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ChattanoogaUnited States of America

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

Chattanooga showing a bridge, a city and a river or creek

Downtown Chattanooga

4/5Very Good!(1,372 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Downtown Chattanooga is its must-see aquarium. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Chattanooga Riverfront and Tennessee Aquarium.

Downtown Chattanooga
Tennessee River Gorge via Raccoon Mountain. #river

Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association

4/5Very Good!(495 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association and surrounding area, you can visit Ruby Falls and Tennessee Aquarium.

Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association
Colorful lights on the Tennessee River.

North Chattanooga

While visiting North Chattanooga, you might make a stop by sights like Coolidge Park and Walnut Street Bridge.

North Chattanooga
Blue trees at the Bessie.

MLK University

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

MLK University is noteworthy for its bars, and you can make a stop at top attractions like McKenzie Arena and UTC Fine Arts Center.

MLK University
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga

Missionary Ridge

Though Missionary Ridge might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Chattanooga Zoo and Tennessee Aquarium.

Missionary Ridge
Dusting of snow at Coolidge Park.

Northside

While Northside might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Tennessee Aquarium and Chattanooga Riverfront.

Northside

Top Hotels in Chattanooga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Read House
The Read House
4 out of 5
107 West Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN
The price is $144 per night

Located in Downtown Chattanooga, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tivoli Theatre and Chattanooga Convention Center. Tennessee Aquarium and Chattanooga ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (449 reviews)

"The hotel didn’t have any parking. And I wasn’t aware of a pet fee. The hotel was lovely though."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

The Read House
Embassy Suites Chattanooga / Hamilton Place
Embassy Suites Chattanooga / Hamilton Place
3.5 out of 5
2321 Lifestyle Way, Chattanooga, TN
The price is $129 per night

Located in Twin Brook, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Hamilton Place Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Concord Golf Club and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (976 reviews)

"Great accommodations. Friendly staff Amazing breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Embassy Suites Chattanooga / Hamilton Place
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 $84 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Brainerd Golf Course and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Lake Winnepesaukah. Hamilton Place Mall and Concord ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,191 reviews)

"We have stayed at this hotel a few times. We had a king bed they had 3 little pillows in center of bed. Very used looking. Usually hotel beds look nice with pillows going all the way across. It looked like someone’s bed at home. The towels were stained, time to throw out. And really 150.00 a night ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga - East Ridge

Popular places to visit in Chattanooga

Tennessee Aquarium
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Tennessee Aquarium

4.5/5(379 reviews)

Make time to visit the sea life at Tennessee Aquarium and find out why this is a top attraction in Chattanooga. Stroll along the riverfront or discover the area's mountain views.

Ruby Falls
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Ruby Falls

4.5/5(544 reviews)

Explore Ruby Falls, a popular spot to commune with nature in Chattanooga, and enjoy the beautiful waterfalls. Wander the riverfront or discover the area's mountain views.

Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Chattanooga Choo Choo

4/5(467 reviews)

Study the exhibits at Chattanooga Choo Choo, a favorite museum in Chattanooga. In the area, take in the fascinating museums and mountain views.

Chattanooga Riverfront
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Chattanooga Riverfront

4.5/5(527 reviews)

Enjoy some culture with a trip to Chattanooga Riverfront, a favorite attraction in Chattanooga. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the aquarium in this family-friendly area.

Chattanooga Zoo
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Chattanooga Zoo

4/5(242 reviews)

Meet the native and exotic animals and discover why Chattanooga Zoo is a favorite in Chattanooga. Discover the area's mountain views and beautiful waterfalls.

Harrison Bay State Park
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Harrison Bay State Park

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Harrison Bay State Park, a popular green space in Chickamauga Lake. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Chattanooga

Segway Tours of Chattanooga Tennessee
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Segway Tours of Chattanooga Tennessee

$60
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Tennessee
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Tennessee

$10
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Murder & Mayhem Haunted History Tour
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Murder & Mayhem Haunted History Tour

$22
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Tennessee
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Tennessee

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Tennessee
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Tennessee

$10
Per adult
Awakening Escape Room in Chattanooga
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Awakening Escape Room in Chattanooga

$29
Per adult

Reviews of Chattanooga

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Top Destination

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4 - Good 39.91875923190547%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.413589364844904%
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1 - Terrible 0.9601181683899557%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

be back soon

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

Love the riverfront. Didn’t go to Aquarium but will be back. Nice pedestrian area and easy to walk to many restaurant dining options

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

There is nothing for me in Chattanooga

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Love Chattanooga, real estate is getting absurd though.

4/5 - Good

J

May 25, 2020

I should’ve stayed in a better hotel

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 17, 2020

Chattanooga is a true scenic city!

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