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Lost Sea

Lost SeaLocated in Sweetwater which is about 45 miles southwest of Knoxville. Located in Craighead Caverns which is an extensive cave system. It is the largest underground lake in the United States and the second largest in the world. Take the ¾ mile guided tour through the caverns and learn about the history and geology of the caverns. Fifty percent of the world’s known anthodites or cave flowers are located in these caverns. At the bottom, board a glass-bottom boat for a trip on the Lost Sea. The lake covers more than 4 acres and is 140 feet below ground. There is also a Wild Cave Tour offered for groups. In addition to the regular tour, you will crawl through the undeveloped cave rooms and view the rooms where jaguars roamed, moonshine was made and saltpeter was mined for gunpowder during the Civil War. Before or after your cave tour, visit the Old Sweetwater Village and enjoy the General Store, Ice Cream Parlor, Gem Mine and Glassblower. There are also picnic areas and a nature trail.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Tennessee Valley Railroad MuseumLocated in Chattanooga. This is a moving museum that allows you to take a trip back in time and experience the sights and sounds of a slower paced time when traveling by train was a way of life. The only regularly scheduled, full-sized train ride in Tennessee. Vintage steam trains follow historic routes for an all day trip or take a dinner train and enjoy a three-course meal. There are also special train rides at Halloween and Christmas and a day out with Thomas the Train. In the summer, they offer a special camp that includes all aspects of railroading for high school aged kids and a camp for younger kids.