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“Awesome views from the world's steepest passenger railway!”

The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
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Chattanooga Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
Ranked #18 of 153 things to do in Chattanooga
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Owner description: Known as “America’s Most Amazing Mile,” The Incline’s trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade – straight up! Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at The Incline’s top station. And while you’re up top, be sure to visit the many points of Civil War interest, the Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map & Museum and Point Park, part of the Chickamauga -Chattanooga National Military Park system, just a few short blocks from the Incline top station.Then, after you descend back down to the Incline bottom station, explore historic St. Elmo, where a wonderful collection of unique shopping and dining experiences await you.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 August 2014

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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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Great fun - with amazing views/photo opportunities. Managed to get some discount coupons from the shop (although we had been told they never get accepted - they did accept them). Worth a visit, you can have a one-way ticket or a return (wouldn't like to walk up to the top though!) - queues can be lengthy to get back down fortunately we timed it well. In total you'll probably only need an hour there - but we enjoyed it.

Thank Redwine2812
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Fun ride with some pretty awsome views. I thought it was a bit pricy for a ride to thier other gift shop which you can get to by car. The local coupon book has a coupon for $4.99 on an $11.50. ride. When we got there the tickit office said they didn't have coupons. When I showed the coupon to her she said it was for a the "incline football". Of course the $4.99 was in large bold text and the Incline Football (whatever that is) is in much smaller text. Bottom line is that it is $15.00 round trip, from gift shop to gift shop.

2  Thank Jeff S
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Reviewed 23 August 2014 via mobile

A great activity to do after eating at one of the surrounding restaurants. Good stuff in the gift shops and a great place to take photos at the top of the mountain!

Thank ktwells443
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

This site is simply put, a one mile ride up the mountain with a 30 minute wait for a return trip and then a one mile trip down. While it is interesting as to how the train operates and the history of it, the trees around the path are so overgrown that there is a miniscule opportunity to enjoy any view except straight ahead. At the bottom of the incline you are unloaded and must wait with little to see/do for 30 minutes while you wait to ride back up. At thetop of the incline, there is the "mandatory" gift shop and fried food snack shop and the same fudge the other attractions sell. Save your time and money and skip this ride.

3  Thank Karen K
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