Day 1: We travel along the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains enroute to our destination, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Day 2: We continue to our ultimate destination of Chattanooga and begin a day of sightseeing. We begin at Ruby Falls, America’s deepest commercial cave, which features the highest, mostvisited underground waterfall in the United States. Enjoy a guided tour through this fascinating attraction with its 145-foot waterfall, and extraordinary natural geological formations. At the tour’s conclusion, enjoy the panoramic view from the Lookout Mountain Tower and visit the newly renovated gift shops. Our next stop will be a visit to Rock City. Located atop Lookout Mountain in Georgia, Rock City showcases soaring rock formations, a 100-foot waterfall that cascades down the mountain, the famous Swing-A-Long Bridge that spans nearly 200 feet and the world-famous Lover’s Leap. Enjoy a self-guided tour along the brow of Lookout Mountain, which gives you a panoramic bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area. After our tour, a delicious American picnic is included. Next we take a ride on “America’s Most Amazing Mile,” the Incline Railroad, the world’s steepest passenger railway. Sit back, relax and enjoy as the Incline Railroad climbs historic Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga’s surrounding mountains and valley come alive. After our ride, we continue on to downtown Chattanooga, where we will spend the next two nights at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel. The Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel is the only Historic Hotels of America Resort in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Terminal Station in downtown Chattanooga has been converted into the most fun and beautiful of all Chattanooga hotels. Tonight enjoy dinner at a popular restaurant. (L, D)
Day 3: After a buffet breakfast and leisurely morning, we climb aboard the Chattanooga Ducks for an adventuresome 1-hour tour onboard an original WWII Duck amphibious vehicle. The tour will take you through historic downtown Chattanooga before splashing into the Tennessee River for a fun ecological and historical tour, of the river and the Chattanooga Waterfront. Following our tour, we climb aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad for a 1-hour train excursion. From the comfort of a vintage train car, settle into the clickety-clack of the rails as you enjoy riding on one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga. A box lunch is included. After our train ride, we return to the hotel, where your afternoon is free to enjoy the comforts and amenities of this fabulous hotel. Tonight we climb aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat for a 2-hour dinner cruise on the Tennessee River. (B, L, D)
Day 4: After a buffet breakfast, we depart for Fort Chiswell, Virginia. Upon our arrival, we will visit “The Biggest Little Zoo in Southwest Virginia”, the Fort Chiswell Animal Park, to experience a truly unique and “wild” Safari ride. At Fort Chiswell Animal Park, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the friendliest and craziest animals you’ll ever meet! After our tour, we depart for our hotel for the night in Roanoke, Virginia. (B)
Day 5: We return home with fond memories of our time in Chattanooga.