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Feel on top of the world at Lookout Mountain

Straddling the states of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, Lookout Mountain is best known historically as the site of a major battle during the American Civil War. Today, this awe-inspiring natural wonder is a vibrant year-round visitor destination. Its slopes are home to captivating rock formations, sprawling caves, lush gardens and underground waterfalls. Around its base, you'll find an abundance of independent fashion boutiques, sleek homeware stores and irresistible eateries. Lookout Mountain vacation rentals range from sleek studio apartments to impossibly grand mountain retreats, so you're sure to find one that suits your precise needs.

Things to do

Family fun on Lookout Mountain

You'll find a wealth of enthralling attractions within easy reach of your Lookout Mountain vacation rental. Rock City is a mountain must-visit, a walking trail that guides you past mind-blowing rock formations and cascading waterfalls and across a swing-along suspension bridge. Younger visitors will also be enchanted by Fairyland Caverns, where you'll find colorful sculptures depicting scenes from classic fairytales. On the banks of the nearby Tennessee River sits the Tennessee Aquarium, another perennial family favourite. Here you can marvel at adorable river otters, playful penguins, sleek sharks and all manner of other enchanting aquatic creatures.


Heavenly hikes up Lookout Mountain

A big draw for many visitors is the chance to ascend Lookout Mountain, for unobstructed panoramic views of the winding Tennessee River, the city of Chattanooga and distant mountain ranges in Georgia and North Carolina. There's an abundance of scenic hiking trails to explore, from beginner-friendly to more challenging. If that sounds too much like hard work, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery without any of the exertion by riding the Incline Railway. Established in 1895, it's an incredible feat of engineering, believed to be the world's steepest passenger railway. If you're craving a touch of urban sophistication, the mountain city of Chattanooga is a shopper's paradise, with quirky independent boutiques, cavernous department stores and a vibrant covered market.


Lookout Mountain's cool climes

Lookout Mountain vacation rentals are popular in the warmer months of July and August, when the daytime weather is typically pleasantly warm, dry and sunny. Spring and fall are also great times to visit, with generally mild conditions ideal for brisk hikes. Winters, contrastingly, are generally cold, with plunging temperatures at night time. Rainfall is fairly evenly dispersed throughout the year, but tends to be slightly heavier during the cooler months.

Natural features

Lookout Mountain's natural wonders

You'll be struck by Lookout Mountain's natural spectacle as soon as you set foot on its slopes, but some of its most mesmerizing sights are hidden from view. Ruby Falls is a jaw-dropping, 145-foot underground waterfall, the largest in North America. Half the thrill is traversing a deep cavern full of surreal rock formations to reach it. Meanwhile Skyuka Spring, which gushes from between two large boulders and is named after a Cherokee chief, is concealed by a covering of lush, fragrant forest. As you hike towards it, you might spot darting deer, gobbling wild turkeys or even an elusive coyote.

Where to stay around Lookout Mountain?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 386 vacation rentals near Lookout Mountain. From 92 Cabins to 193 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lookout Mountain for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lookout Mountain?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lookout Mountain. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tennessee: 12,784 vacation rentals
  • Chattanooga: 404 vacation rentals
  • Alabama: 11,766 vacation rentals
  • Mentone: 110 vacation rentals
  • Guntersville Lake: 332 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lookout Mountain! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lookout Mountain?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lookout Mountain:

  • Chattanooga: 404 rentals
  • Mentone: 110 rentals
  • Chickamauga Lake: 314 rentals
  • Lookout Mountain: 378 rentals
  • Bryant: 81 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lookout Mountain?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lookout Mountain. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ruby Falls: 361 rentals
  • Cloudland Canyon State Park: 291 rentals
  • Rock City: 432 rentals
  • Tennessee Riverpark: 341 rentals
  • Tennessee Aquarium: 368 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lookout Mountain listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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