We recently returned from a six day trip to visit my son and daughter-in-law in Chattanooga Tennessee, an eight hour drive from here.
Total cost of the trip: $327.48
Restaurant Food: $133.83 This was spent on the two travel days. While in Chattanooga, we ate all meals at my son and DIL’s home. I cooked dinner as they had to work during the day.
Grocery Store Food:$36.63 This does not include what son and DIL provided. I was merely refilling their pantry, as when we come to visit, it is a bit like locusts descending on your kitchen.
In the past, when we have visited Chattanooga, we have mixed expensive entertainments like spelunking and white-water rafting with less expensive hiking and picnicking. This trip, we focused on the less expensive activities. Here are a few of the things we did and what they cost.
Walk around downtown, and across the pedestrian bridge. My son treated us to ice cream and icy drinks. $0
Bike rental for one day: $24
Lookouts baseball game: $0 (My son, who is a college baseball coach, got these as a favor from another coach.)
Nature Park hike and picnic: $0
Sculpture garden: $0
Hunter Art Museum: $34.80
Teenage squabbling was kept to a minimum and we had a great visit!