Chattanooga, in Tennessee, sits right on the border with Georgia and it is in a valley surrounded by mountains and ridges and known as “The Scenic City”. Having that name your probably thinking, where can you get the best views in town. The answer: Lookout Mountain.
You can drive up Lookout Mountain, but I think the Incline Railway is definitely the way to go. Going through the historic town of St. Elmo, which I recommend spending time in, you go up the one mile track looking through the observation windows on the train as you go up and up and up. You’ll get site tips and history from the conductor as you go up. Known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile”, it’s the steepest passenger railway in the world. You go up Lookout Mountain on the Tennessee side. The mountain is also in Alabama and Georgia.
At the top you get panoramic, scenic and amazing views of Chattanooga, the Tennessee River and it is said up to seven different states on a clear day: Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. I could hang out right there all day long.
Once at the top, take a short walk from the incline to the Battles for Chattanooga Museum, a Civil War battle site. You’ll pass some really nice southern homes along the way. Right next to that is Point Park, a part of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. You’ll see monuments, memorials and the war history of the area.
When in the area also checkout the town of Lookout Mountain which is in Georgia and home to the rock formations and gardens of Rock City. Ruby Falls is home to caves and a 145-foot high underground waterfall. You might have seen a barn that advertises “See Rock City” as they are all over the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. Likewise you can see the words “See Ruby Falls” on billboards all over the place.
For panoramic and scenic views and lot’s of history I definitely recommend checking out Looking Mountain when around Chattanooga. What is a favorite lookout point of yours?