Explore natural wonders on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee

World-class attractions on Lookout Mountain, outdoor adventure, amazing restaurants and a rich art scene make Chattanooga the perfect gap year destination. Located just minutes from downtown Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain offers travellers fun, unique and educational experiences combined with amazing natural beauty!

Beautiful Lookout Mountain overlooking the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee

Lookout Mountain is home to three top-rated, world-famous attractions that showcase the natural and historic beauty of the area, each with one-of-a-kind, breathtaking views of the Chattanooga Valley.

Spectacular views of the Chattanooga Valley from Lookout Mountain Tower

Trek through natural wonders at Rock City! Only six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is 1,700 feet above sea level, with a 140-foot waterfall that cascades down the mountain, and a famous Swing-A-Long bridge which spans nearly 200 feet. This self-guided tour along the brow of Lookout Mountain gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of the valley below, as well as glorious gardens featuring beautiful flowering trees and blooms amidst the magnificent geological rock formations. Some of Rock City’s other features include Lover’s Leap where you can ‘See Seven States,’ and challenge yourself on the climbing wall, see seasonal birds of prey shows and enjoy dining at Café 7 on the terraces at Lover’s Leap. Fairyland Caverns offers magical vignettes of beloved fairy tales which are sure to delight guests of all ages. In addition, Rock City also hosts numerous award-winning special events and festivals year-round.

World-famous Lover’s Leap at Rock City

Discover adventure at Ruby Falls, America’s tallest underground waterfall and deepest cave accessible to the public. Take a guided tour through the cavern with its unique geological formations as you journey to the spectacular underground waterfall—located 1,120 feet beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain. Weather is never an issue because the forecast is always 60 degrees with no rain inside the cave at Ruby Falls. During your visit, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Tennessee River from the top of Lookout Mountain Tower and experience the thrill of ZIPStream Aerial Adventure from the treetops overlooking Chattanooga. Open seasonally, ZIPStream is an adrenaline-pumping experience with over 700 feet of rushing zip lines, a 40-foot climbing tower, and suspended obstacle courses for varying skill levels. Ruby Falls also hosts lantern tours, extended cavern experiences, and many other special events throughout the year.

Breathtaking Ruby Falls located 1,120 feet below ground

Experience the ‘Mile of Smiles!’ on the historic Incline Railway. Operating for more than a century, the world’s steepest passenger railway is a National Historic site and a Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Be sure to visit the machine room where the giant gears are put into motion.

Historical Incline Railway—the world’s steepest passenger railway

Create gap year travel memories full of fun and adventure on Lookout Mountain. Start planning your trip today by visiting for savings when you purchase combination tickets for Lookout Mountain attractions. Packages and tickets are good for a full year from the date of purchase should you decide to extend your trip or make a return visit!

This article was written in partnership with Lookout Mountain Attractions

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