CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

A Southern city re-emerges.

Chattanooga choo chooWhen Chattanooga became the first city in the United States to turn on a citywide fiber network that offered remarkably fast internet service, multinational businesses moved in and prompted rapid growth and development. Renovations included new trails in the Tennessee Riverpark; new restaurants and music venues in the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo, a former train station; and, when it reopens this summer, an amphitheater and more green space to downtown Miller Park. New hotels range from the Dwell Hotel, a midcentury glam boutique, to a 260-room Westin. And Songbirds Guitar Museum, with an impressive collection of rare and vintage guitars, adds to a flourishing music scene.

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Published online Jan. 10, 2018: Written by Kelly DiNardo