Chattanooga lives up to its nickname during the fall. The Scenic City offers some of the country’s most incredible fall colors, and visitors to the area can view this display in a range of fun and unique ways.
Rock City: One of the most notable peaks is Lookout Mountain, home to Rock City, Ruby Falls, and Point Park (part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park). Travelers can traverse the terrain via car, winding their way up the mountain and stopping at Rock City, home of garden gnomes, Fairyland Caverns, and the famed spot where seven states can be viewed on a cloudless day. During the fall, Rock City also operates the Enchanted Maize (open through November 2) which can be viewed best from Rock City’s Lover’s Leap, a scenic outcropping of rock with a flowing waterfall situated on the edge of Lookout Mountain. From Lover’s Leap, one of the best vistas of the Chattanooga valley can be seen.
Savings Tip: If planning to visit Rock City and one of the other Lookout Mountain attractions (Ruby Falls or the Incline Railway), save a little money and buy a combo ticket.
Tennessee Valley Railroad: Who doesn’t love a train ride? The glory days of the golden age of railroad can be relieved in style on a day-long train ride from Chattanooga to Summerville, GA. While prime tickets are $180, the same great view can be had for less by purchasing the $95 ticket in a train car that offers a little less leg room. Trains run on the weekends from 9am to 6 pm, now through November 8.
Lookout Mountain Flight Park: Check out the magnificent colors of the fall from a bird’s eye view. The Lookout Mountain Flight Park offers tandem hang-gliding rides that afford the glider a chance to soar over the Lookout Valley and see the colorful world below in a very unique way.
Savings Tip: For a limited time, Groupon is offering a 50% deal for a half-day hang gliding experience. Get it while it lasts!
The Southern Belle Riverboat: Operated by the Chattanooga Riverboat Company, this majestic vessel cruises down the Tennessee River through November 16 on special 3-hour fall color cruises. Prices range from $17.95 for children ages 3 – 12 to $39.95 for adults and include a lunch buffet, lively band, game or two of bingo, and some beautiful views of the Tennessee River Gorge adorned in the glorious colors of fall. These trips fill up fast, so reserve those tickets soon.
River Gorge Explorer: This nautical vessel will navigate 34 miles of the Tennessee River on a special 3.5 hour “River GORGEous Fall Color Cruise.” Tickets for the November 2 cruise will cost $59 to $70 depending upon the passenger’s age.
Savings Tip: If unable to make the November 2 River Gorge cruise, the Explorer will continue to operate its standard 2-hour cruises at a more affordable $18 to $32 ticket price.
Helpful Link: ChattanoogaFun.com
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