Choose among seven tour options.
Tour 1 – Tennessee Aquarium
Self-guided through the attraction. The Tennessee Aquarium is home to the most diverse gathering of
freshwater animals in the country. Staff members love to immerse visitors in stories of life above, around and within our watershed while guests are exploring the Aquarium’s two buildings. Inside the River Journey building, visitors are delighted by feisty river otters, colorful frogs, amazing turtles and freshwater fish species. While exploring Ocean Journey, guests come face to face with big, toothy sharks, beautiful butterflies, playful penguins, mesmerizing jellyfish and thousands of colorful reef fish. Box lunch furnished on-site. Heavy Walking. Wheelchair accessible. Tour will leave at 9:30 am and return by 3:30 pm.
Tour 2 – Power and Vintage Cars
Tour goer’s will enter TVA’s twin tower complex and view the entire TVA watershed from the Systems Operation
Command Center. Learn how operators monitor water flow, water level and power generation from one technologically-advanced control room.
The tour will continue at Coker Tires, which manufactures and sells vintage tires and wheels and operates a full
restoration shop. Visit the museum filled with vintage cars, motorcycles and automotive memorabilia.
Heavy walking. This will be a walking tour from the convention center to each venue. Wheelchair accessible.
Tour leaves at 9:00 am and returns by 3:00 pm. This tour has limited spaces available.
Tour 3 – Chickamauga National Military Park
Take a guided tour through the site of the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga fought in 1863. Thousands of Union
and Confederate soldiers’ hopes hinged on controlling Chattanooga—the “gateway” to the Confederacy. Yet, in
mid-September, they met in the peaceful farm fields of north Georgia, along a tranquil creek named Chickamauga.
Participants will travel to the nearby 6th Cavalry Museum for lunch. The museum preserves the rich military history of the “Fighting Sixth” Cavalry, stationed at The Post at Fort Oglethorpe 1919 – 1942. The story of the 6th Cavalry is illustrious, beginning in 1861 as a U.S. Cavalry Regiment extending to present day. Located on the Post’s original parade ground/polo field, the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, surrounded by officer’s homes and other Post buildings. Visited by presidents, military heroes and celebrities, the museum houses artifacts, uniforms, weapons, accoutrements, photos, and vehicles.
Light Walking. Wheelchair accessible except for potential stops in the battlefield park. Tour leaves at
8:00 am and returns at 4:00 pm.
Tour 4 – Ice Cream, Cheese and Wine
Travel to Athens, Tennessee for a behind-the-scenes tour of Mayfield’s Dairy Processing Plant. See how favorite dairy products are made, and finish the tour in their gift-shop/museum, sampling some of the finest Mayfield’s Ice Cream. Travel a short distance north to Philadelphia (Tennessee that is) to taste some of the best farmstead cheese this side of the Mississippi at Sweetwater Valley Farms. Learn about the cheese-making process, and
watch a few of their thousand or so cows being milked. Enjoy lunch in the entertainment barn adjacent to the cheese shop. Finish the day at Tsali Notch Winery surrounded by majestic mountain views outside Madisonville, Tennessee. Tsali Notch is a vineyard and tasting room specializing in wines and products from the Muscadine, “America’s wild grape™,” indigenous to the Southeastern United States.
Moderate walking. This tour leaves at 8:00 am and returns at 4:30 pm and will travel the greatest distance from
the convention center. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Tour 5 – Horticulture and Vintage Cars and Motorcycles
Visit Lines Orchids, a fourth generational family business, located in the quaint community of Signal Mountain,
Tennessee. Lines Orchids began bringing beautiful blooms into the lives of their customers in 1947 and continue today to grow and sell high quality orchid plants.
The tour will continue at Coker Tires, which manufactures and sells vintage tires and wheels and operates a full restoration shop. Visit the museum filled with vintage cars, motorcycles and automotive memorabilia.
Enjoy a visit to Crabtree Farms, a community-focused sustainable agriculture farm. Tour the grounds and
investigate vegetables being grown for their CSA partners. Lunch will be served here in their new post and beam
Travel to the Barn Nursery, one of the premier retail garden centers in the southeast. Filled with plants, shrubs, trees, pottery, garden accessories and gift ideas – they have it all. Crafters will demonstrate plant design and installation with their pottery.
Moderate walking. This tour leaves at 8:00 am and returns at 4:30 pm. This tour is not wheelchair
Tour 6 – Bluff View Art District
Bluff View Art District is a creative haven that specializes in the visual, culinary and landscape arts in Chattanooga. The historic neighborhood sits high atop a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience. The tour will begin with a guided tour by staff of the Bluff View Art District. Presentations will be provided by the local pastry chef, chocolatier, baker and coffee roaster. This portion of the tour will take approximately 1 hour.
The remainder of the day will be at your discretion to visit the venues at your individual pace. Browse through
River Gallery, which exhibits fine art and museum quality crafts from local, regional, national and international
artists or meander through the sculpture garden. Watch the local artisans bake breads, make chocolates or
roast coffee through the large paned windows. Admission is included to the Hunter Art Museum of
the American Arts and the Houston Museum of the Decorative Arts. You will receive a food voucher good for
Heavy walking required. Wheelchair accessible. This tour leaves at 8:30 am and returns at 3:30 pm.
Tour 7 – Sequatchie Valley Tennessee
This tour will travel west from Chattanooga to the beautiful, 150 mile-long Sequatchie Valley, located along
the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Participants will visit the Children’s Holocaust Memorial, complete
with an authentic German rail car used to transport victims to concentration camps. The rail car houses 11 million
newspaper clips collected from all over the world, one for each victim of the Holocaust. The library at Whitwell
Middle School, where the memorial is located, houses more than 30,000 documents on CD’s and a collection of
Holocaust books and artifacts, including an actual uniform worn by a Holocaust victim.
Tour goers will also visit the Coal Miners’ Museum, which displays artifacts from the mines and miners of Marion
County, Tennessee. Coal was mined in the area from the 1880’s to the early 1980’s.
After lunch in the town of Dunlap, participants will visit the Historic Dunlap Coke Ovens Park to explore the
remains of 268 beehive coke ovens used in the early 1900’s to convert mountain coal into industrial coke. Explore the ruins of a once thriving industrial complex, and visit the museum where you will find photos and artifacts from the early 1900’s. On the return trip to Chattanooga, see the scenic Sequatchie Valley from a mountain overlook.
The outside grounds at the Coke Ovens has some uneven terrain for walking. The remainder of the tour requires minimal walking and is wheelchair accessible. The tour will leave at 8:30 am and return at 4:15 pm.