Day Trip: Chattanooga

Last month, my dad and I took a day trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Looking back on it, we should not have decided to go on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, but hindsight is always 20/20.  We live about 2.5 hours south of Chattanooga, so we set out around 11.00am thinking that we would be ok on time.  We were not.

When we got to Rock City, no parking spaces could be found.  We just knew that it was a bust of a drive.  Finally after literally 20 minutes of simply driving through the parking lot, we found a space.  We decided to buy the Rock City/Ruby Falls combo ticket because we planned to visit the Falls later in the afternoon.

And we were off. To stand in a line. To simply enter Rock City.

There were a ton of people.

Slowly making our way through the beginning of the trail.  You can see just how relaxed everyone was as the gentleman in pink leaned against the tree.

Rock City has many great stops and photo-ops along the path.  We did not feel rushed taking our time through the Garden.

We followed the countless number of people to a swinging bridge.

And were rewarded with our first view off of Lookout Mountain.

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I’m in the tie-dye.

The view got better.

We tried to eat at the restaurant in Rock City, but there was almost a two-hour wait. So we passed. We wandered around for a bit and then headed back.

One of the most famous parts of Rock City is “Fat Man’s Squeeze.” Aptly named because of how tightly smooshed together the rocks are.  The line waiting to get through the squeeze was the last bit of waiting he and I had to do.

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The last part of Rock City to a strange turn.  There’s a set of tunnels that lead us back to the entrance of the Gardens.  In those tunnels are some odd stuff.  The fairy caverns were terrible. But what was truly strange was the room full of figurines acting out old lullabies and fables.


Either way, we were finished with our time at Rock City.  We made our way back to the truck and headed towards Ruby Falls.  I kid you not, the line waiting to ENTER THE FALLS was a quarter of a mile long. You think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not.  I thought about it too late to take a picture of it, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.  Dad and I decided that we had seen the Falls before and that it simply was not worth waiting in the long line. So we headed back home.

Moral of the Story: Don’t go to Look Out Mountain in Chattanooga, TN on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. 

Aside from that, I had a blast! I hadn’t been to Rock City or Ruby Falls since childhood. It was great to go as an adult and know that I can still enjoy it. 🙂

Where you wanna go next Padre?!

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