Pardon me boys, is this the Chattanooga Choo Choo? Yes! Plus, it’s Lookout Mountain, Olympic whitewater rapids and abundant greenways along the Tennessee River. And don’t forget about the spectacular downtown, world-class museums and bustling shopping districts. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, Chattanooga THE HOT LIST In Chattanooga, experience the new lemur exhibit as the Tennessee Aquarium celebrates its 25th anniversary. On the Chattanooga Choo Choo campus, marvel at more than 300 rare, vintage guitars at the Songbirds Guitar Museum. Then, stroll Station Street, a pedestrian-friendly entertainment district. Get off the beaten path by exploring the beautiful Tennessee Overhill. Songbirds Guitar Museum rendering, Chattanooga ICONIC EXPERIENCE With a 72.7 percent grade up the side of Lookout Mountain and views of Chattanooga, it’s not surprising that the Incline Railway, also known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile” has delighted guests for more than a century. FREE ATTRACTION See how the town of Englewood grew out of three textile mill villages when you visit the Englewood Textile Museum, where artifacts and special programs bring local history to life. Mountain Biking, Tennessee Overhill LOCAL FLAVOR Don’t miss the freshly baked pastries, pies, cakes and salt-rise bread in Tracy City at The Dutch Maid Bakery & Café, Tennessee’s oldest family-owned bakery. Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga THE UNEXPECTED If you could have dinner with anyone from the Civil War, who would it be? You might just get your wish at Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theater in Whitwell, where antebellum-style dishes are served up alongside American history with a humorous twist. Just spent three days here and really liked it. The bicycle-friendly streets made it a very good ride around town and across the bridge. The very spacious sidewalks made it easy to walk from brew pub to restaurants located throughout. —James McVey via Facebook
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