Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Touring Beautiful Rock City

Monday, January 18, 2016

Touring Beautiful Rock City

Last summer, Jason and I took the girls to Rock City, located just a few miles from Chattanooga, TN. Featuring massive rock formations, it's really a must see if you are planning a trip to the area. The first thing I loved was seeing that it was a self-guided tour, so you can take your time walking through the gardens, getting to enjoy the beauty of the place at your own pace.

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Sitting 1700 feet above sea level, you get spectacular views, including a view of 7 states on top of "Lovers Leap". 

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In the heat of the summer, touring though the shady rock caverns was a welcomed relief!

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But the real jewel is the 100-foot waterfall on the side of the mountain.


We spent several hours exploring Rock City, as well as their Fairyland Caverns. Well worth the $20 price per person admittance fee. It was definitely one of the highlights of our Tennessee vacation, and I'd love to return if we ever pass through the area again.

Do you like to explore caverns and waterfalls?

 

50 comments:

  1. Wow that looks amazing and there's hardly a crowd so you can enjoy the serene views in peace. I love going for such nature walks and even swimming in the waterfalls if possible :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. They were pretty busy when we went, but the area is so huge, everyone breaks off on their own separate ways and you really only stumble across a family or two on the trails. At least until you hit the busy spots, like Lovers Leap.

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  2. sounds like a place I'd absolutely enjoy! Nature and gardens are so lovely and relaxing!

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    1. I really think you would love it there Dezzy! I wish we would have had a full day to explore, but we wanted to hit up the cave tours at a nearby location before they closed. Jason kept rushing me along, so if we go back, I'll make a plan to carve out at least half a day to enjoy it without being rushed.

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    2. yes, you need to give those wonders a whole day the ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES style :)

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    3. You know, I tried to get Jason to take me to some of those All The Bright Places spots (specifically the Shoe Tree) but he lacks a sense of adventure. Or at least, my intrigue into pointless and bizarre things. I need to find me an adventurous friend who will travel to stupid places and enjoy it as much as I do. I mean, is life really complete until you've seen the worlds biggest yarn ball?

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    4. or that fugly world's biggest painted ball LOL Only over there would that be an attraction :) I would visit Seven Pillars, though

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    5. Yes, the painted ball does sound like a must see ;) I'd like to visit Seven Pillars. I could probably get Jason to actually take me there.

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  3. Wow! What a beautiful place. I love the stone structures. Exploring the caves looks like so much fun. We haven't done that as a family yet and I plan on it this summer somewhere around here most likely. ;)

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    1. Cave exploring is so fun, though I don't like to go on long treks in them. After a while, it all starts to look the same.

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  4. I should have gone here when I went to Chattanooga, TN. It's on the way from Omaha, Nebraska to Savannah, GA. So pretty!

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    1. If you ever head back through, make sure you stop! I bet the boys would really love it there. There is a really long suspension bridge that is super fun to cross. I just didn't show a photo of it because Mariah's shorts looked way too short in the photo I got of the girls crossing.

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  5. That would sure be a fun place to explore. Interesting how 7 states can be seen. I hope no lovers leap from there though, at least without a hang glider or something lol

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    1. I hope they didn't either, though hang gliding sounds really fun from that area!

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  6. Rock City is a gorgeous place, and it's so much fun. We've been there with the kids a few times. It's one of those places that has something for every member of the family.

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  7. This looks like such a pretty place to visit. All the pictures are amazing. I would love to go and explore the caves and see the waterfalls.

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  8. I love Rock City! My daughter and I went there last spring, and she usually goes for her birthday when they are doing the Enchanted Garden of Lights.

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    1. Ooh, I would have loved to have seen the Enchanted Garden of Lights! I hope we can make it back for the some day!

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  9. Why have I never heard of Rock City? It's absolutely beautiful. I'll be adding it to my travel bucket list.

