There is a beautiful view at the top of this mountain. What surprised me most is the view of the... read more
Rock City is free walking so you could do it in an hour or so (if you rush thru) or it could take 3-4 hours if you experience the free nature talks (which I enjoy), gift shops, and coffee shop (you must try the elephant ears... More
Rock City is free walking so you could do it in an hour or so (if you rush thru) or it could take 3-4 hours if you experience the free nature talks (which I enjoy), gift shops, and coffee shop (you must try the elephant ears with powdered sugar) at the overlook--it's about mid-way through the trail. Ruby Falls is a guided tour so you are on a schedule so I'd allow about 2-3 hours (depending if there is a line)...you take an elevator to the bottom of the cave to start the tour. There is also a Ropes course with a short zip line onsite too (outside and additional charge). So all this said, you can do both in a day...but it will be a full day. I'd recommend doing Rock City first to take advantage of the daylight followed by Ruby Falls as it's inside so you aren't limited to the daylight hours. Finish up your day with dinner in St Elmo (at the bottom of Lookout Mountain (on the Rock City side). There is a great casual pizza place (Mr T's), excellent food at a restaurant call 1885 (the name), and two really good Mexican restaurants all in the same vicinity. You can't go wrong with either. There is also a really, really good "southern food" restaurant with "real home-cooking" and the best ever desserts called the Southern Star. It's on Broad Street (downtown) catty-corner to The Chattanoogan Hotel (closed Saturday/Sunday). If you are looking for something a little more upscale, try Hennen's (across from the Aquarium) excellent fine dining. Ohhhh...so many choices! Have a great visit to Chattanooga!