Chattanooga

United States of America

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Photo provided by Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau

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!

Known for

Aquariums, Waterfalls and Mountains

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Where to stay in Chattanooga

Downtown Chattanooga
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Downtown Chattanooga

Aquariums, Museums, Seafood

Downtown Chattanooga is a historic, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for restaurants. Other highlights include the local aquarium and museums, as well as the natural splendor of the riverfront.

Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association
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Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association

Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association is a welcoming neighborhood.

North Chattanooga
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North Chattanooga

North Chattanooga is a welcoming neighborhood.

Missionary Ridge
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Missionary Ridge

Missionary Ridge is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

MLK University
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MLK University

Libraries, Bars, Dining

MLK University is a welcoming neighborhood with many tasty options for bars and restaurants. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its college atmosphere.

Northside
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Northside

Northside is a welcoming neighborhood.

Top Hotels in Chattanooga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Chattanooga Choo Choo
3 out of 5
1400 Market Street, Chattanooga
$144/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
3.4/5 (2,041 reviews)

"The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hôtel and train car rooms are an experience not to be missed. I’ve always loved train travel and the opportunity to stay in an old rail car permanently stopped at the train station was like traveling back in time. The station and grounds were filled with travel themed music ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

Chattanooga Choo Choo
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The Read House
3.5 out of 5
107 West Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga
$144/night
Aug 20 - Aug 21
4.8/5Exceptional! (158 reviews)

"Beautiful décor and pleasant music/vibe. Well-trained and courteous staff. Interesting history. Starbucks and Chophouse on-site. This hotel is a MUST."…"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

The Read House
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Red Roof Inn Chattanooga - Lookout Mountain
2.5 out of 5
30 Birmingham Hwy, Chattanooga
$58/night
Jul 31 - Aug 1
3.5/5Good! (1,222 reviews)

"We like this location as it is the midway point for child visitation exchange. Numerous food and shopping place close"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Red Roof Inn Chattanooga - Lookout Mountain

Top activities in Chattanooga

Murder & Mayhem Haunted History Tour
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Murder & Mayhem Haunted History Tour

$20

Discover the spooky stories and unexplained events that lurk around every corner of Chattanooga, a city with an eerie history that lives on through its ever-present ghosts. Hear spine-chilling tales of murder and intrigue as you visit the most haunted locations in the city—and perhaps have a sighting of your very own.

Operation City Quest of Chattanooga, TN
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Operation City Quest of Chattanooga, TN

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Amish Community Visit,Hiking,winetasting . Horseback,or rafting cost extra
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Amish Community Visit,Hiking,winetasting . Horseback,or rafting cost extra

$150

Amish and Mennonite families often make and sell products, giving a glimpse of their unique way of life as well as providing excellent quality goods and produce. Many seasonal garden vegetables and berries are available for sale.

Segway Tours of Chattanooga Tennessee
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Segway Tours of Chattanooga Tennessee

$60

Downtown Historic Tour (2 Hours): Learn about Historic Downtown Chattanooga on Segways. Points of interest include the Dome Building, Tivoli Theatre, Ross’s Landing, Miller Plaza, Warehouse Row, Urban Stack, the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, and the Tennessee Aquarium.

Wacky Walks of Chattanooga, TN
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Wacky Walks of Chattanooga, TN

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given an app to download and a starting location. Once you arrive at the starting location, you'll send a text to check in and get your game setup on the app.

3Quest Challenge of Chattanooga, TN
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3Quest Challenge of Chattanooga, TN

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given an app to download and a starting location. Once you arrive at the starting location, you'll send a text to check in and get your game setup on the app.

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