Something about crisp, fall air just makes you want to pack up the kids and hit the road. If you are looking for an easy trip to enjoy the season, try trucking over to Chattanooga. It’s a mere 100 miles from Atlanta—meaning you can probably make it to the outskirts of the Scenic City before you even have to put on another movie in the DVD player or any massive meltdowns ensue. The area has lots to offer: beautiful scenery, yummy eats, and attractions to intrigue all ages. Check out our hot spots for a cool, fall weekend in Chattanooga.

Raccoon Mountain Caverns

Ruby Falls is Chattanooga’s most famous cave, but Raccoon Mountain is a less crowded, less tourist-trappy experience. The main tour is of Crystal Palace, an enormous cave filled with stalactites, stalagmites and other natural rock formations. Adventurous families can sign up for “wild cave” tours, exploring the miles of café beyond the developed, electrified portion that’s on the standard tour, guided by trained cavers. When you’re done with your tour, try your hand at gem panning, or ride the go-karts. The facility also has campsites and cabins for rent.
319 West Hills Dr.
Chattanooga TN
423-821-9403
Online: www.raccoonmountain.com

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—Jessica Harlan

Photos courtesy of Tasty Daylight Donuts via Facebook, Tennessee Aquarium via Facebook, Creative Discovery Museum via Facebook, The Blue Plate via Facebook, Good Dog via Facebook, Raccoon Mountain Caverns via Facebook, the Chattanooga Choo Choo via Facebook and Creative Commons via Flickr