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A Day Trip to Chattanooga Tennessee

Everyone says Chattanooga Tennessee is beautiful so we HAD to explore for ourselves!

When we lived in Arizona, we had Flagstaff right about 2 hours away from us. The drive to Chattanooga is about the same distance from us now in Tennessee. 

So we had to get familiar with our new spot…it’s just a bummer Chattanooga doesn’t have skiing.

We heard Chattanooga is a very outdoorsy place so that makes it a perfect place to bring Lucia, too!

Lucia had never traveled with us anywhere or gone to any restaurants with us until this trip! And she impressed us so much!

She was WAY better than I had anticipated.

We really think it was helpful that Melissa wanted coffee which was about a 25 minute wait. Just enough time to run with her!

Vizslas are such high energy breeds that we think getting her energy out made the trip so much more enjoyable.

Whenever we take her on hikes, we always try to get a good run session in before!

The drive to Chattanooga

After loading up the car, we set sail to Chattanooga.

We were cruising along the freeway, looked down at the GPS and our ETA suddenly increased by 1 hour….

We forgot to consider any time change!

It’s weird that the state of Tennessee has more than one time zone, but we learned it this trip!

Oh well! We’d just show up to Rock City an hour later.

Rock City near Chattanooga Tennessee

So we learned that Rock City is actually in Georgia.

You actually cross into Georgia on the drive to Chattanooga from middle Tennessee.

This place was so magnificent, though.

Other than all of the people, it honestly felt like a spa.

Like a forest bath spa. Ha.

It’s a pathway through a garden and along the path there are rocks, trees, bridges, suspension bridges, beautiful views, and beautiful scenery.

We left right when it started raining (perfect) and made our way to downtown Chattanooga.

Downtown Chattanooga

After all of that walking, we were parched and ready for some lunch!

And ready to introduce Lucia to her first restaurant.

We went to a bar in downtown Chattanooga right by the waterfront!

It was a mellow vibe, we enjoyed the patio, and took in a relaxing day.

We actually sat next to a German Shorthaired Pointer which one of the breeds closest to Lucia. It was cool to see them interact with each other and to meet an owner of another crazy, hyper dog breed.

After dinner, we wandered around downtown and searched for a Christmas tree ornament.

One of our favorite traditions that we’ve started is getting an ornament for every trip that we take. It’s such a fun and nostalgic feeling to be able to decorate the tree and be transported back to great memories.

We were too late on this trip, though. All of the shops had closed by the time we started looking, so we’ll just have this video to remember our first Chattanooga experience.

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