Chattanooga, TN

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This city in Tennessee offers outdoor adventure, historic landmarks and family fun. Visit mountain tops and riverside parks to find out why they call this the Scenic City.

With Civil War monuments, an aquarium, interactive museums, nature and arts, Chattanooga has a diverse range of attractions. After a successful redevelopment of its downtown area and waterfront, Chattanooga now also boasts a scenic riverside walkway. Head to the nearby mountains to get a view of it all.

Chattanooga straddles the Tennessee River in the southeast of the state. The river divides the city into north and south, with four bridges connecting the two districts. Among these bridges is the pedestrian-only Walnut Street Bridge. Cross it to get to the North Shore and visit Coolidge Park, a great place for kids, with a fountain to splash in and a carousel to ride.

Attractions in the waterfront area include the Tennessee Aquarium and the Creative Discovery Museum. Nearby, art lovers will appreciate the sculpture garden and Houston Museum of Decorative Arts between Market and Veterans bridges. From here, do the Tennessee Riverwalk or join a river cruise.

Just a 20-minute drive from Chattanooga city center, Lookout Mountain offers outdoor activities. Stare in awe at the towering Ruby Falls and take in the views from Rock City Gardens. For an adventure, step aboard the Incline Railway, one of the world’s steepest passenger railways.

See remnants of the American Civil War at Point Park and the Battles for Chattanooga Museum. Extending across the Tennessee-Georgia border is Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, which honors the 1863 Civil War battles.

Back in downtown Chattanooga, getting around is easy. A free electric shuttle runs all day along Broad Street, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, to the parks on the north side of the river. The route starts at the landmark Chattanooga Choo Choo, the train station named after Glenn Miller’s famous song. The terminal is now an entertainment precinct with plenty of dining options.

With Mexican and barbecue street food, traditional burger joints and fine-dining restaurants, Chattanooga’s culinary scene is as diverse as its attractions. If you can, visit the free Chattanooga Street Food Festival in summer and the Chattanooga Chili Cook-Off in autumn. This is when Chattanooga is at its best!

Where to stay in Chattanooga

Red Roof Inn Chattanooga - Lookout Mountain
Red Roof Inn Chattanooga - Lookout Mountain
2 out of 5
30 Birmingham Hwy, Chattanooga, TN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $66 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Located in Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Ruby Falls and within 9 mi (15 km) of Creative Discovery Museum and AT&T ...
3.6/5Good! (938 reviews)
"Close proximity to everything we wanted to go do"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2021

Red Roof Inn Chattanooga - Lookout Mountain
The Read House
The Read House
4 out of 5
107 West Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN
The price is $144 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Downtown Chattanooga, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tivoli Theatre and Chattanooga Convention Center. Tennessee Aquarium and Chattanooga ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,007 reviews)
"The most comfortable bed, I didn’t want to get up in the morning. The bathroom had so much room, excellent for someone traveling with a wheelchair or walker. The valet parking was convenient and efficient. I enjoyed the indoor pool."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

The Read House
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga - East Ridge
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga - East Ridge
3 out of 5
6650 Ringgold Rd, Chattanooga, TN
The price is $85 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in East Ridge, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Parkridge East Hospital, Brainerd Golf Course, and Lake Winnepesaukah. Concord Golf Club and Brown ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,254 reviews)
"Hotel is really nice. There is no parking for trucks with trailers."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga - East Ridge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Authentic log Cabin mins from chatts best sites
Authentic log Cabin mins from chatts best sites
Chattanooga, TN
The price is $44 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tennessee River, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, and Ruby ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (39 reviews)
Wonderful Stay
"Property was clean and very close to all the attractions/activities that we had planned. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2021

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Home2 Suites by Hilton Chattanooga Hamilton Place
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chattanooga Hamilton Place
3 out of 5
2330 Center Street, Chattanooga, TN
The price is $143 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Hamilton Place Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Concord ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (234 reviews)
"best hotel we stayed in our whole trip by far! Super clean, friendly staff, rooms were perfect! Comfy beds and pillows and all around clean environment. Will def stay at one again!"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chattanooga Hamilton Place
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chattanooga - Hamilton Place
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chattanooga - Hamilton Place
3 out of 5
2250 Center St, Chattanooga, TN
The price is $118 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in Chattanooga, this aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Hamilton Place Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Concord Golf ...
4.4/5Excellent! (538 reviews)

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chattanooga - Hamilton Place
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Chattanooga

For eco-friendly travel on a tight budget, the Chattanooga Area Regional Transport Authority offers two electric shuttle buses which ferry people across downtown. There is also a network of hybrid trolleys and a bus system which serves the rest of the city. Downtown Chattanooga is easy to walk around, while the North and South shores are connected by one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges. Visit the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority website.Browse Chattanooga rental cars.

Best time to visit

You may associate beautiful fall colors with New England more than Tennessee, but Chattanooga is beautiful at this time of year when the temperatures are pleasant; October sees average highs of around 73 F (22 C). Winters are chilly and wet, while summers can be hot and sticky, not to mention more expensive than other times of year. Spring is another good time to visit, with similar temperatures to fall.

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