What You MUST Do If You Only Have One Day in Chattanooga Tennessee

Chattanooga things to do

DO NOT MISS THESE TWO STOPS IN CHATTANOOGA!!

I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t heard more about Chattanooga Tennessee all these years…but clearly, I’ve been missing out. Living in a bubble I guess?? We only gave ourselves one day and one night on our recent southern road trip in Chattanooga and that was not even close to being enough time in this fabulous city! The city itself is much larger than I realized and located on the border of two time zones…can you say confusing?!? They have world class white water rafting on the Ocoee River and apparently an awesome aquarium too! Needless to say we are already planning a return trip to finish our Chattanooga things to do list!

So…in my honest opinion, these two stops CANNOT be missed!

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN: RUBY FALLS AND ROCK CITY

Chattanooga things to do

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RUBY FALLS

Ruby Falls may have been our number one favorite thing we did on our southern road trip!! My kids, husband, and I all agree this was pretty amazing!! Not exactly something you can see just anywhere, anytime!!

Tips:

  • GO EARLY! The line can get quite long in the summer, especially on the weekend.
  • Buy your tickets online in advance- you have to print the tickets (so no buying in line).
  • You can save money if you buy a package deal. So if you plan to do Rock City, the Incline Railway, and Ruby Falls buy them all at once.
  • Prepare to walk 4/5 of a mile…possibly closer to a mile if you include the to walk to your car. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Anyone over the height of about 5 foot 5 inches may have to bend over while walking through the caverns. There are many areas with very low ceilings, aka caves. My husband is well over 6 feet tall and this was a major inconvenience (but well worth it in the end).
  • Getting to the falls takes way longer than getting out…you have to wait on the groups ahead of you several times during your walk there. Budget about two hours for this attraction.
  • They only give you about ten minutes in the room where you can see Ruby Falls…wasn’t quite enough time for me! They usher you into a dark room, then turn on a light show with music for a fun and dramatic effect.
  • They also have a zip line and ropes course that you can add on if you have time.
  • There is a gift shop and small snack bar located at Ruby Falls.

ROCK CITYChatanooga Rocky City- See Seven States

Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga Tennessee

Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga Tennessee

After you visit Ruby Falls, keep heading up the mountain to Rock City…you cannot miss this stop either! I’m talking breathtaking views and where else can you “See Seven States” while standing in one spot? Cool, right?

We were totally surprised at the ease of getting to the scenic viewpoints. I feel like you often see the advertisements of these amazing views but have to be an expert hiker to get those shots. This is not the case in Rock City…it is very commercialized and easy to access.

Tips:

  • Check out the map they give you before just going for it…there are several different trails you can take to different scenic viewpoints. There is a main trail in and out or you can take less strenuous routes.
  • There are several different areas to eat here. Just outside Rock City is a Starbucks, and inside the gates there is a fast food type grill, a pizza place, and a full sit down restaurant with views galore!
  • There are other kid friendly things to do like a rock climbing wall inside and we had live music to entertain us too!
  • “Fat Man’s Squeeze” is really a VERY narrow pathway to walk through. If you are claustrophobic or very overweight, you quite literally will not fit.
  • There is a little “fairyland village” at the end of one of the trails…in my opinion, this was just kind of odd. Maybe my kids were just too old, but they weren’t interested at all.

I especially love stops like these that throw a little hidden education into the day (for kids and grownups)! We learned a little about geography, a little science, and a little history while having fun! I can not wait to go back!

What would you put on a “Chattanooga things to do” list? Let me know what y’all think!

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The 2 stops that cannot be missed in Chattanooga Tennessee

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Why You Should go to Snowbird Ski Resort this Summer!

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO SNOWBIRD SKI RESORT THIS SUMMER!

Snowbird Ski Resort summer fun is on point!

When you think of Snowbird Ski Resort…or any ski resort for that matter…you think winter, right?

Unless you live near a ski resort, most people don’t realize how awesome they can be during the summer as well. There’s mountain biking, hiking, and a lot of other fun outdoor activities. And then there’s the incredible scenery. I’m talking breathtaking views galore!

And, if you go to Snowbird, you’ll find a mini theme park too! Located about 30 minutes southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah, Snowbird is known for world class skiing. As a matter of fact, they’ve had almost 600 inches of snow this season.  There are more than six resorts within a 30 minute drive of SLC, including Park City. If you are visiting the area, Park City is well worth the trip!

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Anticipation & Gratitude

Anticipation and Gratitude

“Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them.”

-Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Waiting for a new baby to arrive.

The planning of a wedding.

An entire school year of dance classes leading up to a recital.

Hours of practice on the field before the big game.

Surprising your spouse with a birthday party.

The transitions from elementary to middle to high school.

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A Weekend Guide to Houston Texas

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HOUSTON WEEKEND GUIDE

Houston is a HUGE city!! I mean it is one of the top five largest cities in the U.S. so I shouldn’t be surprised, right? But still, it just seems to go on and on! There’s no major attraction when you think of visiting Houston, but there is still plenty to see, do, and of course eat! We recently spent our Houston weekend in the Seabrook area. Since we have family that lives there, we got the pleasure of experiencing the city with a local flare!

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Motherhood & Gratitude

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Motherhood & Gratitude

With last weekend being Mothers Day, motherhood has been on my mind. I love a day to celebrate Moms!!

Moms are the Bomb!

Plain and simple. I don’t know what I’d do without mine. My mother has a lot of guilt over working so much during my childhood, but one think I’ve never questioned is her unconditional love for me and her good intentions. I am lucky to know quite a few truly amazing moms and the one thing they all have in common is that they are all trying their best. Trying to make ends meet, trying to give their children the best opportunities, and some days simply trying to make it through the day.

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How and Why You Should Travel Carry-On Only!

Travel Carry-on Only

Our Favorite Way to Travel…

Carry-on Only!

It’s much easier than you might think!

Our family of four has gone to Europe for ten days during cold weather…to Texas for ten days over Spring Break…and we’ve done multiple weekend trips…ALL as carry-on only!!

You can do this too!!

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Busyness & Gratitude

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Busyness & Gratitude

I ran into a friend at the grocery store today and she asked me how I was doing. “Busy” I said, because it is my standard reply.

And it’s true, I am very busy.

But…busy in a good way. I like staying busy. But that hasn’t always been the case.

I started thinking about the concept of busyness this week after reading a post from one of my favorite bloggers on Facebook- Tales of an Educated Debutante. Adrian talked about how we all complain about being busy, busy, busy and how it can often weigh you down. She thought that maybe if we try to be more intentional about the things we do then we might find a little more joy in life!

So, let me be clear: I am very busy. But those things I am so very busy with bring me joy. I like running my kids to their activities after school…because those activities bring them joy. Attending class programs, parties, and events because my kids enjoy me being present brings me joy. I like making cupcakes for a friend’s birthday because I enjoy baking- it brings me joy. Those things that I do each day that cause my “busyness” all bring me joy.

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