Get ready for a chuggin' good time in Chattanooga with your charter bus group.
Chattanooga Choo Choo, there really is one. The original Chattanooga Choo Choo made its first run from Cincinnati in 1880, but no one really knew about it until the Glenn Miller song. Your charter bus group can see the real deal which is located in the original terminal station that is now a vacation complex. Best of all, this venue is free.
Charter a stop at the Chattanooga Zoo where your charter bus group can see over 140 different animals are displayed, which is a far cry from the 1937 opening when the zoo had two monkeys to show the public. There are petting zoos and a gift shop and be sure to stop by and say hello to the zoo's oldest resident, Hank the Chimpanzee.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park will impress the history buffs on your charter bus excursion. This is the nation's first and largest Military Park. See the Fuller gun collection and learn about the biggest battles fought during the Civil War. Raccoon Mountain Caverns is a fabulous photo opportunity for your charter bus gang. Unlike a lot of cavern tours, this one does allow photos. Your charter bus group will see an incredible display of natural bridges, fossils, and the smooth passages of the Crystal Palace Room.
Rock City will require a little effort on the part of your charter bus group to see, but it's very worth it. This 4100-foot trail winds among natural stone formations and passes a nearly 100-foot tall waterfall. At the top of the trail, your charter bus group will be treated to an absolutely incredible view from the 180-foot suspension bridge that lets your group get a bird’s eye view of Chattanooga Valley. On a clear day, seven states (Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and of course, Tennessee) can be seen from the vantage at Lover’s Leap.
For those in your charter bus group that want to pick up some souvenirs, there is a gift shop and several snack bars for anyone that got a hunger pang from the walk. Ruby Falls is a well kept secret in this area. It's a little off the beaten path but oh so worth a stop. Take your charter bus gang deep within Lookout Mountain and they will find a beautifully lighted view of the falls located 1120 feet underground. They are named "Ruby" after the sweetheart of the man that discovered them.
Tennessee Aquarium is impressive. Your charter bus group will love seeing the world’s largest freshwater aquarium. This facility is home to more than 9,000 creatures. Your charter bus group will see alligators, ducks, frogs, eels, snakes, and otters, to name just a few.
If your charter bus gang is hungry, good luck choosing just one restaurant to dine at, Chattanooga has a number of great choices. Acropolis is a great stop for some fantastic Greek fare, reservations are highly recommended for this popular stop. Another great stop for your charter bus group that is a little more casual, is the Amigo Mexican Restaurant where the portions are large and the prices are not. The food is consistently good and the service is always glad to see you.
Terra Nostra Restaurant and Wine Bar is a little more upscale for your charter bus group and they will love the chef' special lobster bisque. This restaurant is known far and wide for its fabulous seafood. With the fun destinations, fine food and great company, your charter bus group will be talking about this excursion for a long time to come!