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Adventure gear to take along on your Rock City/Chattanooga adventure

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Skyway Nimbus from Ricardo Beverly Hills


A visit to an American icon like Rock City in Chattanooga, Tenn., requires luggage that is equally emblematic. Skyway Luggage was founded in 1910 and acquired by Ricardo Beverly Hills – another American luggage company that’s been around for 35-plus years – in 2012. The Skyway name came from hand luggage that was originally called “Sky Way . . . Styled for the Sky.”

At the recent International Travel Goods Show held in March in Phoenix, Ariz., Ricardo introduced Skyway Nimbus, a sturdy hard-side collection that can be found on sale for half price, making it an affordable $79.99, $89.99 or $99.99, depending on size. Ideal for family adventures, this versatile trio of Four Wheel Expandable Spinner Upright cases includes a 20-inch carry-on and 24- and 28-inch pieces.

Collection colors are very berry, citron, silver cloud and black accented with black zippers, wheels and corner armor. Cases have a split book-style opening so you can separate clean clothing from soiled items (or kids’ togs from their toys). One side has a see-through mesh divider; the other has stretchable straps to hold everything in place.

A thick lining contrasts nicely with case colors and smooth-gliding wheels make it easy to push or pull the luggage. As family-friendly as Chattanooga is, you should plan on bringing home lots of souvenirs. With a tug of the zipper, Nimbus cases provide the extra packing space you’ll need.

Read my "Bucket List Adventure: See Chattanooga's Rock City here. Get the adventure guide to don't-miss moments at Rock City and The Chattanoogan Hotel and in Chattanooga here.