Western and Atlantic Railroad Tunnel, Tunnel Hill
Opened in 1850, the Western and Atlantic Railroad Tunnel, which runs 1,477 feet through the base of Chetoogeta Mountain, became a major thoroughfare connecting Atlanta to Chattanooga. A centerpiece of the Civil War's Great Locomotive Chase, the tunnel was rehabilitated and opened to the public in 2000. Today, you can walk the tunnel and visit the nearby W&A Museum and Heritage Park. Groups of 20 or more receive a reduced rate, as well as customized tours; at least two weeks advance notice is required.
Old Car City USA, White
Take a step back in time at the world's largest known classic car junkyard. Encompassing 32 acres, it boasts more than 4,000 abandoned cars that are at least 40 years old–as well hand-lettered signs and folk art. Much of the family-owned property is forested land, and vegetation has grown over and into the vehicles, providing captivating photo backdrops. Rates are $25 per person for those taking photos and $15 per person to simply walk the site.
Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville
Boasting numerous fascinating artifacts, this museum takes visitors on a 100-year journey through transportation technology. In the Millar Science in Motion Gallery, the permanent exhibit includes displays on the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, advances in automotive manufacturing and the first men who landed on the moon. A rate of $11.95 per person is available for groups of 20 or more.
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