Chattanooga is often listed among Top Places To Visit lists and it’s not hard to see why. Chattanooga is a mid-sized city located along the Tennessee River and surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and filled with adventure. Known as the “scenic city” and is one of the most revitalized cities in the country.
Chattanooga gave me that small-town feel mixed with the comfort of a metropolitan city. The city is very clean and well laid out which makes getting around easy. And speaking of easy, how about free shuttle service in the downtown area? Or you can even walk and enjoy the different shops and stores.
Things to Do
Their arts and music scene attracts locals and tourist alike with their numerous festivals and concerts. They also have many clubs and bars for those looking for Nightlife entertainment.
Dinning Like A Local
During our Spring Break trip to Chattanooga, we took time to explore some of the more lesser-known spots that were recommended by locals. Such as lunch at Cheeseburger Cheesburger known for the giant burgers [since our visited the building had collapsed and the ower’s opened a new place River Drifters] and ice cream from Clumpies who are known for their homemade unique flavors.
Of course, a visit to Clumpies wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Coolidge Park. It’s part of the Tennessee Riverwalk, a 13-mile greenway along the water. Coolidge Park is seven-acres of green space which features a working antique carousel from 1894 that features 52 hand-carved animals and a calliope band organ. During warm weather, kids will enjoy splashing in the interactive play fountain, and the park features an expansive area for Frisbee or other sports.
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge
The Walnut Street pedestrian bridge connects the park with downtown’s main street where you find the Tennessee Aquarium. The bridge, once used by motor vehicles, was closed in 1978. After a decade of just sitting there, repairs and structural modifications were made to turn the bridge into what is now a pedestrian walkway. The Walnut Street Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1990, and at 2,376 feet (720 m) it is one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridge.
Top 5+ Attractions To Visit in Chattanooga
Are you ready to visit one of the US’ most scenic cities? Here are 5 more reasons why you should.
- Ruby Falls – Ruby Falls is a 145-foot high underground waterfall located within Lookout Mountain. Ruby Falls has been one of Chattanooga’s must-see attractions and things to do in Tennessee for over 80 years.
- Rock City – Located atop Lookout Mountain, just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens and breathtaking “See 7 States” panoramic views.
- Incline Railway – The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is a 4 ft 8 ¹⁄₂ in standard gauge inclined plane funicular railway leading to the top of Lookout Mountain from the historic neighborhood of Chattanooga. “America’s Most Amazing Mile”
- Chattanooga Zoo – The Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park is a 13-acre zoological park. Chattanooga Zoo is a more welcoming Zoo that is specifically designed to bring the animals up close to you.
- Tennessee Aquarium – Situated on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga, TN, the Tennessee Aquarium is home to 10000 animals and an IMAX theater. Come experience two aquariums in one.
- Creative Discovery Museum – one of the top children’s museums in the country that inspires all children to explore, innovate, create, and play with hands-on fun.
Where to Stay
During our trip, we stayed at the Chattanoogan hotel. The only full-service Chattanooga hotel. The ideal downtown location for memorable vacations. The Chattanoogan offers upscale amenities and service and is the recipient of numerous awards.
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