7 Jun 2011

After eating breakfast at the motel, we headed to Ruby Falls.  We got a late start because neither of us slept well the night before.

Once at Ruby Falls, we bought combo tickets for the fall and Rock City.  A tour was just beginning when we got our tickets, so we jumped in the elevator and descended about 260 feet to the cave.  We were in a large group with a very entertaining guide.  We made a few stops along the way to the falls to see points of interest and to hear what the guide had to say.  The fall itself was beautiful.  Programmed color lights provided different views of the fall while we were there.

The return trip from the fall to the elevator went a little faster since we didn’t stop as much.  We both felt the cave and fall were well worth the effort since they provided a very enjoyable experience.

When we returned from the cave, we went to the top of the castle tower to see the view, then we ate at the outdoor restaurant.  After a trip through the gift shop, we moved on to Rock City.

We didn’t know what to expect at Rock City other than a long walk and some good views.  We were surprised at how developed the property was.  The landscaping and footpath/bridge construction were very nice.  Many of the plants were labelled as well.  The provided map was very helpful in figuring out where we were along the winding paths.

We were very pleased with the visit to Rock City.  It really exceeded our expectations.

After we left Rock City, we did a quick visit to Point Park to see what it was.  Then we headed down the mountain in search of food.  It was already about 8:00 p.m.  We ended up in an area call St. Elmo where we searched for restaurants with the help of an iPhone.  We eventually settled on some Cajun food at Popeye’s.  Then we headed back to the hotel.

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