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The Best of Chattanooga: Trains, Waterfalls and Battlefields

Discover the southern gem of Chattanooga as you learn about rock formations, waterfalls, Civil War battlefields and historic trains, Appalachian music and more!
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Program No. 19022RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,429
Tennessee

The Best of Chattanooga: Trains, Waterfalls and Battlefields

Discover the southern gem of Chattanooga as you learn about rock formations, waterfalls, Civil War battlefields and historic trains, Appalachian music and more!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,429
Program No. 19022 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
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Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,549
Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
1,429
Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,449
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,579
May 1 - May 6, 2022
Small group
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1,449
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,579
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,449
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,959
Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
1,839
Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,859
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,989
May 1 - May 6, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,859
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,989
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
Small group
Starting at
1,859

At a Glance

Chattanooga is a Tennessee gem — where Southern charm and grand Victorian mansions meet a thoroughly modern metropolis. Embark on unique field trips to places like a wood carving school, a river aquarium and an antique carousel. Discover Cherokee and Civil War battlefields and walk across the world’s longest pedestrian bridge. Stand in the shade of the sandstone boulders of Rock City as you learn about their geological history. Feel the cool spray of America’s deepest waterfall. And soak in the sounds of Appalachian music and the charming chug of a historic Chattanooga choo choo. From high up on Lookout Mountain to the underground Ruby Falls cascade, explore Chattanooga from top to bottom.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile. Some stairs. Standing in museums for docent talk.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Ride one of the city’s original rail lines through rolling vistas and the Missionary Ridge horseshoe tunnel, and learn about train engineering at the repair shop.
  • Explore Lookout Mountain, with massive rock formations and gardens and Ruby Falls, the nation's largest and deepest underground waterfall.
  • Journey to Chickamauga Battlefield to learn what happened there in 1863 and how it impacted the Civil War.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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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."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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 is a lawyer and historian in Chattanooga, Tenn., and author of the “Chattanooga Walking Tour & Historic Guide” and the “East Tennessee Walking Tour & Historic Guide.” Maury has served on the boards of Chattanooga History Center and Cornerstones, Inc., Chattanooga's historic preservation organization.
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Carol Burton attended Dalton State College, where she began her 16 years as a Road Scholar coordinator with its Center for Educational Adventure. Married to her childhood sweetheart, she grew up in Hampton, Va., and moved to Georgia in 1970. Carol said she was born with a love for animals and volunteers with her local humane society.
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When Bud Ellis was an art professor at the University of Tennessee, a student brought in an old carousel horse that needed repair. Bud took the horse apart and studied how it was put together decades ago. This was the start of Bud’s career building carousel horses and, eventually, two complete carousels in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bud is also an excellent woodcarver and artist who teaches students the proper techniques for shading, gold leafing and making the animal look realistic.
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Matt Downer View biography
Matt Downer has been documenting and performing with the elder musicians of the Tennessee Valley region for more than a dozen years. Specializing in pre-1930 string band music on fiddle and banjo, Matt performs regularly with the Old Time Travelers and does solo performances in and around the Tri-State area.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
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Silver Linings: My Life Before and After Challenger
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Chattanooga Landmarks (TN): Exploring the History of the Scenic City (The History Press) [Paperback]
by Jennifer Crutchfield
Chattanooga's history and heritage are embodied in the historical sites, structures and groundbreaking feats of engineering that have defined the city from its beginning. Many of the Scenic City's most important landmarks are still preserved. Yet with so many fascinating historic sites and storied destinations, seeing them all is no easy task. Fortunately, Chattanooga Landmarks offers a helpful survey of the most historically significant sites in the city and the surrounding area. Join Chattanooga local Jennifer Crutchfield as she guides you through the city's historic wonders, both natural and man-made. From the top of Lookout Mountain down to the banks of the Tennessee River and through downtown, Chattanooga Landmarks covers the breadth of the historic sites that make this Tennessee city a landmark all its own.
Hidden History of Chattanooga
by Alexandra Walker Clark
The enigmatic hills and woodlands of the Chattanooga area are a sanctuary of history, and the hometown of author Alexandra Walker Clark. Clark has chronicled the history of her hometown for the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga History Journal, and in this collection she combines some of her favorite stories to take readers behind the scenes for a fascinating look into the unique history and culture of the region. Absorb the city's rich ethnic diversity, travel down to the hallowed battlefields of Chickamauga and Fort Oglethorpe and grasp the compelling legacy of the Cherokee. This and so much more lies ahead in Hidden History of Chattanooga.
Chattanooga's Terminal Station (TN)
by Justin W. Strickland
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