The Best of Chattanooga: History, Heritage, River Boats and Mountain Wonders
See how Chattanooga combines big city sophistication with small town charm as you explore its Victorian mansions, world-class museums, historic trains and modern river boats.
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Program No. 19022RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In this undiscovered gem of Tennessee, Southern charm and grand Victorian mansions meet a thoroughly modern metropolis. From high atop Lookout Mountain to inside the underground Ruby Falls cascade, and from the Hunter Museum of American Art to the Challenger Space Center, learn about this small city with a big personality.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking from three blocks to one mile daily. Some stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take a train ride through rolling vistas and the Missionary Ridge “horseshoe” tunnel to the turntable and Back Shop.
  • Board the River Gorge Explorer to explore the spectacular Tennessee River Gorge.
  • University of Tennessee speakers discuss the founding of the Challenger Space Center and its purposes today.
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Justin Strickland
Justin Strickland has been fascinated by trains his entire life. His first "railroad" job was with the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway at the age of 15, where he eventually became a conductor. Justin has also worked with the Southeastern Railway Museum, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. He authored the only book dedicated to the Terminal Station in Chattanooga and has been interviewed for the railroad documentary "Tracing the Tracks."
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Maury Nicely
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Matt Downer
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Carol Burton
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Justin Strickland
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Bud Ellis
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