Chattanooga’s Southern Culture
Civil War History
3 Days | Spring | Summer | Fall
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When you talk Southern heritage, you’ll hear about pride in the past, the culture, and the history of the south. Chattanooga is filled with Civil War History, a southern charm and beautiful natural surroundings. There is 10-mile Riverwalk, which winds along the Tennessee River through downtown below the Mountain that Looks out over the city.
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Chattanooga, TN – Ignis Glass Studio Tour – Choo Choo Hotel
Arriving in Chattanooga, TN this afternoon, tour Ignis Glass Studio offering a hands-on glass blowing experience where you can blow your own heirloom glass ornament. With the help of their professional artists you may choose colors, assist with working the piece, and actually trap your own breath in glass. The group will be divided into two: while one group is making an ornament, the other group can browse the downtown shops.
Then check into the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel for a two night stay. All Aboard! Opened in 1909 as Terminal Station, the train depot welcomed thousands of travelers during the golden age of railroads. Today, Terminal Station stands as part of the world famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. History and hospitality are at the heart of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. The complex boasts onsite dining, retail shops, tranquil rose gardens and much more.
Tonight, dinner is included at Sticky Fingers Downtown Chattanooga. Enjoy BBQ classics that are pit-smoked & slathered in signature sauces at this Southern smokehouse. (D)
Day 2 – Songbirds Guitar Museum – Rock City – Ruby Falls – Incline Railway – Dinner Cruise
Enjoy breakfast this morning at the Frothy Monkey Restaurant located in the hotel. First stop today is the Songbirds Guitar Museum. As you tour the museum, you will learn and be inspired on a remarkable journey through the history of the guitar and its impact on pop culture and music overall. The tour will include special exhibits and interactive videos.
Next, visit “Rock City” Gardens a true marvel of nature featuring massive rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species and a breathtaking “See Seven States” panoramic view.
Then take a ride on the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. Known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile,” The Incline’s trolley-style cars descends through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade – straight down! Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at The Incline’s top station.
Take a guided Waterfall Tour of Ruby Falls, This famous cave and waterfall is located 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain and see for yourself why it’s been a popular Chattanooga attraction since 1930.
After you disembark at the Incline’s Lower Station, take some time to explore historic St. Elmo. The town of St. Elmo is home to an eclectic collection of shops, restaurants and attractions, all within a few blocks of the Incline.
Tonight, enjoy a dinner cruise on the Southern Belle. Since 1985, the Southern Belle Riverboat has had a simple mission: to provide a unique and spectacular experience of the beautiful city of Chattanooga. Dining cruises show off the beauty of both the river and the city, giving you gorgeous views of Chattanooga that you can only experience from the Southern Belle, all while enjoying a fantastic meal! (B,D)
Day 3 – Ride the Missionary Ridge Local – Chattanooga Market – Depart for Home
Today, take a ride on the Missionary Ridge Local. Travel along one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga, crossing four bridges and passing through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, which was completed in 1858.
The train stops at East Chattanooga, allowing riders to see the locomotive rotating on a turntable and participate in a tour into the railroad restoration shop before re-boarding for the return trip.
Stop at the Chattanooga Market where you can witness its bazaar-like atmosphere you’ll understand why the market is one of the top ten in the country. In front, local farmers set up shop to offer the very freshest from their fields. Go a little further and you’ll find glass blowers, photographers, wood workers, furniture makers, jewelry artists, soap makers, artisan food producers and more selling their wares. Every single vendor must be from within a 100-mile radius and selling only handmade good. Chattanooga food trucks pull up to serve some of the city’s best street food, where you can enjoy lunch on your own before departing for home. (B)