After driving two hours (120 miles) on Highway 75, we arrived in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Driving in the US is easy. I like the American system of rest areas on the highways. It makes driving easy and they are just reasonable distances to visit restrooms, grab a bottle of soda, or just stretch their legs. Usually, there is also a possibility to get some tourist information from those rest areas. At this bit of the highway, we were very much interested in coupon brochures for motels.
In Chattanooga, we visited Rock City Gardens and Ruby Falls. Rock City is a large walk-through garden between cliffs that have been open 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 a popular family attraction. We met lots of families with children of different ages, and all of them seemed to have fun, and so did we.
At the Enchanted Trail, we passed Mushroom Rock and the 1000-ton balanced rock, and we hiked 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, and there is a beautiful view of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. We also checked out this famous view from the top of Lookout Mountain.
Another very interesting attraction was Fat Man’s Squeeze. At first, it looks like 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 the 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 a voice of thundering water, and then the light was put on, and 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 buying combo tickets. For example, Rock City and Ruby Falls together cost $24, while buying them separately costs $13.
By the evening, we drove to the Howard Johnson Express Inn in Murfreesboro and had a delicious Mexican dinner in the restaurant Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen around the corner.
Story continues at Nashville, the Music City