Chattanooga, TN

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Chattanooga which includes modern architecture, a fountain and a river or creek
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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga - Lookout Mtn
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chattanooga - Lookout Mtn
2.5 out of 5
311 Browns Ferry Rd, Chattanooga, TN, 37419
The price is $93 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Chattanooga. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,160 reviews)
"The hotel property was ok but the neighborhood looked a little run down."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chattanooga Choo Choo
3 out of 5
92 Choo Choo Avenue, Chattanooga, TN, 37408
The price is $125 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12
Stay at this 3-star historic hotel in Chattanooga. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Older property but very clean. They made our stay very comfortable. They have a free shuttle till 10pm that takes you all over the city."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

The Read House
The Read House
4 out of 5
107 West Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN, 37402
The price is $159 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Chattanooga. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,226 reviews)
"Was a great stay… But for some reason power went out … Early Am"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

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.
Stylish 4BR HOUSE in Chattanooga
Stylish 4BR HOUSE in Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN
Stay at this vacation home in Chattanooga. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Tennessee Aquarium and Dupont Park are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
Peaceful
"My family stayed here for their visit to TN. This was their first time here and the house made the stay worthwhile. The beds were comfortable that they almost didn't want to get out of bed. When we got there the cleaning lady was still cleaning so check in was a bit late other than that the place ..."

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Modern St. Elmo Cottage by Lookout Mtn & Near Dwtn
Modern St. Elmo Cottage by Lookout Mtn & Near Dwtn
Chattanooga, TN
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Chattanooga. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a garden. Our guests praise the family amenities in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
AMAZING property and host!
"We had a GREAT time staying in this adorable home! It may seem small HOWEVER, my husband and I stayed in the bedroom and our 2 kids (age 12 and 8) absolutely loved having their own space in the loft. This area was close to EVERYTHING we wanted to see and do while in Chattanooga (Ruby falls, rock ..."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Riverfront home sitting in the heart of the Tennessee River Gorge 4 bdrm/4 bath
Riverfront home sitting in the heart of the Tennessee River Gorge 4 bdrm/4 bath
Chattanooga, TN
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Chattanooga. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an arcade/game room. Popular attractions Prentice Cooper State Forest ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (118 reviews)
Great River house!
"Loved the house and it’s location! We had such a great time and loved all the property has to offer!"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

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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