In 2018, Tennessee welcomed 119 million domestic visitors, up 5.1% from the 113 million in 2017 and hitting $22 billion in both international and national travel spending, according to data released by the Department of Tourist Development. After Colorado and Pennsylvania, Tennessee has emerged as one of the top cities for tourism in the United States. Besides iconic museums, historical landmarks and amusement parks, the state is also replete with gorgeous waterfalls.
The tallest waterfall in the nation is the thundering Ruby Falls, which attracts over half a million tourists from across the world each year. The underground rapids were accidentally discovered in 1928. Open to public from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, it is located along the south western bridge on Lookout Mountain. If you are planning a visit to this beautiful natural beauty, here’s what you need to know.
How to Reach Ruby Falls
If you are in Denver, it is a 30-minute drive to Lookout Mountain. If you don’t want to drive, simply take the W Light Rail Line and get off at Jefferson County Government Center. For an adventurous journey, consider trekking to the mountain from this point.
What to See at Ruby Falls
It is the deepest waterfall, located inside a cave on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, at a depth of 1,120 feet, according to an article by US Local Guide. You can also go 260 feet down by an elevator to explore the mysterious caverns. History buff or not, you will love seeing the beautiful rock formations here. President Andrew Jackson once visited this place and left his signature on one of the walls.
It is said that chemist and local cave enthusiast Leo Lambert went down the depths of the mountain and found the falls, which most definitely is a good place to visit in summers, according to an article by Culture Trip. You can also check out the light show inside, where the colors change from red to blue, creating a unique ambience. Lanterns are also used to illuminate the place and you can see the rocks and shadows changing with the lights.
Around Ruby Falls
Visit Lookout Mountain Tower for stunning views of Cumberland Plateau. Tourists can also visit Cavern Café or the Village Gift Shop here. For an adrenaline rush, check out the 700-foot-high zipline experience too.
Make sure to make reservations well in advance. Simply head over the official website of Ruby Falls for ticket pricing and bookings of the Cave Walk and Lantern Tour.