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    1. Definitely do so. There's a few more touristy spots nearby that are just as fun to hit up while you are there, too!

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  10. This is breathtaking! I would love to visit Rock City. I am adding it to my bucket list.

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  11. Oh my gosh. These pictures are stunning. I would love to see this in person.

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  12. What a gorgeous place to visit! I love the Seven States area and your photo of the rock cavern where it seems to have a rainbow hue.

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    1. Isn't that neat? They just put up colored glass and the light shone through like that. It was so beautiful in person!

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  13. Wow, this place is one-of-a-kind! I love that view over the canopy. I'd definitely like to explore Rock City.

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    1. Liz, I'm sure you'll get there some day. You are such a globe trotter as it is, I'm surprised you haven't been there already!

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  14. Wow! Tennessee is one start I have not visited and really did not have a picture of the terrain in my head. What an extraordinary place to go exploring. I love that you can see so many states!

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    1. Indiana is so flat, my girls just loved the hills and mountains of TN. Though, we never did get used to our ears popping lol.

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  15. This look so beautiful. I would love to go and explore this place. It would be so amazing to find a spot and meditate near a waterfall.

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    1. This would be the perfect place to meditate. It was so peaceful!

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  16. Such a gorgeous place to explore! I'd love to take a trip there some day!

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  17. Wow, it's so picturesque! I love exploring caverns, caves and waterfalls. This would be the perfect place to visit.

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  18. I do..I really love it. It looks great Theresa. More than happy to check it out myself :)

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    1. I hope you do, Indah! You're such a world traveler, I am sure you'll make it here some day. Though, they don't have snorkeling, I am sure you would enjoy it all the same ;)

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  19. This is gorgeous. I'm always amazed at how far the eye can see. I'm adding to list of places to visit this summer.

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  20. Yes, those pictures look amazing. I'm adding it to my travel list right now.

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  21. It's all just so beautiful, but I would love to be able to explore the caves. I need to cross a few more spots off my travel bucket list in 2016.

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  22. Wow, these are amazing photographs! I actually think that I went there once on a family vacation, but it was so long ago I'm not sure it's the same place. Some of the pictures did look familiar. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Oh gosh. All of this natural beauty. These are the types of adventures I like to go on. I am all for nature hikes. And seeing 7 states? Amazing?

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    1. I agree Chrystal. The best adventures are the ones that are out in the open, exploring nature like this!

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  24. Seeing these pictures makes me regret not visiting the two times I drove through the area last year. Looks like a gorgeous place!

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  25. Oh my! What a beautiful place! I would love to see that some time in person

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  26. Now you're making me really want to do a weekend in Chattanooga, TN.
    I've heard how beautiful it is and it's a short drive from Atlanta.

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  27. I have not been to Rock City in so long! I live just a few hours away, so I have no reason not to go more often!

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    1. You are so lucky living so close to such gorgeous scenery!

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  28. Tennessee does have some gorgeous scenery for photographs. I love every single one of your pictures. Def. worth the price of the tickets to get in.

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  29. Ooooh - that looks like a place our family would love to visit! I love Tennessee (that is where my huband and I honeymooned). :) It's not too far of a drive from here, either, which is always a plus. Sounds like I know where our next family vacation may be...we've been looking to go back to Tenn, and now I want to go there. Have you ever been to Cades Cove? That is a great place to visit, as well. My hubby and I tried to bike the whole 11 miles, however I was 6 weeks out of my c-section (my son) and only made it half way...hey, considering that I was pretty pleased! Haha!

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    1. We actually did Cades Cove on this trip. It was like 95 degrees out that day, so we cut it off at the 8 mile marker because it was just too much. I am really impressed you made it that far after your c-section! All those hills really took a toll on me. I can't imagine doing it right after surgery like that. You are a real trooper!

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  30. Great pictures. I love the bridge and the stairs!

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  31. So pretty! I love all the lushness. Makes you feel tranquil and like no one can bother you :)

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