We rode in the first car behind the engine.
A view of the beautiful Hiwassee River.
When we drove into Tennessee on May 4, we immediately began seeing barn roofs that were painted with signs that said, "SEE ROCK CITY." Those ads were everywhere!! So, on Monday, May 12, we drove up to the top of Lookout Mountain where Rock City is located. It is a geological and botanical wonder! Read about it HERE. The website that I have linked here tells the history of this beautiful place.
After seeing Rock City and visiting their gift shop, we drove a short distance over to what is called, "America's Most Amazing Mile," which is the Incline Railway. We rode down the incline and then returned to the top of Lookout Mountain! HERE is the history and some interesting facts about what we experienced. This website tells everything that would take me forever to share.
The rail car in which we made the trip.
We were not there in the busy season! Dorothy and Esther ready to ride!
The view from the top!
After returning to the top of Lookout Mountain, we got in our car and started the trip back down to Chattanooga. The streets and roads wind back and forth down the mountain. In the 1800's, it took four hours in a wagon to go up or down the mountain. That's why the Incline Railway was built and opened in 1895. Driving it today is much faster, but you do have to go really slow, because you never know what is around the next curve in the way of oncoming traffic! Let's just say that it's a lot different driving there than it is in South Texas!!
It was a great day! The weather there in May is really nice--not hot, not cold, but just right! Before returning to our hotel, we found a Cheddar's Cafe and had dinner there. Then we returned to our hotel for an early evening since we were going to travel to Pigeon Forge the next day.