2013 Fall Trip South – Days 18 & 19 Chattanooga, Tennessee

Holiday Trav-L-Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Holiday Trav-L-Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Holiday Trav-L-Park of Chattanooga is located less than a mile off I-75, Tennessee Exit 1 (it’s mailing address is actually Rossville, Georgia). Just 220 miles from our previous stop in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. Easy access off and on I-75. Approximately 200 sites mostly pull-thrus with FHU, free cable and reasonably good WiFi. It’s a well maintained park with cheerful and helpful hosts. That said we rate it as okay for a night or 2 but too crowded (to us) for an extended stay. We paid $35.10/night for 50A, FHU with Good Sam discount.

The RV Park is actually where an Indiana Regiment bivouacked before some fierce fighting on Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge back in 1863. There is a path to the stone marker proclaiming such within the Park.

There is much to see and do in Chattanooga, from Civil War Battlefields, to Lookout Mountain, Rock City, Tennessee River cruises on the Southern Belle, and we bet you didn’t know Chattanooga is also home for the International Towing and Recovery Museum (Tow trucks through the ages and it has excellent reviews).

Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Lookout Mountain, Georgia

We decided to travel to the top of Lookout mountain. Neither of us are especially fond of heights but usually end up at the top of something anyway. Lookout Mountain definitely qualifies as the top of a very beautiful view. Folklore maintains you can see 7 States on a clear day and the Mountain actually is partially within 3 States.

View from the top of Lookout Mountain
View from the top of Lookout Mountain

The road to the top is narrow and breathtaking (literally) at certain spots. We both were glad we weren’t towing the trailer, but then in the parking lot at the top we find all manner of motorhomes and rigs, so it can be done.

We rate Chattanooga as a great city to visit but were not overjoyed with the RV Park. The highlight of this stopover was when we asked the hostess what she would recommend as a local “Mom & Pop restaurant” with good homecooking.

Portofino's Italian Restaurant, 6407 Ringgold Rd, East Ridge, TN 37412
Portofino’s Italian Restaurant, 6407 Ringgold Rd, East Ridge, TN 37412
Phone:(423) 499-9696

She recommended Portofino’s Italian Restaurant which we had passed on our way in from the Interstate. We loved the food and rate it as one of the 2 best local Italian restaurants we have found in our travels. If you happen to be traveling I-75, anywhere near Tennessee Exit 1 at mealtime, do yourself a big favor and stop into Portofino’s. It’s not the cheapest but we rate it a best value for the money spent and you will not be disappointed.

Our next stop down I-75 will be for 2 nights in Perry, Georgia.

4 thoughts on “2013 Fall Trip South – Days 18 & 19 Chattanooga, Tennessee

  1. Wow….I am impressed that you actually went to the lookout !! I know how much you hate heights and that
    looks very high !! Just beautiful. Mark and I went to Bristol Mountain yesterday and took the chair lift ride
    to see the fall colors…………it was so pretty. they had wine tastings and crafts there too…….was a nice day.
    Must admit….when the chair lift started to swing, I did NOT like it !!!

    Hope Niki is doing well…..and the “kids” too…………….

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Well, what can I say? It didn’t look that steep from the bottom, and wasn’t too bad except for one small strip near the top where they must have thought it would be really nice to show the folks what a sheer drop looks like from a narrow 2-lane road with a skimpy guard rail! I could have done without that experience. Otherwise a nice adventure on a beautiful sunny day.

      I’ll bet the hills were alive with color from the chairlift at Bristol – kind of helps keep your mind off the swaying. I think the lifts are one of the best ways to enjoy Fall.

      The 4 of us are doing well and will be happy to take a rest from the road for just a little while.



  2. Lookout Mtn sounds like another one for the Long, Long Trailer movie! I’m glad you weren’t towing when you went up there. And speaking of that, you were correct in that I had never heard of the Towing & Recovery Museum! I wonder if they have Tow-Mater there (from the Cars movie)?

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    1. When we travel through there again we will definitely check that museum out. This time we had to make a choice between Lookout Mountain and the museum which I did want to see. The drive up the mountain won out. We just love to find new mountains to climb!


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