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Extend Your Lookout Mountain Adventure on the Incline Railway

May 01, 2017 Categories: News and Tips Vacation Planning

Extend Your Lookout Mountain Adventure on the Incline Railway

Spring is in full bloom and summer is right around the corner, making now the best time to get out and explore Lookout Mountain. And everyone knows the best way to travel the mountain and experience the fantastic views is on the Incline Railway—America’s most amazing mile.

Your roundtrip journey up or down Lookout Mountain on the Incline Railway creates two unique experiences. Both allowing you and your family to extend your trip while exploring Lookout Mountain in a new way.

Let’s start in historic St. Elmo with a trip up the Incline. As you sit back and start your ascent, an unforgettable view of Chattanooga, the Appalachians, and the Tennessee River is in front of you, and that’s just the beginning. There is a remarkable view, which is the highest on Lookout Mountain, from the upper observation deck at the Incline Railway top station.

After admiring the view stroll down to the lower level and observe the engineering marvel of the engine room.   On the main top station level, don’t miss the Centennial photo exhibits of the bygone era of Lookout Mountain. 

Just a few short walk from the top station is Battles for Chattanooga Museum, here, the Civil War’s Battle Above the Clouds comes to life in a digital panoramic display. While describing in detail the battles of this critical Civil War campaign, the display also provides more perspective on the geography of Lookout Mountain and surrounding areas, which will come in handy when you walk through history at Point Park.  Markers commemorating the Civil War battles fought on Lookout Mountain can be found throughout the park, and as you overlook Moccasin Bend and the Tennessee River-you remember the description from the Battles of Chattanooga-the historical importance of this place is felt.

Lookout Mountain is one of the most popular photo spots in the country, so make sure you pose for a potential profile picture with Chattanooga in the background at one of the overlooks within Point Park or from the Incline top station Observation Deck.

Heading back to the upper station, be sure to find that perfect souvenir of the trip and get ready for the adventure that awaits at in historic St. Elmo below.

After descending Lookout Mountain back to the lower station, we are certain the family has worked up an appetite. Luckily some of the best restaurants in Chattanooga are just a short walk away, and whether it’s a burger at the 1885 Grill, a burrito at Mojo’s, or a fresh slice at Mr. T’s Pizza, there are numerous dining options available.

Afterwards, treat the kids—and yourself—to some of Clumpies' homemade ice cream, or maybe even head to Plus Coffee in historic St. Elmo to help you recharge for the next round of Lookout Mountain adventures.

Book your trip and extend your adventure on the Incline Railway at, and discover the gateway to a fantastic family vacation!