Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the South’s top travel destinations. What was once a heavily polluted and industrial city, has now become a thriving and eco-friendly metropolis. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, and poised along the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga is nothing short of breathtaking. The natural beauty of the city is just the beginning of what this southern town has to offer. There are plenty of outdoor adventures, amazing restaurants, live events, and world-class attractions waiting for you here. Even better, Chattanooga is one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the country - so you can experience it all.
Things to Do in Chattanooga
Chattanooga’s attractions are world-class, all surrounded by breathtaking natural views. Here are a few of our favorites: The Lookout Mountain Area is home to three big attractions: Ruby Falls, the Incline Railway, and Rock City. The Incline Railway shoots straight up the side of Lookout Mountain, and drops visitors off at the top for breathtaking panoramic views. Ruby Falls is the nation’s largest underground waterfall, and Rock City features a long tail lined with gardens and other natural formations and amazing views. The Bluff View Art District is a historic neighborhood that sits on the edge of a row of cliffs that overlook the Tennessee River. The neighborhood offers artisan bakeries, coffee houses, and art galleries. JJ’s Bohemia is the best place in the city if you’re looking to see some live music, and there are shows every night, so you’ll always have an opportunity to stop by during your visit. Kid friendly attractions include The Chattanooga Zoo, The Tennessee Aquarium, and the Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park.
Chattanooga Day Trips
There are a few great day trips from Chattanooga that are perfect if you want to get a taste of the city’s surrounding area. Just an hour south of the city is Barnsley Resort, a historic estate that is unquestionably Southern. It sits in an almost storybook like setting and offers all that fine southern life should: amazing food, golf, a spa, horse back riding tours, and even a guided bird hunting tour. Just 20 minutes outside of the city center sits the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. It’s the oldest and largest of America’s Civil War Parks, and it commemorates the Civil War battles fought near Chattanooga. The visitor center is full of extensive exhibits, a historic gun collection, and lots of hiking and biking trails. For another outdoor adventure, head to the Cumberland Caverns. It is Tennessee’s largest show cave, and a U.S. National Landmark featuring spectacular rock formations, waterfalls, and an unforgettable light show. To experience the charm of a small southern town, head to the city of Chickamauga, Georgia. In town visitors can shop, stroll down quiet streets, eat at local restaurants, and visit one of the town’s many historic sights.
Whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, the local food scene, or historic attractions, we can help you find the best place to stay. We offer Chattanooga vacation rentals and Chattanooga short term rentals throughout the city. Stay in North Chattanooga and stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and swimming are just a quick walk away in the Tennessee River. Head to Stringer’s Ridge for an area dedicating to mountain biking and hiking. Two of the city’s most popular parks, Coolidge Park and Renaissance Park, are in this area as well. To experience quintessential Chattanooga, stay in The Riverfront neighborhood. This area is home to most of the city’s major attractions, such as the Tennessee Aquarium, ATT Field, and the Art District with the famous Hunter Art Museum. North Chattanooga and Riverfront are connected by the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. For a taste of the city’s cultural diversity, rent a spot in the MLK Neighborhood. The area hosts free Friday night concerts in the summer and is home to some of the city’s emerging breweries and Chattanooga’s premier shopping destination, Warehouse Row. To get away from the city center, stay on Lookout Mountain, near the city’s big three attractions (Rock City, Ruby Falls, and Point Park). It is home to endless views of the city and is rich with Civil War History. The Southside neighborhood has always been a hub for creative-types, and boasts a rich coffee and food culture. It’s also home to the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
Transportation in Chattanooga
Public transportation and bikes are by far the best ways to navigate Chattanooga. Chattanooga’s public transportation system offers a free electric shuttle service that drops visitors off at various points of interest throughout the city. CARTA, or the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority, also has 17 bus routes that stretch from North Chattanooga to the Tennessee-Georgia border, making it a great option to easily navigate the entire city and surrounding area. The city also offers the Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System, which has more than 33 stations spread throughout the downtown area to pick up and drop off bikes. The downtown area is also very friendly for pedestrians, and the downtown river-walk runs for 13 miles along the Tennessee River, lined by shops and restaurants, as well as popular attractions like the Bluff View Art District and the Market Street Bridge.
Vacation Rentals in Chattanooga
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