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Chattanooga Attractions

More than just a swinging 1940s song highlighting the virtues of its "choo choo," Chattanooga combines classic Southern charm with big-city amenities and natural surroundings. Whether you discover the city's cultural side at the Hunter Museum of American Art or the historical side at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, there are plenty of family-friendly things to do and see. If you're looking to venture outdoors, the so-called Scenic City is the perfect place thanks to its close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains and the Tennessee River Gorge. And don't forget that Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the Western Hemisphere, meaning that you will always be able to quickly post your latest pic.

Areas & Neighborhoods

Chattanooga has culture, history, and delicious food wherever you turn. If you stick near the Tennessee River, you are guaranteed to find the city's top museums, barbecue restaurants, and country music honky-tonks.

Downtown

The heart of Chattanooga offers you the opportunity to experience the modern side of this boom town. Enjoy live country music at a local hotspot or go to one of the city's many museums that are clustered in this area.

Riverwalk

Leave the city center and go for a stroll or bike ride down the 13-mile (21-km) riverside path. With numerous green spaces like the Tennessee Riverpark and Renaissance Park, you can relax like a Chattanoogan.

Northshore

Cross over the Tennessee River via any of the city's 4 bridges and find cute shops, comfortable restaurants, and expansive parks. This eclectic area is the perfect place to people watch and hang out like a local.

What to See in Chattanooga

The easiest way to see all of Chattanooga in a single spot is to head to Lookout Mountain. From 2,389 feet (728 m) up, you can follow the Tennessee River as it flows from the Smoky Mountains in the north down to Alabama. In fact, you can see 7 states from this single vantage point. For close-up views of the downtown skyline, check out riverfront Coolidge Park in the Northshore neighborhood.

Chattanooga has plenty of things to do for families, foodies, and fun-seekers. For the true Chattanooga experience, opt to stay in its famous train station at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Even if you don't spend the night, the model train museum and historic exterior make it worth a visit. If you want to learn even more, venture over to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, where you can go for a ride on a historic train. Across town, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers you the chance to see masterpieces from around the world. After your educational experience, be sure to go to the revitalized Ross's Landing to see where the city goes to chill out on a warm day. And don't forget about the Tennessee Aquarium, which is just down the street. If you're looking to do something spooky at night, try out a ghost tour through the downtown streets. Then, experience a different kind of spirit at the Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, where you can get a taste of Tennessee's famous drink. As your Chattanooga vacation comes to an end, close out your trip with a luxurious airport transfer in a private town car or SUV.

Things to Do in Chattanooga with Kids

You'll find loads of fun activities to do with your kids in and near Chattanooga. Keep the crew happy with our family friendly experiences.

Free Things to Do in Chattanooga

A vacation in Chattanooga need not cost a fortune. You won't have to spend a penny if you go to:

Coker Tire Museum - Wander around and appreciate the intriguing exhibits at this popular museum.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - If you're intrigued by the past, this is one stop you ought to visit.

Audubon Island - Find a spot to sit and appreciate the peacefulness that comes with being around water.

Chattanooga Choo Choo - Widely recognized among the locals, this site is worth a look.

Boynton Park - Work on your green thumb and explore the various plants on display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Chattanooga

Downtown Chattanooga

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

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Lookout Valley Neighborhood Association

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.

North Chattanooga

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

MLK University

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

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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.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Chattanooga on a sunny day?

A 4-Day Virgina to Chattanooga Tour (NYC departure) TN4 is the ideal activity if you don't want to miss out on a second of sunshine in Chattanooga.

What can you do in Chattanooga for free?

You could store your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions will cost you nothing at all:

  • Chattanooga Riverfront
  • Hamilton Place Mall
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo