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The most practical way to get to Lookout Mountain may be by car, but the most memorable experience is definitely the Incline Railway. Billed as "America's Most Amazing Mile," the railway transports passengers up the steepest part of the mountain on a nearly 73 percent grade track, making it one of the steepest passenger railways in the world. Below, visitors can explore the historic district of St. Elmo's, and up top visitors will be treated to views from the highest point of Lookout Mountain. Some of Lookout Mountain's biggest attractions are less than a mile north of the railway station, including Point Park, the site of the 1863 Civil War "'Battle Above the Clouds'" and the Battles for Chattanooga Museum.

Many recent visitors reported loving the views from within the rail car and atop the mountain. However, some complained of the high price for such a short ride, the lack of attractions and amenities at the top of the mountain, and long wait times — a few travelers reported waiting an hour for a one-way ride. And a select few visitors recommended skipping the attraction entirely during the summer months due to crowds and the rail car's lack of air conditioning.

The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway's St. Elmo Station is located about 3 miles south of downtown Chattanooga. The attraction is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and costs $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 12. Visitors can also purchase a combo ticket that includes Ruby Falls and Rock City for $48.90 for adults and $25.90 for children. There is a $2 fee for parking at the St. Elmo station, and the attraction can be reached via public bus. Take the No. 15 bus from Fourth and Market streets in downtown Chattanooga going toward St. Elmo and get off at the stop of the same name. The attraction will be right across the street. For more information, visit the Incline Railway's website

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