See Rock City. Hundreds of thousands come every year to see the ancient geologic marvel that is "the Rock City" located atop Lookout Mountain. Walk along the Enchanted Trail. See more than 400 native plant species. Need to check some states off your list? You can see a whopping seven from Lover's Leap. Explore the utterly charming Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village and cross the Swing-A-Long Bridge . . . if you dare.
Rock City is located just a 15-minute drive from family-friendly Chattanooga. And you'll want to spend plenty of time here, too. You can spend a full afternoon at the Tennessee Aquarium, where you can also make arrangements to take an excursion aboard the River Gorge Explorer. After a full day's sightseeing, head to the hotel that knows how to pamper every member of your family: The gorgeous Chattanoogan, the only AAA Four Diamond-rated full-service hotel in Chattanooga.
IF YOU GO
Chattanooga, 800-322-3344, www.ChattanoogaFun.com.
The Chattanoogan Hotel, 877-756-1684, www.ChattanooganHotel.com. Ask for the Summer Fun package when making reservations. Rates start at $169 per night and are based on a two-night stay for a family of two adults and two children.