19022
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!
Rating (5)
Program No. 19022RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399

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.
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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Maury Nicely
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Matt Downer
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Carol Burton
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Justin Strickland
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