After driving two hours (120miles) on the Highway 75 we arrived in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Driving in US is easy. I like the American system of Rest Areas on the highways, it makes driving easy and they are just after reasonable distances to visit restrooms, grab a bottle of soft drink or just stretch the legs. Usually there is also a possibility to get some tourist info also from those rest areas. At this bit of the highway we were very much interested about coupon brochure of motels.
In Chattanooga we visited Rock City Gardens and Ruby Falls. Rock City is a large walk-through garden between cliffs, which is opened to the public since 1932. Amazing rock formations, lovely flowers, trees and shrubs, as well as spectacular views, make Rock City a beautiful place to visit. It seems to be famous family attraction, we met here lots of families with children from different ages and all of them seemed to have fun, so did we.
At the Enchanted Trail we passed Mushroom Rock and the 1,000 ton balanced rock, and through tunnels and narrow crevices like Needle's Eye. In and around these natural wonders are over 400 varieties of evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and wildflowers. From Lover's Leap there is a Seven States Flag Court, there is a beautiful view on Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. We also checked out this famous view from the top of Lookout Mountain.
Very interesting attraction was also Fat Man's Squeeze. At first it looks it is impossible to go through this path between two stones. But it is possible, no matter how fat you are.
We also went inside Lookout Mountain, where natural phenomena of Ruby Falls can be seen. From the Governs Castle the elevator took our group down into the mountain. We were led along the cave path by the guide, who pointed out many geological wonders. At the end of the cave path there was voice of thundering water and then light was put on we saw breathtaking Ruby Falls. The majestic 145 foot Ruby Falls is the largest underground waterfall open to the public in the United States. The tour took about one hour.
When visiting more than one attraction here, it is worth to buy combo-ticket, for example Rock City and Ruby falls together cost $24, buying separately $13 each.
By the evening we drove to Howard Johnson Express Inn in Murfreesboro and had delicious Mexican dinner in the restaurant Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen behind the corner.