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.
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