What a great southern city. Granted, we were only there for two days and did a bunch of touristy stuff, but we still came away with a very good impression of a city that isn’t talked about often. Hello, Chattanooga!
This was supposed to be our second to last stop on this road trip. Being 20 minutes away from the horse farm on which we stayed in Trenton, GA, it was an easy way to pluck off a “new” city (and state) on our quest to visit all 50 states by the age of 50. Neither of us had ever been to TN and Christmas time ended up being a beautiful time.
Of all the Christmas villages we’ve been to over the years, from Miami to Atlanta to New York, we have to say the one at Rock City (TN) was absolutely the best. There were thousands of lights throughout the park and hundreds of tiny details that really made this place magical. We felt as though we’d been transported back to childhood with all the whimsical lights and sounds around us.
It was cold though. Really cold. And up in the mountains. Even though we were dressed properly it still felt a bit too chilly to stay as long as we wanted at night. We did go back during the day to capture the sweeping mountain views. Pictures don’t do it justice since there was a bit of mist in the air.
Gorgeous. We can only imagine how much more beautiful it must be in the fall when it’s bursting with colors. This whole mountain area is worth a drive through. Forget taking 95 all the way down the east coast, take the scenic route through the Appalachian mountains!
Yeah, we know Cheril looks crazy wearing a baseball cap AND that furry business, but whatever. Comfort first. lol
From Rock City, we went to the historic Ruby Falls. As the story goes, a cave enthusiast named Leo Lampert is responsible for what it is today. He discovered it in the 1920s. With a small crew he crawled for hours to see where it went and eventually found himself at one of the most magical things he’d ever seen: a natural waterfall within the cave. On another trip in, he went with his wife whom he later named the cave after. Or something like that. Check the link in the first sentence of this paragraph to learn more.
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The tour itself to get to the waterfall wasn’t the best we’ve experience (corny tour guide who laughed at her(or his–we couldn’t tell) own jokes. Seeing the grand finale was worth it, however. There were stalactites and stalagmites galore and whatever this formation is in the pic below.
After this we made our way to Incline Railway (if you ever visit here, just get a pass for all three attractions at once because it’s cheaper). They’re all close to each other and can be done in a day or two depending on your desire.
They call it America’s Most Amazing Mile. We haven’t seen enough of America to validate, but for now…it’s aight. lol
Good stuff. Fun times. Check it out if you’re in the area. It’s worth the detour, we think. What cities do you think are underrated and worth a visit? Let us know!
Below are a few more pics from our trek back home. We were planning to add another stop to Asheville, NC but ended up leaving a day early because we were tired and homesick. As we drove back through TN and VA we enjoyed more wonderful views. Check out Monica and her shenanigans voguing down the side of the mountain. We’re convinced she was a DRAG QUEEN in a former life. lol Those who know Monica personally know how RuPaul she can get!
If you love a city that most people ignore, let us know about it and we might just breeze through. While international travel is great, we have so much beauty right here at home. Until next time…thank you for reading…