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Chattanooga unveils family adventure program

It’s nice sometimes, in the midst of debating the chaos that is the travel industry these days, to stop and take note of some of the reasons why we travel in the first place. If you’re a parent, Chattanooga’s new spring break family adventure program should be one of them.

It’s nice sometimes, in the midst of debating the chaos that is the travel industry these days, to stop and take note of some of the reasons why we travel in the first place. If you’re a parent, Chattanooga’s new spring break family adventure program should be one of them.

I admit I’m partial to Chattanooga. An old Southern town with history and charm to spare, it has completely reinvented itself as a tourist destination in the past few years to become a top pick of both Southern Living and FamilyFun magazines. It’s also where I learned to hang-glide late last year.

The city is making news this month with a new family program timed with spring break, March 20 to April 12, in which families can get a special “passport to adventure” for six of Chattanooga’s top family attractions: Amazing Race-like challenges at the Creative Discovery Museum, spelunking at the underground Ruby Falls caverns, kayaking along the Chickamauga Creek with Outdoor Chattanooga, and other things of a similar nature.

These custom activities are enough to fill a weekend or a week, and a quick look at the prices shows that it only takes a modest budget to participate. For parents in search of the right family vacation this spring, it’s definitely worth a look.

By Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts believes the best trips involve long hikes and muddy boots. His life goals haven't changed much since he was a kid: He still wants to be Indiana Jones when he grows up.

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Josh joined SmarterTravel in 2001, and is an active member in both the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

In addition to SmarterTravel, he has written for USA Today, The Boston Globe, Yahoo! Travel, The Huffington Post, Airfarewatchdog, TripAdvisor, Jetsetter, ABC News, Oyster, and Business Insider. His travel photography can be seen in Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places, published by Penguin UK.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "A lacrosse ball. It's small, lightweight, and works wonders on loosening up tight muscles."

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "Being the first to discover an ancient lost city. Failing that, visiting as many of the already-discovered ancient ruins as possible."

Travel Motto: "Not all those who wander are lost." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle."

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