The Incline Railway is a very fun ride with some spectacular views both on the way up & the way down. Another of Chattanooga's many historic attractions, the Incline goes up Lookout Mtn. (famous from the American Civil War battle among other things) and dates back to 1895. It was truly a technical marvel for its time & still is today, really, as its steepest portion reaches a grade of almost 73%! It is a very fun & popular attraction for the entire family.
As a native Chattanoogan, I have been up the Incline several times in my life, but I never get tired of riding it-especially with friends from out of town. I always enjoy showing out of town visitors my beautiful & historic city & the Incline is always a part of my 'tour' I give them. Whether you come from a mountainous area or from the plains, you will be sure to enjoy the Incline. It's also a convenient way to go up Lookout mtn. without having to drive the curvy mountain roads. Some reviewers have complained that it's kind of pricey to them. However, if you consider the time & gas saved by riding the Incline to the top, it's more than worth the price. They do give senior & child discounts also.
They have a large parking lot at the bottom so you can leave your car there. The seats on the rail cars are angled such that you will be leaning back some at the bottom so that when you reach the top, you will be sitting upright. Once you reach the top, you can walk a short ways to Point Park, a part of the Lookout Mtn. Battlefield of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Besides the battlefield & monuments there, they have displays inside the visitor center as well. Next door to the visitor center, is the Battles for Chattanooga diorama, another Civil War related attraction.
Also, besides going all the way up & down, the Incline will stop about halfway up where you can walk to the Craven's House (another section of the battlefield) if you ask them.
Since it is a popular attraction, the lines can be lengthy at times-esp. in the summer months and/or on weekends. But, the lines move quickly & they have extended hours in the summer.
The Incline is also known as "America's Most Amazing Mile" as it's about a mile in length straight up from the bottom to the top via the railway. I highly recommend it as a 'can't miss' thing to do while in Chattanooga. One time, I had some friends visiting from northern Italy. I didn't think they would be too impressed with the Incline since they lived near the Italian Alps which are much higher than Lookout Mtn. However, they were thrilled with the ride & views from the Incline & giggled like little kids all the way up & down.
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