see it for yourself
Weathermen are wrong so often that it is better to see it with your own eyes.
So here is a weathercam in Chattanooga that you can use to check on the local weather.
It is located on the local TV station WTVC.
See Rock City!
One can see these signs over much of America, and again like Ruby Falls, though I had lived in the area before I had never visited. Again like Ruby Falls, on a hot summer day, this is a cool, cool place to visit. High atop Lookout Mtn, having driven the twisting and curving roads, following sign after sign, we finally arived! Typical theme park set up in the front, a little restaurant, souvenir shops, guides ready to help you if you´d like (they are optional) or you can take a map of the grounds and wander around yourself. The maps and history was printed in 9 different languages, very helpful as they get visitors from around the world.
Rock City is not only known for its sites, being able to look off the top and see seven states, but also for its gardens, its unique rock formations and nature. We had a wonderful time wandering around, touching the cool stones, listening to the echoes of the birds, other tourists (which was few, and quite nice). Some of the highlights, are Deer Park, a special park were rare albino deer are kept; the swing along bridge you will see on one of the fotos, I had especial fun at that. My mother doesn´t like the heights, so of course I had to jump up and down on it and scare her LOL Also there is Lover´s Leap, the bluff from where two young people from warring Native American tribes leapt to their deaths, because they could not be together. The "Fat Man´s squeeze, is a REALLY tight pass one could very well get stuck in. Along the way, stop and have a bit to eat or something cool to drink, there are stands and a gazebo at a special section near Flag Court.
Besides my fotos, one can visit the website and take a virtual tour, or visit on your own sometimes. We had bough our tickets in a package discount, seeing Ruby Falls and Rock City for 24.95. Its $12,95 at the door to enter. You can buy online and print your tickets yourself also.
Excellent Mediterranean Cuisine
The Acropolis is a 4-star grill that is one of only about a dozen restaurants in the city to be given 5 stars by chattanoogadineout.com. This great local restaurant has a large selection of greek, italian, french, and american food. They use the perfect amounts of spices on everything and just about everything on the menu is delicious. Perhaps the best part of all is free: the homemade bread and cinnamin butter that comes with all entrees. Salads are very similar to Italian salads with a vinigrette-type house dressing. I recently tried their soup which was some of the best I've ever had anywhere. The owner is a very-friendly Greek man who makes sure to greet everyone before they leave and to ensure that everything was as good as it could possibly be. He alone makes this place unique and special, which is why I recommend it so highly besides the food. The restaurant's atmosphere is elegant and casual, decorated with Greek art and highlighted with traditional Greek music. You may want to make reservations but the wait is normally not very long except at peak times on the weekend. My two favorite dishes so far are the Mahi Mahi and the santorini, with either garlic mashed potatoes or a baked potato and greek-style okra. Just make sure you have a lot of bread, and if you like, order the fried cheese, a Greek tradition. There is also a large selection of specialty drinks and desserts that are very good. Some have alcohol and/or coffee.
No doubt about it - Ruby Falls is a very touristy attraction, one for which you see billboards and bumper stickers all over the southern United States. Having said that, however, I confess that it is one I have enjoyed seeing twice and have recommended to others.
The main attraction is a 145 foot underground waterfall located over 1120 feet beneath the mountain’s surface. Visitors are herded down to a massive cavern in the dark. Then, in a moment of drama, the lights are turned on to reveal this chute of water cascading down from above them. The truly magnificent moment is when the lights are red (or ruby) colored. Fun stuff, indeed, and our young daughters were awed by it at the time, even if they don't remember it twenty years later.
Taking a ride on one of the Chattanooga Ducks is a very unique way to sightsee. The ducks are restored World War ll amphibious vehicles that were used mainly to transport soldiers behind the front lines on land and water. The ride, which lasts between 45 minutes to one hour, takes one from downtown on Chestnut Street to Ross's Landing, where the duck enters the TN River and goes under Market, Walnut, and Veterans Bridges, around Maclellan Island, and back to Ross's Landing downtown.
Maclellan Island is a nature preserve owned by the Audubon Society where wildlife is plentiful and often seen on these tours. The duck tour also provides great views of the Bluff View and Hunter Museum, Coolidge Park, the Aquarium, and some of the surrounding mountains. The captain also gives any kids on board the chance to steer the boat. Great tour for families!
Regular adult admission is $12
seniors - $10
children - $8
Call for reservations.
See my travelogue for more photos and info.