Tours are an ideal way for anyone to learn more about a new city without resorting to drastic measures such as running for mayor. Get acquainted with Chattanooga the easy way with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a Ruby Red tour for two from Chattanooga Double Decker (up to a $40 value). Tours run every Friday and Saturday night in December, with the exception of Saturday, December 24.
Chattanooga Double Decker's guide pilots a London-born 1960 Routemaster while narrating the history of local landmarks, such as the Chattanooga Choo Choo and Underground Chattanooga. On scheduled days, the one-hour tour departs at 3:45 p.m. for a journey that crosses all of Chattanooga's bridges, skirts the scenic banks of the Tennessee River, and visits Coolidge Park and the Art District. On Friday and Saturday nights in December, passengers have the option to continue their double-decker experience up Lookout Mountain to the Ruby Red Christmas celebration, which entertains crowds with live music, a rare appearance by the reclusive Mrs. Claus, and horse-drawn carriage rides (additional fees apply). Chattanooga Double Decker also transports passengers back to town after the festival. Like the belly of a tyrannosaurus, tours accommodate about 60 people.
Though Chattanooga Double Decker sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available. This Groupon expires on Dec. 31, 2011.
Chattanooga Brew Choo
Chattanooga resident Rufus Marye’s enthusiasm for his city is palpable. Fueled by a desire to transmit his immense love for the history and natural beauty of his hometown to others, he came up with the idea for a double-decker tour. Even as he was deployed to Iraq, he continued to forge his plan to create a fun and historically accurate tour. He began implementing his dream when he returned in 2010, eventually finding the vintage double-decker bus he dubbed “Eleanor,” a 1960s British vehicle whose horn honks with a Cockney accent. Determined to show tour-goers as much of the southern burg as possible, Marye mapped out a route that would whisk them over all three of the city’s bridges, through famous sites such as The Chattanooga Choo Choo and Underground Chattanooga, and along the south and north banks of the Tennessee River.
But Rufus didn't stop there. With Eleanor, he offered a family-friendly vessel on which passengers sit back and explore the city's scenic and historic sites. To create a more cost-effective, adult-oriented spin on the same theme of city exploration, he turned to the novel trend of the pedal pub.