Rivers and Rails in Chattanooga TN
Arriving in Bristol VA we check into the Courtyard by Marriott, and after a short rest we head over to the Birthplace of Country Music for a nice dinner and a self guided tour of the museum.
The Birthplace of Country Music…is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, explores how evolving sound technology shaped their success, and highlights how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music. Through text and artifacts, multiple theater experiences, and interactive displays – along with a variety of educational programs, music performances, and community events – the exciting story of these recording sessions and their far-reaching influence comes alive. Rotating exhibitions from guest curators and other institutions, including the Smithsonian, are featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The museum also houses a collection of related objects, photographs and paper ephemera, and digital items.
Upon arrival into Chattanooga TN, you will meet your knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining local tour guide who will be with you during your group’s time in Chattanooga, sharing fascinating stories and historical anecdotes about America’s scenic city!
We will enjoy two nights’ accommodations at the Holiday Inn Chattanooga at Hamilton Place. Minutes from downtown Chattanooga and all top attractions, including The Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee River and Lookout Mountain. This metropolitan area is diverse with culture, history and beauty. Take time to walk along the Tennessee Riverfront and relive history. Take a cruise on the Southern Belle River Boat along the Tennessee River and imagine yourself at the Battle of Chattanooga. The hotel recently upgraded their internet service and now offers blazing fast Wi-Fi! Your stay includes full hot breakfast each morning and round trip luggage assistance.
Incline Railway…The Inclineís trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade straight up! Sit back and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at the Inclineís top station.
Southern Belle River Boat…Where we enjoy a delicious dinner and beautiful, scenic cruise down the Tennessee River onboard Chattanooga’s Southern Belle River Boat. Since 1985, the Southern Belle River Boat has had a simple mission: to provide a unique and spectacular experience of the beautiful city of Chattanooga. Our dining cruises show off the beauty of both the river and the city, giving you gorgeous views of Chattanooga that you can only experience from the Southern Belle, all while enjoying a fantastic meal!
You will spend the day with your knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining local tour guide, who will be with you all day to ensure your group’s trip goes efficiently and flawlessly.
Today we will visit attractions like: Chattanooga Choo Choo, Northshore & Coolidge Park, Bluff View Art District, National Cemetery, St. Elmo, Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee River, Ross’s Landing, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Historic Warehouse Row and more! At the conclusion of your city tour, enjoy a deli boxed lunch during your 1-hour drive to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Train Depot in scenic Etowah, TN.
Next you will enjoy a 50-mile round trip on Hiwassee River Rail Adventure up the beautiful lower Hiwassee River gorge. This 4-hour trip on the train will take you to the top of the famous “Hiwassee Loop” where the tracks cross over themselves as they corkscrew up the mountain near Farner, TN.
Aubrey’s Restaurant…Will finish our day as you enjoy a delicious meal at Aubrey’s! One taste and you’ll know why Aubrey’s is delightfully delicious and uncommonly creative. Try one their of our tantalizing tastes like their Fresh and Famous Strawberry Salad, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Thunder Road Burger and Blackened Rattlesnake Pasta. Finish off with one of our mouth watering sweet treats.
Today we take a leisurely drive up I-81 to the city of Staunton VA where the Comfort Inn will be our home for the night. Dinner will be included at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant.
Quicksburg VA…Shenandoah Caverns…The caverns tour consists of a one mile, one hour walk through around 17 spectacular rooms and passageways. All of our tours are personally guided by a knowledgeable guide who will show you all the wonders of this underground world, as well as answer any questions you may have. You’ll see a variety of unique, intricate and unexpected formations like the Capitol Dome, Rainbow Lake and Beyond the Veil. Our famous “Breakfast Bacon” formations were featured in National Geographic Magazine. From soaring rooms like Long View Hall to the extraordinary crystalline formations of Diamond Cascade, there’s a new wonder around every bend.
The caverns remains a constant 56 degrees year round, so only a light jacket is needed. The elevator takes you into and out of the caverns, but the cave is not considered ADA accessible. You do need to be able to stand for one hour and walk one mile on a crushed gravel pathway with inclines and declines. There are two ramps with handrails. Due to the nature of the cave, there are some spots where you will need to duck your head. They do allow wheelchairs, scooters and strollers to go through about 80% of the tour, but please keep in mind that it is quite difficult to push a wheelchair on the gravel pathway.
American Celebration on Parade…at Shenandoah Caverns offers an up close look at a unique collection of stunning parade floats, props, and stage settings from America’s entertainment and political history. This collection includes parade floats from the Rose Parade, Presidential Inaugurals, and other national celebrations. Children and adults of all ages love the playful animation of the floats, while massive floats “they’ve only seen on TV”.
RT 11 Potato Chips…in Mount Jackson VA (formerly of Middletown VA) where you can enjoy some of the best potato chips anywhere. About 10 years ago, with lots of potatoes, good oil, salt, serendipity, and a little luck, Route 11 Potato Chips sprouted in an old feed store in Middletown, VA. They felt that their only purpose in that moment and many after, was that they produce the best potato chips on the planet. Chips they could be proud of. Chips, that with every potatoey crunch, would make you feel like you were experiencing something very special. Everything they make is hand cooked. This is much more labor intensive than the continuous frying methods of the big boys, but the payoff in creating a product that is truly delicious is worth all the effort. They hope you enjoy the chips as much as they do. Surprise…some even taste like vegetables!
Cost per Person
- Dbl $865 $877
- Trp $795 $807
- Qd $779 $791
- Sgl $975 $987
Limestone Church 7 am rt 7 pm
Executive Coach 8 am rt 5:30 pm