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“OK, but put it last on your list” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
827 East Brow Road, Chattanooga, TN 37350
423 629 1473
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Ranked #24 of 55 Attractions in Chattanooga
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic Railroads, Cultural
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Owner description: Known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile,” The Incline’s trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade – straight up! Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at The Incline’s top station. And while you’re up top, be sure to visit the many points of Civil War interest, the Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map & Museum and Point Park, part of the Chickamauga -Chattanooga National Military Park system, just a few short blocks from the Incline top station.Then, after you descend back down to the Incline bottom station, explore historic St. Elmo, where a wonderful collection of unique shopping and dining experiences await you.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Christiansburg, Virginia
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“OK, but put it last on your list”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We visited Rock City prior to taking the Incline. Rock City has acres of free parking, several gift shops and touristy stores, restrooms, etc. Best of all are the spectacular views from Rock City.

You can begin your round trip on the incline from the top or the bottom. There is limited paid parking at both ends. In house snack shops offer sparse choices compared to the multiple restaurants at Rock City.

Finally, there is a single viewing point at the top of the incline which is about 75%. Of the way up the mountain.

The incline uses 2 tramcars, #1 and #2. There is are 2 recordings played, one on the way up, the other on the way down. They offer interesting information about the incline and the area. We were fortunate to travel in car #2 in both directions and heard both recordings. There was a rather permanent appearing paper sign taped to the ticket taker's booth apologizing for car #1's sound system being out of order.

Our round trip took 1 hr 15 minutes.

An ok experience, but there are other more rewarding sites to be explored in Chattanooga. If you want good views, interesting shops and activities at both ends - then spend your time and money at Rock Gardens.

Visited December 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Great ride and view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

It was a cold, mid-November day, but clear and exhilarating. The view from Lookout Mountain at the top and walking the area where several battles were fought really brought home history for my wife and me. A truly rewarding experience!

Visited November 2013
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Mobile, Alabama, United States
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“Be inclined to experience this!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

WOW!!!!! Our group ages 5-65 really enjoyed this trip. It is a chance of a lifetime to ride this historical route. Even if you forget your camera, the images will be etched in your mind forever. The historical value as well as the thrill of the ride is worth the pricey ticket. When you hear incline railway, believe that it is the steepest railroad in the world. Incline is putting it mildly. The train departs every 30 minutes and they are on time!!

Visited November 2013
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Dalton GA
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“A piece of history you can ride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We love the trip up and down the mountain but that is only part of the attraction. The walk to and through the park at the top really tops off the whole experience. Make sure you bring a camera or video recorder on this one. It's an engineering marvel and a testament to how creative we humans are in finding ways to get to where we want to go! For this one the trip is as much fun as the destination!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

This is the worlds steepest railroad. It is a very cool ride going down Lookout Mountain. It does go slow, so it is very safe. It is a very good experience and it's in the middle of Ruby Falls and Rock City.

Visited November 2013
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