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Mirroring Chattanooga’s unique heritage and the transformations that have taken place over time, Fort Wood is located close to the Eastern boundaries of Chattanooga of 1838. It was taken over by the city in 1851. During 1900 and 1910, Fort Wood gained prominence as an affluent neighborhood and many esteemed citizens built their homes here. The area still retain its charm and is beautifully lined with trees, and the structures are fine examples of the early 20th-century styles of architecture.
Perched atop the rocky cliffs overlooking the Tennessee River is the Bluff View Art District, Chattanooga's address for fine art and sculpture. Visitors desiring accommodations off the beaten path can sleep in luxury at the Bluff View Inn Bed and Breakfast and enjoy a meal at one of the area's restaurants. Evenings, partake of the coffee houses and nightlife, and afternoons can be spent strolling through the sculpture garden.
Start at the top of a raging river and then delve beneath the surface to discover all the life that teems within. It is all a part of the experience of the world's largest freshwater aquarium. Within the 12-story structure, you will see birds, snakes, river otters and turtles in their natural habitats, as well as fish indigenous to the Tennessee River.
Long ago, the only way to reach the top of Lookout Mountain was via this mile-long railroad. Today, it is still a popular way to ascend the heights, but by tourists, not residents. The ride aboard the original rail cars provides a gorgeous view of the valley below and the ridge above. An informative narration along the ride tells the history of both the mountain and the railway. Fresh squeezed lemonade, tasty fudge and a gift shop are inside the station at the top. Once you are finished shopping, you're ready to visit a number of Lookout Mountain attractions including Rock City, Ruby Falls or Point Park.
Take a half-mile walk into the center of Lookout Mountain to the largest underground waterfall in the United States. This 145-foot fall funnels 300 gallons of water per minute into a subterranean river. The gorgeous falls are highlighted with colored lights and a reflecting pool. There is a 10-story observation tower, Ruby Falls Fun Forest for kids, and walking tour through the caverns, which lasts one and one-half hours.