint, what do you expect it is a tourist attraction so I expect it to be touristy. The tour of Ruby Falls is awesome but beware it does take more than hour and there are no bathrooms or places to get a drink to prepare. We had a wonderful guide (an ex hippie) whom made the tour enjoyable. The only downfall (pun intended) is that the whole tour builds up to the falls and you literally only get to see it for 2 minutes as they heard the group in turn on the lights and move you out and turn the lights off for the next group. but there is more to the tour than the falls, so enjoy it all and get close to the guide.
Next was the incline railway, boy this was a dissappointment. now here is a tourist trap, its a great historic site but not worth more than a couple of dollars and they charge you more than a couple to go up and down too gift shops and durring the ride you see some god awful houses, not that mine is soo much better but mine is also not part of a tourist attraction.
Finishing off the day was Rock City...glad we saved the best for last. This we got to do at our own speed the whole thing is beautiful, from the garden walk, lovers leep, the rope bridge, the 7 states lookout point, all really breath taking, a place tourist have not ruined. (have to ask what was up with the poor white deer, that was sad).
southern hospitality is alive and very well in all our journey's in Chattanooga. Chattanooga by far has the nicest service people and people in general.
as someone who loves just sitting on the beach and drinking as his vacation, this part of my trip was a nice surprise, really enjoyed the whole experience. My 7 year old had a great time, he loved Ruby Falls and actually like the Incline, he treated it more like a carnival ride. The wife loved Ruby falls and Rock City and is wanting to go back and see all the things we did not this time. Since I want the beach again I am sure we will be back. Aparently there is a B&B or something that was on TV show about hauntings and that has my wife all interested and me.....well I dont like ghost so maybe I will skip that.
can't be the scenic views from the mountains that alone makes stoping in Chattanooga worth it.