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Atlanta-Chattanooga

U.S. Civil War Battlefield Tour

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The warmth of Atlanta and Chattanooga in the spring and fall offers a respite from colder conditions further north, and early June is beautiful as well. Atlanta was founded as a major railroad hub in 1836 after the Cherokee Native Americans ceded the territory, and today it is not only the city where Coca Cola was launched in 1886 and first sold in pharmacy lunch counters, it is also home to UPS, Turner Broadcasting, Home Depot, and Delta Airlines. A far more cosmopolitan city today, Atlanta had its tribulations and checkered past such as its history of slavery, and the Union invasion and burning of the city in 1864, which was the theme for local author Margaret Mitchell’s book Gone With The Wind. Atlanta was home to Martin Luther King and a forerunner of the civil rights movement, adopting the motto “the city too busy to hate”, a motto still practiced by its friendly, hospitable residents. Due to the number of large, profitable companies headquartered here who have given back to the community, some of the attractions rival what you will find in any other city. The Georgia Aquarium is, in our opinion, the best in the U.S. Good southern barbeque and an Atlanta Braves or Falcons game may compliment the educationally oriented sites visited. Chattanooga, Tennessee, a roughly two hour drive from Atlanta, is a hidden gem of the south, steeped in Civil War history. Perched on the Tennessee River, the city offers a quaint, southern charm with beautiful views of the river and looming mountains. The hit song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” is indeed rooted in reality, because the city was a major railroad hub due to cargo transported by river. Today, a portion of the hub remains and is the site of the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel, where one can see locomotives and cars from the 1800s at the original platforms, and dine in one of the cars, torches illuminating the platform out the window. Following the Battle of Chickamauga nearby in September 1863, the Union and Confederate Army fought in and around Chattanooga for months, including the famous Battle of Lookout Mountain which overlooks the city and river. Chattanooga’s Incline Railway is the steepest rail ride in the world and can be ridden today up Lookout Mountain. Lookout Mountain features several historical sites, hiking trails with stunning, panoramic vistas, and Ruby Falls Cave. Ruby Falls Cave is 1,000 feet underground, can be toured with a professional guide, and is safe for people of all ages. At the end of the cave, you will stand at the base of an underground waterfall that drops 145 feet into a pool. The cavern at the end of the cave, illuminated by multi-colored lights, is a feast for the eyes. Chattanooga’s aquarium is worth the visit, state of the art, vast, diverse, and includes an IMAX theater.
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CNN Studio Tour

The CNN studio is next to the Georgia Aquarium, a convenient accoutrement to the obligatory aquarium visit. Tours of the studio are led by a guide, and you can see live broadcasts through a window.

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River Boat Tour on the Tennessee River

Enjoy the scenery along the banks of the Tennessee River by boat.

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Tennesse Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium, in Chattanooga, rivals renowned aquariums in other states, and has a very large fresh water section in addition to a salt water section. You will see more than fish as well.

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Ruby Falls Cave

1,000 feet underground, the cave can be toured with a professional guide by people of all ages, walking upright along a path.

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The Incline Railway to Top of Lookout Mtn.

Ride the world's steepest railway, at a 74 degree angle, to the top of Lookout Mountain.

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Rock City's Natural Wonders, on Lookout Mtn.

Located atop Lookout Mountain 1,700 feet above sea level, Rock City offers hiking trails such as The Enchanted Trail, and gardens featuring more than 400 different species of native wildflowers, plants, shrubs and trees.

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Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga Battles

The Chattanooga campaign was a series of battles in October and November of 1863. The Battle of Lookout Mountain was fought November 24, 1863, two months following the Union defeat at Chickamauga when Union forces retreated to Chattanooga.  Union Forces under Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker assaulted and defeated Confederate forces on Lookout Mountain.

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Chickamauga Battlefield

Chickamauga National Military Park is 1/2 hour from Chattanooga. The Battle of Chickamauga, Sep 19-20, 1863, was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War and involved the second highest number of casualties in the war following the Battle of Gettysburg.

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